While we don’t have a release date on when the Windows 10 20H2 update will drop, there are hints that it is nearing release. This update will introduce a few key additions, including a major rollout of the new Edge browser.
Microsoft made the announcement on the Windows Insider Blog, stating that the Windows 10 20H2 update is entering the Release Preview Channel. While this channel isn’t the main branch of Windows 10, it’s considered the “last stop” before the update is released into the wild.
In fact, the update is so close to release, Microsoft has officially dubbed it the “October 2020 update.” While Microsoft has missed the deadline for named updates in the past, it does tell us how close to completion the update is.
However, if you want to give the update a spin right now, you can do so by joining the Windows Insider channel. Because this update is available on the Release Preview Channel, you can download it without fear of any major or disastrous bugs affecting your system.
This is all well and good, but what is actually in this update? While it’s not a huge one, it does feature a major milestone for Windows 10.
The biggest change is that Microsoft Edge will become harder to uninstall. This is because Microsoft is rolling out the new Chromium version of the browser with this update. The update makes the new Edge browser a core part of the OS and thus will be difficult to uninstall.
Besides this, the update will also introduce a sleeker Start menu UI, and the ability to ALT-TAB into Edge tabs alongside programs. Unfortunately, the new ALT-TAB feature won’t work on Chrome or Firefox tabs.
While the update hasn’t arrived on the main branch yet, it’s almost there. Due to its introduction into the Release Preview Channel, Microsoft believes the update is in the final stretch to its release.
Still, if you’d rather not wait, you don’t have to. Hop onto the Windows Insider program and download a (relatively) stable build today.
While some people may lament the forced inclusion of the new Edge, it’s not all bad news. When we put it to the test versus the legacy version of Edge, the new Chromium base won outright.
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