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The new Windows 10 start menu is now official

Microsoft has announced the new Windows 10 Start menu  that has been rumored for months.

The company already showed a preview of this start menu in March this year, which is already coming to the Windows 10 Insiders program, as the company explained in a blog post on July 1. The most significant change is that the new menu is visually more uniform when it stops giving so much emphasis to Live Tiles, a characteristic element of Windows 10. (Live Tiles are those “tiles” where applications or widgets are found inside the start menu and that currently have very striking colors).

“We are revamping the Start menu with a more uniform design that removes the solid color tiles behind the icons in the application list and applies a partially transparent uniform background to the tiles,” explains Microsoft in its publication.

Microsoft says it is still possible to customize the menu and that you can choose a color accent in dark mode for the Start menu, the taskbar and the activity center.

Along with an updated Start menu, the latest version of Windows 10 also includes changes to the Alt-Tab command (which helps you to access any open application or window faster). From now on the command will optionally show all the open tabs of Microsoft Edge (until now only the one that was active at the time of pressing the command was shown).

Finally, the system notifications now add an “X” button so you can close them when they bother you easily. These changes are already available to users of the Insider program and although Microsoft has not disclosed the date that all users will have access to these changes, it is expected to happen in some of the semi-annual updates within this year.

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Windows 10 finally gets its big update of the year. Here’s how to install

After several months of waiting, behold, the much-promised update in May started to be sent to all Windows 10 users. This distribution starts a day earlier than expected and I don’t think anyone will complain.

Microsoft has slightly changed the philosophy of Windows 10 updates, so this will be the most important of the year. Towards the end of 2020 another update is expected, but only to correct minor details.

What’s new in Windows 10 May 2020 Update

This version is also known as Windows 10 version 2004 and brings some news that deserve to be highlighted. Firstly, we have a renewed interface for the Cortana assistant.

Cortana is now an independent application, which means it can be improved at any time. It gives primacy to written commands, something that goes against the new ideology that Microsoft has for Cortana.

We also have news for virtual desktops that will now last even after you turn off your computer. It will also be possible to assign names that will also be saved automatically.

There is an effort to unify all Windows settings in the Settings application, the notepad has also been improved alongside the File Explorer and we should also mention new productivity options for Calendar and Mail.

How to install the new update for Windows 10

Unfortunately, Microsoft will not automatically install this update on its users’ computers. So, there are some methods you can use to receive news.

You can always manually check Windows Update for new updates. In my case, I still don’t have access to it via this route, but if you do, you will be presented with a link that will take you to the installation of Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

The most immediate is to go to the Microsoft website and click on the “Update now” button. An executable file will be downloaded that will proceed to update, in a simple way, your Windows 10.

If none of these solutions work, you can always download this tool from Microsoft . Once started, you will have to accept the terms, select the option to update your PC and follow the instructions.