After almost a year and a half of beta testing, the next update to Windows 10 is finally here. The Windows Update of May 10, 2020 can be officially downloaded from Windows Update.
This new version of Windows 10 is a result of last year's November 2019 update and is minor compared to previous updates. It offers some improvements to the operating system used on 1 billion devices worldwide. Everyday things like Windows Update, the calendar in the taskbar and the Task Manager will be improved with the May 2020 update.
The most important update is File Explorer, which has received a small visual upgrade. It's a small change, but users are likely to notice it considering how often File Explorer is used in Windows. There's also a new Cortana experience and the ability to rename virtual desktops as well.
Further improvements include an advanced search function, since the search function is now supported by Windows Search. This should improve the benefits and make the results more consistent.
After the Windows 10 May 2020 update was released, Microsoft's attention is likely to shift to the next major version of Windows. to appear in autumn. There is no official name yet, but the company has changed the way the operating system is tested with Windows Insider beta testers. Beta versions now come from a branch called "Active Development".
Along with a transition where Surface boss Panos Panay is responsible for Windows 10, there is a lot ahead for the future of Windows 10, and even Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 10X, could soon come to regular laptops.
How to download the Windows 10 May 2020 update
To download the May 2020 update today, you can check it in Windows Update. To do this, go to Windows Settings, click Update & Security and select Windows Update, followed by Check for updates.
When it is ready for your PC, the option "Function update to Windows 10, version 2004" appears under Optional updates in Windows Update. You can then trigger a download by clicking Download and Install Now. The installation and download process takes a few minutes, depending on the speed of your internet connection and the age of your PC.
If you don't see the May 2020 update in Windows Update, it may not be ready for your PC yet. It is recommended to wait, but you can still force the installation through the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.
Back up your PC and important files first, then visit the Microsoft website and click the "Download Now" button. Install the tool after downloading and select "Update this PC now" and then "Next". The tool will then guide you through the installation steps.