Microsoft Pushes Windows 10 2004 to Final Stages of Development

Windows 10 2004

Microsoft is gearing up to launch Windows 10 2004 since the development has reached the final stages. According to reports, the Windows 10 2004 will hit your PC before the end of May 2020. The Windows 10 2004 will provide a wide range of new improvements and features without Cortana addition. The upcoming release will ship with 60 major additions. However, Windows 2004 will remove Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant integration into the operating system.

You should note that Cortana will ship as an optional Windows Store app and you will have a choice to decide about the usage. The Microsoft 365 subscription provides access to Cortana, which is used to improve productivity-related tasks. You can perform quick searches on Windows 10 in Search Home using the shortcut on the Taskbar without using Cortana. The upcoming Windows update will also include Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) with over 120 bug fixes and improvements. This includes improved memory management, updated Linux Kernel, ARM64 virtualization support, Docker Desktop support including new WSL commands.

After the installation of Windows 10 2004, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) can be configured to start automatically. These apps are triggered and run in such a way that they are run immediately after the sign-in process.

Microsoft has upgraded Notepad and will be included along with the Windows 10 2004 version. You will be able to perform Find & Replace searches with improved text zooming capabilities. The Notepad will also display line numbers when making use of word wrap. If your current work is not saved, then Notepad will display an indicator. Moreover, you can save files in UTF-8 without a Byte Order Mark, which makes them backward compatible with ASCII based text files.

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The Windows 10 2004 provides improved disk usage for Windows Search Indexer in addition to a new File Explorer search experience. The Windows Hello PIN is available to log into a device in Safe Mode. The update also provides an ability to connect IP based cameras to Windows 10 devices. Moreover, the upcoming update enhances Bluetooth pairing via Action Center notifications. The update includes an improved tablet experience on 2-in-1 PCs with increased spacing between touch targets. You will be able to add Calendar items from the calendar flyout on the Taskbar including quick access to notification settings from the Action Center notifications.

The Windows 10 2004 update has expanded Dictation to include 12 new languages

  • (English (Canada)
  • English (UK)
  • English (Australia)
  • English (India)
  • French (France)
  • French (Canada)
  • German (Germany)
  • Italian (Italy)
  • Spanish (Spain)
  • Spanish (Mexico)
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Chinese (Simplified, China))

The Microsoft Sandbox accessibility now includes Microphone support in addition to audio input device configuration options, dialog activation, and keyboard shortcut for entering/exiting full-screen mode. The configuration files are supported to tweak vGPU, networking, and shared folders in your instance of Windows Sandbox.

With the help of the Windows May 2020 update, you will be able to preview changes to the text cursor in settings. You will find three ways to start reading content using Magnifier. The Narrator can provide page summaries alongside a new sound scheme, which improves functionality and responsiveness.

Microsoft has carried out an extensive iteration with 55 builds over the last 15 months via the Windows Insider program. The final build spent nearly four months in the Slow Ring. The upcoming Windows 10 2004 will be available for testers in the Windows Insider Program Fast Ring.

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Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com