Windows 10 build 20H2 gets new Start menu and more features

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  • Microsoft released Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.421 to the Beta Channel.
  • New build 19042.421 features include theme-aware tiles in the Start menu, programmable Taskbar, and pinned site updates for Edge.
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Windows 10 20H2 Start menu

Microsoft released Windows 10 20H2 Build 19042.421 to the Beta Channel.

Remember the new Start menu with theme-aware tiles that came with build 20161 in the Dev Channel? The feature (along with Alt + Tab transition between apps and sites in Edge, programmable Taskbar, and more) has now moved to the next Windows 10 beta testing phase.

New Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.421 features

1. New Windows 10 Start menu

The new Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.421 introduces new features like theme-aware tiles in the Start menu.  The redesigned interface creates a perfect home for Fluent Design icons for Microsoft Office applications and Edge.

2. Programmable Taskbar

The personalized Taskbar that came with build 20161 is now available to insiders in the Beta Channel.

3. Pinned sites in Edge

Interestingly, this build includes an update for Edge that makes it easier to access multiple tabs for your Taskbar-pinned sites.

At the time of writing this, the pinned site update is also available to Dev Channel insiders, courtesy of build 20175. It doesn’t come as a surprise since the three Windows code testing channels are no longer about what gets where first.

Instead, the distinction is in the quality and stability of the code right now. So you may expect Beta Channel testers to have a smoother experience than their Dev Channel counterparts with any of these Windows 10 changes.

4. Device management

There’s a change in the modern device management (MDM) policy affecting Local Users and Groups. As a system admin, you can now make granular modifications to a local group.

6. Multi-tab transition in Edge with Alt + Tab

In addition, build 19042.421 brings the ability to quickly transition between apps and multiple open tabs in Edge by pressing Alt + Tab keys.

5. Other updates

Other Windows 10 feature updates currently live in the Beta Channel involve notification toasts, Settings page, and 2-in-1 tablet experiences. You can read all about them in our build 20161 article.

As always, feel free to write your feedback on the latest Windows 10 updates in the comments section below.