In this article, which is part of our “Window 10 version 2004 top features” series, we are talking about top new usability features & performance improvements that users will receive with Windows 10 20H1 aka version 2004. You can read the first and second part of our coverage of all the changes and new features that Windows 10 Version 20H1 brings with itself by clicking here and here.
Windows 10 20H1 update aka Windows 10 Version 2004 is the next Windows 10 version and it will be released sometime in April 2020 to public. The version 2004 update is a major feature update and brings many new features, changes and improvements.
Here are the major new usability and speed enhancements that Windows 10 2004 enables.
Improved disk usage for Windows Search:
Windows 10 users have been complaining about excessive disk and CPU usage and general performance issues when search indexer runs. Microsoft has introduced an algorithm that detects high disk usage and activity, so it can better identify peak usage times and manage the search indexer accordingly. As per the new algorithm, the search indexer will stop or throttle down when:
- Gaming mode is ON
- Power savings mode is ON
- Low power mode is ON (constrained mode or connected standby)
- The device is waking up after being in low power mode or in a logon state
- Device goes from AC->DC
- CPU usage goes above 80%
- Disk usage goes above 70%
- The device’s battery charge is < 50%
- The device’s display state goes to screen off
They have also made changes for developers to prevent searches of certain repositories and project folders to improve disk usage.
Quick Event Create from the Taskbar:
You can now quickly create an event straight from the Calendar flyout on the Taskbar. Just select the date and time at the lower right corner of the Taskbar to open the Calendar flyout and pick your desired date and start typing in the text box. You’ll then see inline options to set a time and location.
Go passwordless with Microsoft accounts:
For improved security and a more seamless sign-in experience, you can now enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, and selecting ‘On’ under ‘Make your device passwordless’. This will strengthen your device sign-in by switching all Microsoft accounts on your device to modern multifactor authentication with Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN, and eliminating passwords from Windows.
New Bluetooth pairing experience:
Microsoft intends to revamp the Bluetooth pairing experience on Windows 10 making it easier and faster in version 2004. Here are the changes.
- Pairing is all done in notifications now. You don’t need to go to the Settings app anymore to finish pairing.
- For faster pairing time, we improved the UI by showing one less notification.
- We added a Dismiss button to the first notification to give you more control while using Swift Pair.
- To make the notification more helpful, now we show the device name and category when we can.
Automatic restart for Desktop & UWP apps to reduce sign-in time:
Microsoft has introduced a new separate setting to control if registered desktop apps and open UWP apps from your previous sign-in session are restarted when signing back in to Windows. To reduce sign-in time, UWP apps are restarted minimized, in a suspended state, giving Windows and other apps more resources to get started.
- Go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and turn on “Automatically save my restartable apps when I sign out and restart them after I sign in.” under “Restart apps”.
- Start one or more UWP apps, such as Feedback Hub.
- Sign out and then sign back into Windows.
Redesigned Network Status page:
The Network & Internet landing page in Settings has been revamped in Version 2004 to get more information at a glance about your device’s connectivity, combining several pages to give you one clear view of how you are connected to the internet.
- New view of active connections: We now show all available connection interfaces on the Status page, so you can quickly see what is connected and view and change properties as needed. If you have multiple connections, only one will be used for internet connectivity at a time, and that one is still shown in the Status diagram at the top of the page.
- Integrated Data Usage: As you may have noticed in the picture above, you can now see how much data is being used by a network right from the Status page! If it looks like you’re using a lot of data, you can drill into the Data Usage page to create a limit for that network, which will warn you if you get close or go over your limit. You can also see how much data each app is using on that network.
A new File Explorer search experience:
File explorer search is now powered by Windows Search. This change will help integrate your OneDrive content online with the traditional indexed results. As you type in File Explorer’s search box, you’ll now see a dropdown populated with suggested files.
These improved results can be launched directly by clicking the entry in the new suggestions box, or if you want to open the file location, just right-click the entry and there’ll be an option to do so. If you need to use commands or dig deeper into non-indexed locations, you can still press enter and populate the view with the traditional search results.
Adding Mouse Cursor speed to Settings:
In version 2004 you can now set your mouse cursor speed from within Settings. You can find the setting under Settings > Devices > Mouse.