Changes in Windows 10 May update

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Microsoft has released a huge update to Windows 10 adding a ton of features as well as removing a lot of features it no longer wants or cares about.

For example, support for Windows Mobile sync has been dropped. The mobile platform will become obsolete by December anyway, so Microsoft are shuttering some of its features early.

Windows Search and Cortana

Ever since Windows 10 came out, Cortana has become part of or a replacement for, Windows Search.

In the May 2019 update, this is no longer the case, Windows Search has undergone a huge revamp and Cortana is now a separate program.

Windows Sandbox

Microsoft has implemented a feature that allows users to test unknown programs and apps in a sandbox environment.

I’ve covered sandboxes before, but basically it is an area of the computer that is walled off from the rest of the computer to test unknown and suspect programs and apps in. If they turn out to be rogue, you don’t lose precious data as closing the sandbox triggers it to clean itself ready for next time. Sadly, Microsoft has not enabled this feature for home users, only for Pro and Enterprise users. It is also not enabled by default, you have to enable it manually.

Ability to pause updates

A common problem with Windows 10 is the update system wasn’t easy to control, so often in the middle of a presentation, Windows would announce it is installing updates and restarting the computer.

In the Pro and Enterprise versions, it was possible to delay update installs to a more convenient time, now Microsoft allows all versions to pause updates.

Insecure WiFi

Microsoft don’t like users to connect to insecure wireless networks so they have extended the warnings they give when connecting to insecure networks to include:

  • Open networks without a password or captive portal
  • WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy)
  • WPA (Wireless Protected Access) using TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol)

Light Theme and Minor Tweaks

Microsoft has added a new Light Theme to Windows and a matching background.

Additionally, icons have been enhanced to make them clearer.

Microsoft has been working on a new version of Windows Subsystem for Linux to improve its I/O capability and to allow for an entire Linux kernel to run which will allow for running services.

Passwordless Login

You can now use a mobile phone number in a Microsoft account to login without using a password. Instead you receive a PIN from Microsoft that you enter into your computer.

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