Windows 10 1909 released by Microsoft

November 14, 2019

On Tuesday 12th November Microsoft released Windows 10 1909 – a feature update with very few new features!

Users under support from Your IT need do nothing. If asked to upgrade, please reject the option as we will manage this. We understand that Microsoft will not begin forcing upgrades to Windows 10 1909 until January 2020. This gives us plenty of time for a smooth, controlled rollout which will cause little disruption.

What you can expect from Windows 10 1909

Windows 10 1909 is most notable for what it is not: It is not a feature upgrade as Microsoft has defined the term for Windows 10. Instead, 1909 will be little more than a rerun of May’s 1903, including all the fixes Microsoft has made to that version since its debut, and a very small number of new features.

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. Then pick your desired date and start typing in the text box. You’ll now see inline options to set a time and location.

The navigation pane on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it to better inform where clicking goes.

Friendly images have been added to show what is meant by “banner” and “Action Center” when adjusting the notifications on apps. This makes these settings more approachable and understandable.

Notifications settings under Settings > System > Notifications will now default to sorting notification senders by most recently shown notification, rather than sender name. This makes it easier to find and configure frequent and recent senders. Also added a setting to turn off playing sound when notifications appear.

Options to configure and turn off notifications from an app/website are now shown right on the notification, both as a banner and in Action Center.

A “Manage notifications” button has been added to the top of Action Center that launches the main “Notifications & actions” Settings page.

And that’s really it!

There are a number of ‘under the hood’ changes, and the 1903 update introduced a number of new features including Windows Sandbox, Light Theme, Snip and an all important Emoji update! For a full list of 1903 features visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-insider/at-home/whats-new-wip-at-home-1903

Just to reiterate for Your IT clients, you need do nothing, we’ll handle the update automatically. However, on your home machines and laptops you’ll need to select Download and Update from Windows Update.

Windows 10 update window
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