Soon Microsoft will release its 2nd update to Windows 10 this year. It will probably be October when the updated is released and we have had a few preview builds for Windows Insiders. Here are the changes that we know about so far. As with last year the 2nd update is technically a minor incremental update to the OS rather than a full install image but as you will see in this video there are actually a number of interesting visual changes to the OS.
New Start Menu
The tiles in the start menu are now transparent so they get a unified clean look. The items on the all app list also have the same look and it gives the UI a cleaner more modern look. The tiles support light and dark mode along with your accent colour. There are still the odd apps like the Office app and Skype that have a solid colour, hopefully they can get them cleaned up.
Also changed is the notification dialog. This looks very much like the one in Windows 10X and it shows the app name, icon and a close button.
With this update Microsoft have included the new version of Microsoft Edge. This replaces the old browser, and you get the new Chromium based version. I have been using it for some time and you get the browse engine that is in Google Chrome but built for Windows 10.
As part of the update Microsoft have updated Alt-tab so it can cycle through the open tabs in Edge as well as the open apps. The new option in Multitasking settings enables you to turn off this feature or set it to open show the most recent 3 or 5 tabs.
Some other changes are your PC details in Settings/About so no need to go into control panel for the details. Also out of the out of the box experience has been updated and now the default apps you get are related to what services you have linked to your Microsoft account. So you may get Xbox icon , Your Phone or Mail depending on what services you have linked to your Microsoft account.
Overall a worthwhile update and a quick update to install. There are lots of fixes and there could be more changes added before launch later this year if so I will update the post.
Here is my look at the changes: