Windows 10 update releases feel like gifts from your grandma. Sometimes, you get money. Often, you wonder what they were thinking. The Windows 10 May 2020 Update certainly doesn’t feel like money.
We’d categorize this update as a minor update. You won’t find a ton of new features. Here are the most interesting additions.
- Cortana – According to Microsoft, Cortana has evolved into a “personal productivity assistant.” Cortana will run as an app undocked from the taskbar. She can help use Microsoft 365 apps. (It’s not called Office 365 anymore. We’re still trying to remember that.) You can ask Cortana to send emails for you, add events to your calendar, and even adjust settings on your device.
- Search – The search bar offers four new Quick Search options: weather, news, history, and movies. Additionally, the algorithm that powers when Windows Search gathers information on your device has been updated. Many users are noticing drops in the ever-so-common “100% disk usage” problem.
- Virtual Desktops – Previously, Windows assigned default names to Virtual Desktops like “Desktop 1” or “Desktop 2.” Now you can name them whatever you like.
- No Passwords – Windows Hello allows you to sign in to Windows with your face, fingerprint, or PIN. This update lets you choose to skip the password for good going forward. If your device has trouble with your face or fingerprint, you can always use your PIN as a failsafe.
- Your Phone – This app has been around for a while. The latest update adds more functionality and access to your Android phone. Make calls, send text messages, and access your smartphone’s photos all from your computer.
You can find more info on additional features in Microsoft’s announcement.
Along with new features, most Windows 10 updates also come with a large number of bugs. The May 2020 Update further proves that theory. Microsoft released a lengthy list of acknowledged issues. Additional issues haven’t made it onto Microsoft’s list yet. Here are the biggest problems you might run across after installing this update.
- Printing – According to Microsoft, “certain printers may be unable to print.” You won’t find a list of affected printers. Additionally, you won’t find a timeline for a fix either. “Microsoft is working a resolution.”
- Google Chrome – Users are finding themselves inexplicably signed out of Chrome after every reboot. Also, Windows prevents Chrome from saving cookies. This prevents users from staying signed into websites among other things.
- Cortana – After being freed from the taskbar, it seems that Cortana refuses to go away. After closing the app, Cortana continues to appear when Alt+Tabbing through open programs. In some regions, Cortana won’t work at all despite working before the update.
- Storage Spaces – In some cases, the update corrupted files or entire partitions. This leaves data completely inaccessible. In others, partitions are appearing as RAW in Disk Manager. Microsoft says there currently is no workaround. However, you can make set Storage Spaces to read-only to prevent losing access to your data.
Microsoft was aware of potential problems before release. Many devices aren’t even given the option to install the May 2020 Update. Microsoft is blocking them. Some of the blocked devices include Microsoft’s own Surface line. Blocked devices may find the message below within Windows Update.
“The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is on its way. We’re offering this update to compatible devices, but your device isn’t quite ready for it. Once your device is ready, you’ll see the update available on this page. There’s nothing you need to do at this time.”
At this point, our advice would be to wait on installing this update. Let Microsoft resolve some of the major issues first. You can attempt to install the latest update anyway. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you.