Windows 10 is Microsoft’s computer operating system that is typically granted two hefty upgrades every year.
Back in May the American tech firm released the duly titled May 2019 Update that made a number of notable changes to the operating system.
Microsoft is expected to release another big upgrade for Windows 10 later this year codenamed 19H2.
The Redmond-based firm has already declared this download will boast a “scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements”.
While it appears 19H2 will be notable in its own right, it seems Microsoft’s first update of 2020, codenamed 20H1, could be a much more substantial affair.
The tech powerhouse has also detailed this upgrade will make huge strides forward towards its ambition to make users harness passwordless logins.
It has also been speculated Microsoft could change the aesthetic of Windows 10 with 20H1 by making the corners of apps rounded.
Ahead of major Windows 10 updates, the American firm releases preview builds of forthcoming software versions to members of its Insider programme.
These usually provide fans with an early glimpse of the features that could debut in the full build of new Windows 10 iterations.
Microsoft recently released a fresh preview edition of Windows 10 20H1 that makes a number of noteworthy changes to the esteemed operating system.
Chief of these is what Microsoft calls a “new Cortana experience” that aims to make harnessing the virtual assistant more intuitive thanks to a new “chat-based UI”.
While the function is currently only available as a beta to Windows Insiders in the US, an image of the new interface in action showed accessing Cortana to be more simple and less intrusive.
Commenting on the change, Microsoft said: “We are beginning to roll out a new Cortana experience for Windows 10 as a Beta to Windows Insiders in the US This new experience features a brand-new chat-based UI that gives you the ability to type or speak natural language queries.
“It supports most of the Cortana features people enjoy using on Windows, such as Bing answers, Assistant conversations, opening apps, managing lists, and setting reminders, alarms, and timers.”
The tech company was also eager to highlight new features that have been added to Cortana to make it even more useful.
They were listed as being:
• Cortana now supports both light and dark themes in Windows
• We have created a new, less intrusive screen for “Hey Cortana” queries so you can stay in the flow while you work
• We have updated Cortana with new speech and language models, and significantly improved performance – making it faster and more reliable than ever before
While the new Cortana feature is gradually rolling out to Insiders in the US, it is unclear when or if others across the globe will also be granted access to it.
In addition to altering Microsoft’s signature virtual assistant, Windows 10 build 18945 also introduces a number of accessibility improvements and fixes.