Last month, Microsoft announced the next major Windows 10 May 2020 Update, previously known as 2004 and codenamed 20H1. And now, a month later, Microsoft released a new version of the SDK and began distributing the next major update of Windows 10.
It is worth mentioning right away that so far Windows 10 version 2004 is available only to MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) subscribers; Previously, a new version of Windows 10 was received by OEMs. This is about the 19041.208 ( KB4558244 ) release, which should be final.
Windows 10: May 2020 update will be available at the end of the month
According to ZDNet columnist Mary Joe Foley, initially, Microsoft planned to launch the update today. But the zero-day vulnerability discovered at the last moment forced the company to slightly shift the public release date. Now the company focuses on May 28th. Recall that the wide availability does not mean instant installation – as always. The update will be deployed automatically on compatible devices gradually.
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As we have repeatedly reported, contrary to expectations, the major fresh May update, like the previous November update of Windows 10, does not bring anything radically new to ordinary users.
The most important innovation in the May update of Windows10 is for developers. This is an improved version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) environment. It includes a modified version of the Linux kernel of Microsoft’s own development. Recall, Microsoft announced the addition of the Linux kernel to Windows a year ago, and in June 2019 the first test build of the OS was released.
The update brings new features and an updated interface for the Cortana voice assistant. In addition some improvements in Search. As well as a lot of small changes in the GUI, including new icons for applications.
A complete list of changes and minor fixes for the Windows 10 May 2020 Update is available on the corresponding page of the Windows Insider Program website. By the way, The update was available for Windows Insider members since last month.