Windows 10 November 2019 Update has now been released to the general computing public. This update will upgrade the operating system to Windows 10 version 1909. Windows 10 is now on more than 900 million devices, Microsoft said in September. Major refreshes to the OS come about every six months, with the most recent being the May 2019 Update (version 1903).
As of Windows 10 version 1909, most of the changes are minor, and you won’t see a lot of them as they’re behind-the-scenes improvements focused on stability, performance, and more. That doesn’t mean nothing has changed, though. Instead this should be considered a service pack that includes bug fixes and mostly feature improvements.
The main improvements from this build include:
- You can create a new calendar event simply by opening up the calendar flyout from the Taskbar.
- Changes to notifications will make them easier to configure and manage from an app or website right on the notification, both as a banner and in the Action Center.
- File Explorer updated with new Search experience and OneDrive integration.
- On the Start menu, the navigation pane will expand when you hover over it with your mouse, giving you more information about each icon before clicking.
- You’ll be able to activate non-Microsoft virtual assistants, like Amazon Alexa, using a voice command from the Windows 10 lock screen.
- Narrator and other assistive technologies will read and learn where the FN key is located on keyboards. It’ll be able to tell if the key’s locked or unlocked.
- If your PC has the right components, you could see battery life and power efficiency gains.
Microsoft is starting to roll out the November 2019 Update to Windows 10 users today, and you can grab it directly from Windows Update by heading into Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and checking for updates.
If the update is available for your PC, you will see a new ‘Download and install now’ option underneath the check for updates button. November 2019 Update will be labeled as an optional update, so it won’t be installed automatically.