The new operating system integrates Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2), with a custom Linux kernel integrated into the operating system with better performance than the first version. Microsoft will update the kernel via Windows Update and made it open source so that developers can create their own version of the WSL kernel and contribute to the changes. WSL 2 does not include support for the GUI of Linux applications or hardware acceleration through the GPU, but will come with the next Windows updates.
Redmond’s house pays off easier to pair Bluetooth devices to Windows 10 PCs, facilitates passwordless authentication via fingerprint, PIN or Windows Hello -, allows better management of virtual desktops and integrates new ones DirectX 12 Ultimate API, which integrate not only maximum support for ray tracing, but also new techniques such as Variable Rate Shading, Mesh shader and Sampler Feedback exploitable by the developers.
Microsoft has also improved memory management by the Microsoft Edge browser and renewed the Notepad inserting functions such as find / replace, quick zoom of the text and the useful indication of an asterisk in the title bar to warn that there are unsaved changes. May 2020 Update also brings the ability to make calls from the “Your phone” app on ARM chip PCs supported by Microsoft and OEM partners.
“Now you can place, receive or answer incoming phone calls directly on your PC without having the Android phone right next to the PC. Not everything, with the app Your phone can send or receive messages, check notifications and get the instant access to photos and apps from your Android phone via your computer screen and keyboard. ”
Microsoft has also done so additions and changes regarding accessibility and offers an app dedicated to the digital assistant Cortana with better capabilities, although initially they will only be accessible in the United States. It also improves the Task Manager, with an indication of the type of disk installed – SSD or HDD – and the temperature of the dedicated GPU. Finally, Windows 10 search has been renewed to impact less on CPU and storage, as well as offer better results thanks to the integration with OneDrive.
The announcement of the availability of Windows 10 May 2020 Update does not mean that the update is offered immediately to all PCs, but they are there different modes if you want to download and install it immediately, let’s see some of them.
How to switch immediately to Windows 10 May 2020 Update
Do you want to force Microsoft’s hand? Well, go to Windows Update and do the manual search for updates, May 2020 Update (2004 version) should appear among the proposed downloads. Doesn’t it happen? Perhaps you have activated the option to delay updates, accessible from the Windows Update Advanced Options: you just have to remove any limitations.
Another method of getting Windows 10 2004 is to switch from the utilityUpdate Assistant or from the Media Creation Tool, both available from this page. Once downloaded, follow the various steps proposed by the programs, being careful if you want to keep the pre-existing data or not. Alternatively, anyone who can access the former MSDN, My Visual Studio Download, can also download .ISO files to create bootable sticks or media – we talked about it here. Finally, there is the option to subscribe to the Windows Insider program, to the Release Preview channel: indications on how to do it can be found in this news.