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What’s New in Windows 10’s 20H2 Update, Arriving Fall 2020

The new light start menu tiles on Windows 10's 20H2 update.

Windows 10’s 20H2 update will debut in the second half of 2020—likely in October or November. This update is focused on bug and performance fixes, but it has some larger changes—like the removal of the System Control Panel.

This article is up-to-date with the latest changes as of Windows 10 Insider build 19042.450, which was released on August 11, 2020.

There’s Not a Lot New, and That’s Big News!

Windows 10’s 20H2 update does offer some notable changes—the classic System pane in the Control Panel is vanishing—but mostly features smaller changes. That’s very exciting.

Sure, we had a smaller update last year with 19H2 (the November 2019 Update) followed by a larger update with 20H1 (the May 2020 Update). But Microsoft insisted that there was no plan to do a small update followed by a large update each year. This time around, 20H2 easily could have been another big release packed full of features. Instead, Microsoft is taking the existing 20H1 update and polishing it even further.

This update should be plenty stable because of all that effort going into polishing and bug-fixing. That’s good news for Windows 10 users.

That’s our Microsoft-to-English translation of what’s going on, anyway. Here’s how Microsoft phrases it: “Windows 10 version 20H2 will offer a scoped set of features to improve performance and enhance quality.”

This update will be fast to install, just like 19H2 was. If you’re already running the May 2020 Update (20H1), installing it will be as fast as installing a normal monthly update—no long download or lengthy reboot required.

Microsoft Removed the System Control Panel

Windows 10's Settings > System > About page.

In this version of Windows, the classic “System” page in the Control Panel has been removed. When you try to open it, you’ll be taken to the About page in the new Settings app.

This isn’t as big a deal as it sounds. All the information found in the Settings pane in Control Panel is available in the Settings app. There’s a convenient “Copy” button to copy all the text to your clipboard, and you’ll even find buttons for opening advanced system settings like BitLocker settings and Device Manager at the bottom of the page.

This is just another step in Microsoft’s long, slow process of slowly phasing out the Control Panel. The Control Panel won’t vanish any time soon, though—it has too many useful options and Microsoft is migrating them to the new Settings app very slowly.

The New Microsoft Edge Is Now Built-In

The New Tab page in the new Microsoft Edge browser.

Microsoft is proud that this is the first version of Windows 10 with the new, Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser included.

That’s not necessarily big news—Windows Update may already have installed the new Microsoft Edge on your system, anyway. The new Edge has also been available to download from the web since January 15, 2020. But, with this release, it’s official: The new Edge replaces the old Edge in the baseline version of Windows 10.

Access Your Samsung Phone’s Android Apps on Your PC

Instagram for Android running on Windows 10 via a Samsung Android phone.
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Microsoft is expanding the “Your Phone” app with more features designed for “select Samsung devices.” If you have one of these phones, you can now access your phone’s Android apps directly on your Windows 10 PC. They’ll be running on your phone but you can launch, see, and interact with them on your Windows 10 desktop.

Microsoft may release this feature early to 20H1 and other versions of Windows 10. For now, it’s only available in Insider builds of 20H2 and newer builds of Windows 10.

In the future, Microsoft says it will go even further.

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