Over a billion users can now access the long-awaited Windows 10 October 2020 update.
There are a number of changes, including:
- Redesigned Start menu
- Alt Tab changes
- Bundled Chromium-powered Microsoft Edge
The redesigned Start menu comes as a visual change that is easy to spot.
The solid colour behind the app logos is now a thing of the past – tiles with a transparent background are the new approach.
Although the new Start menu is easier to navigate, its functionality remains the same.
The Alt Tab mechanic is a much more noticeable change in comparison.
In the past, pressing the aforementioned key combination would allow you to cycle through the apps that are currently running.
After applying the new update, all open tabs in Microsoft Edge will be displayed instead.
For those who prefer the classic functionality, there is the option to switch back to it.
The next addition is related to gaming.
It allows you to switch to higher refresh rates straight from the Windows 10 settings panel.
Next, we have notifications changes that make them easier to manage and identify.
At the top of every notification, you will now find app logos to make them easily distinguishable.
Upon inspecting the taskbar, you will find that it is less cluttered than before.
If you are using a 2-in-1 laptop, you will no longer be shown a notification in tablet mode.
This is a gradual rollout, so you may not be able to install the update just yet.
John Cable, head of Windows servicing and delivery at Microsoft, explained that the company wants to ensure a reliable download experience, so there will be a gradual rollout that may take weeks to reach everyone.
To double-check whether your device is eligible, head to Windows Update.