Major Windows 10 Update Coming Next Month? “May 2020 Update” Spotted via PowerShell Command

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Microsoft may be planning to release its next major OS update, Windows 10 20H1 (version 2004), in just a couple of weeks. Users who run a PowerShell command called Get-VMHostSupportedVersion on machines with Hyper-V enabled are greeted with a list of Windows 10 versions, which now includes a new entry called “Microsoft Windows 10 May 2020 Update/Server 2004.” The implication here is obvious – but there’s also a tease for Fall’s major update, codenamed “Maganese.”

Windows 10 20H1 will bring various new features to the OS, such as an improved Cortana (that now supports typing); a faster, more detailed Windows Search; the ability to reset PCs from the cloud; quicker Bluetooth pairing; and a revamped Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL 2). Version 2004 will also feature an updated version of the Xbox Game Bar with an FPS counter, as well as a GPU-temperature readout in Task Manager.

Microsoft actually released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build today (version 19041.173), which should give users a good idea of how the May 2020 update will fare. It includes the following fixes from the previous build, 19041.172.

  • We fixed an issue that prevents older versions of certain apps from opening by directing users to install the latest version of these apps.
  • We have fixed an issue that fails to allocate resources during device initialization, which causes certain USB mass storage devices to stop working.
  • We have fixed an issue that prevents the mute button from working on certain devices with the Your Phone app.
  • We have fixed an issue that causes a fault in the input-output memory management unit (IOMMU) and a DRIVER_VERIFIER_DMA_VIOLATION (e6) error. This issue occurs after resuming from hibernate on systems that have Kernel Direct Memory Access (DMA) Protection and Dynamic Root of Trust Measurement (DRTM) enabled.
  • We have updated the Country and Operator Settings Asset (COSA) to increase the coverage for automatic cellular provisioning on devices with mobile broadband.

Known issues:

  • We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3that resolves the known issue with Edge.
Tsing Mui
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