Windows 10 news recap: Windows 10 redesign “Sun Valley” could be on the way, Adobe Flash says farewell, and more

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Welcome back to our Windows 10 news recap, where we go over the top stories of the past week in the world of Microsoft’s flagship operating system.

Microsoft to change how Windows 10 manual driver updates work on November 5

Improvements to how driver updates are managed on Windows 10 are coming in early November. For automatic driver updates, these will continue to function as normal, installing either when you connect a peripheral for the first time, or if the manufacturer publishes a driver to Windows Update. But for manual driver updates, these will only install if you specifically request them fromSettings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates.

Windows Update Optional Updates

Adobe Flash removed for good with latest Windows 10 optional update

A new optional update for Windows 10 does away with Adobe Flash for good. The optional update to remove Adobe Flash is also available for all supported versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server. This only removes Flash from Internet Explorer and legacy Edge, other browsers that come with it as a built-in component may continue to have Flash available.

Adobe Flash

Alexa for Windows 10 gets new look, new features

Amazon’s Alexa app for Windows 10 has received a design overhaul, implementing a new design language, in addition to bringing some new features, such as adding support for Drop in to video calls.

Microsoft is reportedly planning big Windows 10 redesign codenamed “Sun Valley”

A design overhaul could be heading for Windows 10 in the future. According to a new report, Microsoft is planning a design overhaul codenamed “Sun Valley” which could be coming in the Windows 10 “Cobalt” update, expected in Fall 2021.

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That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Windows 10 news.