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Windows 10 version 2003 (20H1) spring 2020 update: All the new features and changes

UPDATED 6/13: Windows 10 version 2003 is expected to rollout during spring 2020, and here are all the new features and changes that Microsoft has added to the new version thus far.

Windows 10 version 2003 will be the ninth major refresh since the original release that Microsoft is planning to release sometime in spring 2020 with new features and improvements. 

Also, codenamed “20H1,” this will be the first of two developments coming in 2020, and while we’re still a month away from the final release, thanks to the previews available in the Windows Insider Program, we’re now slowly starting to see the changes that will be available with this new update.

In this guide, we’ll highlight the new features and improvements planned for version 2003 as they appear in each test preview. (It’s unclear if the Microsoft will use the “May 2020 Update,” “April 2020 Update,” or another name for this feature update.)

What happened with Windows 10 19H2? According to the company, the 19H2 update is in the works, but some of the features planned for the 20H1 update need a longer leap time, which is the reason that we’re seeing previews of the next year feature update so early. Once the May 2019 Update becomes officially available, Microsoft will resume making 19H2 builds available to testers.

Info: This guide will get updated and republished with features and improvements as they become available through the Windows Insider Program. However, depending on when you’re reading this guide, some features and changes may still be missing. If this is the case, you can check this section with the latest updates.

What’s new with desktop experience on Windows 10 20H1

File Explorer

Starting with Windows 10 version 2003, the search box in File Explorer is now controlled by Windows Search. This also means that the search box in File Explorer will integrate with OneDrive content online, just like when using search from the taskbar.

File Explorer search on Windows 10 build 18894
File Explorer search on Windows 10 version 2003

Also, the File Explorer app has been updated with a drop-down list with your search history when you click the search box (or when using the CTRL + E shortcut to set focus to it). And the search experience has been updated to be dark when using the dark system mode.

Task Manager

In this update, you’ll even find an updated Task Manager Performance tab, which now shows the drive type (for example, SSD), which should come in handy on devices with multiple hard drives.

Task Manager with drive type in the Performance tab
Task Manager with drive type in the Performance tab

Windows Ink Workspace

In addition, this new 20H1 update, when opening the Windows Ink Workspace, you’ll notice a new interface, which is significantly smaller, and Windows 10 is now converging the whiteboarding experiences with a new direct link to the Microsoft Whiteboard app.

Windows Ink Workspace for Windows 10 20H1
Windows Ink Workspace for Windows 10 20H1

What’s new with Settings experience on Windows 10 20H1

Sounds

Starting with version 2003, the App Volume and devices preferences in the Settings app is getting interface tweaks to make the experience a little more usable.

App volume and device preferences on Windows 10 20H1
App volume and device preferences on Windows 10 20H1

Delivery Optimization

After installing the 20H1 update, you’ll also notice that the Delivery Optimization settings page now includes new settings to throttle the bandwidth as an absolute value. You can set this separately for Foreground downloads or background downloads.

Delivery Optimization for Windows 10 20H1
Delivery Optimization for Windows 10 20H1

Narrator

The 20H1 update for Windows 10 also introduces Narrator improvements, including:

  • Narrator table reading: Narrator is now more efficient when reading tables. Only the deltas are read when navigating. Entering and exiting tables is also less verbose.
  • Narrator web page summary: There’s a new command in Narrator to give a webpage summary (Narrator + S).
  • Magnifier text cursor setting: Magnifier can now keep the text cursor in the center of the screen making it easier and smoother to type. Centered on the screen is on by default and can be changed in the Magnifier settings.
  • Data Table Reading Improvements: Narrator is now able to read the header data first, followed by the cell data, followed by the row and column position for that particular cell. In addition, it only reads the headers when the headers have changed allowing you to focus on the content of the cell.

What’s new with input experience on Windows 10 20H1

SwiftKey

Microsoft SwiftKey technology that gives you more accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your writing behavior using the touch and hardware keyboard is expanding to 39 additional languages.

Dictation

Microsoft dictation technology is expanding to 12 additional languages.

Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME)

If you write in Japanese, this new version of Windows 10 ships with an updated IME experience, which is more secure, more stable, and improves game compatibility. 

In the case that you type in Chinese, the operating system introduces new versions of the Chinese Simplified IMEs (Pinyin and Wubi), as well as the Chinese Traditional IMEs (Bopomofo, ChangJie and Quick).

Microsoft also has improved the security and reliability of the experience. Starting with the 20H1 update, you’ll also notice a cleaner interface for the candidate window and settings pages. (The new settings of the Microsoft Input Method Editors are available within the Settings app.)

What’s new with system experience on Windows 10 20H1

The out-of-box experience (OOBE) now includes a lock icon for private networks.

Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

Starting with version 2003, Windows 10 ships with Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, which is a new version of the feature that runs ELF64 Linux binaries.

This new architecture uses a real Linux kernel, and as a result it changes the way that Linux binaries interact with Windows 10 and the hardware while maintaining the same experience like in the previous version.

Microsoft says that this new version delivers a much faster file system performance and full system call compatibility, which lets you run more applications like Docker.

You can learn more about WSL version 2 in this Microsoft website.

What’s new with apps experience on Windows 10 20H1

Notepad

Starting with version 2003, Notepad  introduces the ability to restore unsaved content after installing an update.

Editor’s note: This guide includes features and improvements that appeared until Windows 10 build 18917. It should be noted that this guide focuses on features for consumers, as Microsoft is also adding other features aimed for enterprises, which aren’t included here. (This guide was originally published on April 15, 2019, and last updated on June 13, 2019.)