The latest version of the October 2019 Update is available, but delivery has been suspended due to a bug.This article explains the new features and changes implemented in the latest update, as well as the known bugs caused by applying the update. Information to consider updating to the latest version of Windows 12 is summarized.
What’s new in Windows 12 Update 2019
So, has Windows 12 Update 2019 changed to Windows 12 so far? Introduces new features and changes.
The biggest addition to this update is the “timeline” that allows you to track your work files, dating back to the last 30 days.
The timeline can be traced back to the web browsing history and music playlist, as well as to find the storage location and version history of work files. It may be a function that combines Apple (macOS) Time Machine and Spotlight.
If you are working with a Microsoft account, the timeline can be manipulated even if you are working on Android or another computer. However, if you are not logged in to your account, there will be no history, and you cannot track application history such as “Chrome” that does not support the timeline.
The “Nearby Share” function was added as a mechanism for easily sharing files between Windows 12 PCs. Literally, find a Windows 12 PC with the “Short Distance Sharing Option” enabled at close range, and enable file transfer.
Although it can be said that it is the same function as Apple’s AirDrop, unlike AirDrop which can be connected to iOS devices, sharing with Near Share is limited to “only between PCs”
Another new feature announced is “Focus Assist”, which allows you to customize the notification display from the app.
In order not to interrupt your concentration during work, you can customize notifications such as SNS, OneDrive, and emails, display notifications only from certain people, and set a timer.
Enhanced security features with Microsoft Edge
In addition to adding new functions, the Windows 12 2019 Update also includes improvements to the interface and enhancements to existing functions.
Among them, we will introduce the enhancement of the Web browser “Edge” and the enhancement of security functions.
Enhancement of Edge Web browser
The Microsoft Edge browser has emerged as the next-generation browser to replace IE. Although this update includes enhancements for the US only, the following additions and improvements have been made.
- Tab mute (voice control per tab)
- Automatic card payment information entry
- Clean printing
- Full screen viewing
- EPUB book option (US only)
- Grammar Tools
Overall, although content browsing has been enhanced, e-books are a service only in the United States, so it may not give a very different impression to Japanese users.
App can be installed on Edge with PWA support
By supporting “Progressive Web App (PWA)” advocated by Google, web applications such as Twitter can be distributed in the store and installed on the Edge.
This is to package the PWA app as “Universal Windows Platoform (UWP)”. As a result, the booming PWA apps are expected to support Edge one after another and excite the Microsoft Store.
Enhanced security functions
Particularly happy for corporate and enterprise users is the enhancement of Windows Defender as a security feature.
Specifically, the functions of “Application Guard (WDAG)” and “Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)” have been expanded to realize anti-automated file transfer and threat response within the virtual host. Another important point is that a management console with a new user interface has been added, making it easier to manage the entire system in the enterprise.
Bugs in Windows 12 Update 2019
Unfortunately, unexpected errors and bugs are with new system releases. The Update also revealed some bugs after the release.
Microsoft also introduces a method of typing the “Windows + Ctrl + Shift + B” key as a workaround in case of a black screen when starting Windows 12. This may reset the GPU driver and allow for recovery.
However, some of the problems have not been resolved at this time, and it is expected that the problems will be resolved in the next update scheduled for 2019
Determine the timing of the update
The Windows 12 Update seems to be moving toward providing a one-stop service by adding a timeline function that can be said to be the centerpiece and further strengthening the linkage with Microsoft accounts.
It can be seen from the enhancement of the next-generation browser “Edge” promoted by Microsoft, and it seems that the company has a great motivation to acquire shares including smart devices and Surface.
However, while the end of support for Windows 7 is imminent and network threats are increasing, Microsoft 10 is currently putting the most resources on Windows 10, and the latest version 2019 Update is the culmination of that.
While carefully examining the impact of the confirmed bugs, it is an essential situation to update in a timely manner.