What is new in Windows 10 October 2020 update (20H2)

Windows 10 October 2020 update has been released by Microsoft on 20th October 2020. This update aims to fix bugs and performance, but also includes some bigger changes such as the removal of the System Control Panel. In this blog we highlight the most important changes of the Windows 10 October 2020 update which is also referred to as the 20H2 update.

Microsoft removed the system page in the control panel

With this latest Windows 10 update the System Control Panel is going to disappear. If you want to open the system page in the control panel after the update you will be re-directed to the About page in the new settings app. This is not as major as it sounds. All of the information previously found in the Settings pane of the Control Panel is now available in the Settings app. This is another step in Microsoft’s long process of slowly removing the control panel. This is however not going to happen anytime soon. At the moment the control panel has too many useful options. However Microsoft is very slowly migrating the functionality to the new Settings app.

Use Android apps from your Samsung phone on your PC

In this update Microsoft is expanding the Your Phone app with more features. You can now Select Samsung Devices. If you are the proud owner of one of these phones you can now directly access your phone’s Android apps on your Windows 10 PC. They will still be running on your phone and will give you the ability to  launch, view and use them on your Windows 10 device. Microsoft may release this feature in early 20H1 and other versions of Windows 10. For now, it is only available in Insider builds of 20H2 and newer builds of Windows 10.

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What is new in Windows 10 October 2020 update (20H2)Using alt-tab will show Edge tabs

When using the Edge browser, Windows 10 will now display browser tabs in your Alt-Tab switch. Rather than displaying just one Edge thumbnail for each browser window, you will notice a number of different tabs in the Alt-Tab switcher. This way you can quickly find and switch between multiple web pages Alt-Tab. If you do not like this feature you can switch it off. Go to Settings, System, Multitasking and you can configure Alt-Tab to show your most recent tabs. You can also turn it off for the classic Alt-Tab functionality.

Better looking Start menu matching new Windows 10 icons

With the current Windows 10 Start menu the background of the tiles is either light or dark matching your Windows 10 theme. Using the standard theme colours means that the new icons of Windows 10 will look better in your Start menu.

Automatic switching of tablet mode.

When you used to remove your keyboard from your 2 in 1 device Windows 10 asked you if you want to activate tablet mode. After installing this Windows 10 update on your device Windows 10 will automatically switch to tablet mode. This makes the user experience much better. You can always switch back to manual. Go to the tablet settings in your system settings.

Improved use of Taskbar pinned websites in Edge

Microsoft has made it easier in this update to work with pinned websites on your Taskbar. When a website is pinned to your Taskbar using Edge you can hover or click the pinned website and see all browser tabs for that website. For example when you have several pages of a website open, even in different browser windows, you can easily find them using this functionality.

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