The Microsoft has rolled out Windows 10 October 2020 Update, also known as Windows 10 20H2 Update to get the latest version of Windows OS. The new update for October 2020 includes features such as a new design start menu, a new option to adjust the refresh rate, changes in the taskbar, and more changes. With the Windows 10 20H2 update, Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser also gets new usability and security features.
The Windows 10 20H2 update will be available for all Windows 10 desktops, laptops, and PCs in the coming weeks. Most people spend more time at home in front of their computers, and any additional features that help improve productivity are welcome. Among all the new features, Microsoft Edge’s improved privacy, new Start menu, and a new Alt + Tab functionality are considered to be the three most useful features. Here’s a look at three new features that will be released on Windows 10 October 2020 and how to use them.
Start the Menu Personalization
The Windows 10 Start Menu will provide a new interface with the October 2020 update. The latest interface is one step away from the default solid color tiles and features partially transparent tiles for all apps, to make the app icon more visible. The theme of the Start menu will also change depending on the system menu – if a user is using Dark Mode or Light Mode. Also, the Start Menu is optimized on the latest version of Windows 10. Users can choose to add colors to their tiles to match the desktop theme. To do this, users need to go to Settings> Personality> Color and enable Accent Color on Start, Taskbar, and Action Center.
Security on Edge Browser has been improved
Windows 10 20H2 also offers an improved version of Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser. Using Google’s open source platform (Chromium) allows Microsoft Edge to open more websites that are not compatible with older versions and significantly improve load times. In addition, the new Edge browser comes with a privacy feature that seeks to prevent users from tracking sites online. In addition, a feature called Collection allows users to gather information from different websites in one place. In addition, the latest Edge browser features a price comparison before Black Friday and the Christmas shopping season.
To set the level of online tracking from different websites, users need to go to Edge Settings> Privacy and Services. There, users will see three options – basic, balanced and strict. The ‘basic’ setting prevents most trackers, ‘balanced’ trackers from sites you haven’t tracked, and prevents ‘hard’ most trackers from all websites. Clicking the ‘Lock’ icon on the left side of the address bar will allow users to change their privacy settings on the go.
To use the collection, users must click on the ‘+’ sign placed to the right of the search bar. Clicking on the ‘+’ box will open the Collection panel on the right side of the user’s screen. Clicking on ‘Start New Collection’ will activate this feature, and users can also give their collection a name. There will be a ‘Add an existing page’ option to save the users of the web page. Collections allow users to combine images from a page as well as select and drag text. These sets can be exported to Word or Excel by clicking on the three dot ‘Share and More’ icon above.
New ALT + Tab Functionality
With the above features, the latest Windows 10 version opens all tabs on the Edge browser by pressing Alt + TAB. Previously, Windows 10 users had to display only one active tab in each browser window. Users can configure this feature to show only the last three or five tabs, or turn it off completely. To adjust the ALT + TAB functionality, users need to go to Settings> System> Multitasking. Clicking on ‘Multi-Tasking’ will open a drop-down menu with the option that ALT + TAB can do.