Windows 10 20H2 brings more security and new Edge features

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  • Microsoft started to roll out the October 2020 update (v20H2) for all users.
  • It comes with a few improvements, mostly for the Edge browser.
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As expected for some time now, Microsoft announced yesterday that they have started rolling out the Windows 10 October 2020 update (also known as version 20H2 or v2009) for all users.

Until now, the updates have been available only for the users in the Insider program.

Many of these updates are requested features from you to help make your experience on Windows even better, as the announcement puts it.

The unrolling process will most probably take several weeks to ensure a smooth update for everybody.

What’s new in Windows 10 20H2?

1. Shortcuts and Price comparison feature in Edge

Microsoft’s Edge will come as the default browser with this latest update. Until now, Windows 10 included a legacy version that would have been updated further on.

New features or improvements to this browser will be released every 6 weeks from now on.

To add to the user experience, you will be able to switch between browser tabs and running tasks at the same time, using the Alt + Tab shortcut. It’s the same shortcut now used to navigate only between desktop apps and programs that you’re currently using.

In preparation for the holiday season, Microsoft encourages the use of the handy Collections feature to which a Price comparison was added, for easier decision-making when shopping online.

2. New Start and Taskbar design

Once you install the Windows 20H2 version, you’ll notice a slight change in the color design of the Start menu, to enhance the icons and improve visibility in both light and dark mode.

Similarly, the Taskbar will be more customizable, to appeal to the users’ needs.

3. Increased security for companies

The 20H2 update will bring stronger app protection for companies only. Namely, the Windows Defender Application Guard will secure against possible external attacks not just websites opened in Edge, but also the Office suite apps.

4. Custom display refresh rate

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Starting version 20H2, users can change the refresh rate of their displays, using the Advanced display setings.

Keep in mind that the quicker an image refreshes on the screen, the better the viewing experience. A slower refresh rate might cause flickering, eye strain, and headaches.

To customize the refresh rate, once you have the October 2020 update:

  1. Open Settings and choose System.
  2. Stay in the Display menu and scroll down to Advanced display settings.
  3. Choose the display (if applicable).
  4. Open the Refresh rate drop-down menu and choose a new value.

The entire list of the improvements that come with the October 2020 update are included in the official Microsoft announcement.

The Windows 10 October 2020 update is available for users with devices running Windows 10, versions 1903, and higher. We offer a full installation guide to make sure you get the update right.

As it always happens with Windows 10 updates sooner or later, some things might go wrong. Be prepared beforehand with our guide for the most common October update issues reported so far.

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