The latest Windows update has been released today, May 28th, and it is available to install. The new build, also known as Windows 10 2004, or the 10 May update, packs numerous new features, including a redesigned Network Status page, a GPU card temperature to the Task Manager, and a revamped Cortana.
The Windows 10 2004 version also brings some improvements to the security front, which Microsoft claims it will allegedly help keep users safe from now on. Here is a list of the most interesting features of the latest update.
Windows Sandbox Enhancements
Back in 2019, Microsoft launched the Windows Sandbox on all the versions of the operating system with the release of v1903. The feature allows users to launch a virtual machine that is running a split variant of Windows 10, and since its incorporation, the Windows Sandbox has become rather popular as it allows users to execute dangerous apps in an isolated setting, without harming their main Windows 10 installation.
Although the Windows Sandbox feature is not as advanced as other sandboxing software, the company kept working on it after it shipped with a Windows 10 release. Today, Microsoft launched a few new features, which makes the app easier to navigate in enterprise testing conditions.
The latest update brought support for configuration files, which allows you to configure some parts of the sandbox, including the vGPU, networking, and shared folders. There’s also microphone support now, and the ability to configure audio input from the configuration file.
Users can now activate the Ease of Access dialog with Shift+Alt+[print screen], and enter and exit full-screen mode with CTRL+Alt+[break].
Support for Wi-Fi 6 and WPA3
Windows 10 v2014 now has support for the latest versions of the Wi-Fi wireless communications standard and WPA, the protocol utilized to authenticate Wi-Fi connections. Both protocols come with protections against a number of attacks, such as DragonBlood, KRACK, and others, enabling Windows 10 users to connect to Wi-Fi networks safely.
System Guard Improvements
The company has also upgraded the System Guard Secure Launch, a feature that verifies if the device’s firmware has loaded securely Microsoft claims that the feature now measures more parameters than it did before. Still, the System Guard Secure Launch needs modern hardware and may not function on all devices.
Windows Hello Expanded
Windows Hello is a feature that allows users to log into their Windows device using biometrics, such as fingerprint scan, face scan, or passwordless methods, such as through PIN code. In the new Windows 10 v2004, the feature’s login options will show up for computers booted up Safe Mode once enabled.
More FIDO2 Support
Windows 10 supports FIDO2 security keys as a mean of passwordless authentication, but with the latest update, Microsoft says the key support ‘has been expanded to include hybrid Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)-joined devices, enabling even more customers to take an important step in their journey towards passwordless environments.’
Devices running on AMD‘s Ryzen Pro 4000 processors are now compatible with the new Secured-core technology, which includes extra protections against attacks that meddle with a device’s hardware aspects, firmware, or CPU’s internal elements.
New OS ‘Cloud Recovery Option’
Windows 10 v2004 brings a new cloud recovery option in the ‘Reset this PC’ section. Until now, the section only had the option to do a local reinstall, which would create a new Windows installation from existing files, but with the new update comes the cloud recovery option, which will make Windows download the files required for a reinstall from Microsoft’s servers.
The Windows 10 2004 update version has more new features and additions, but the ones we mentioned seemed pretty interesting. You can find the full list of features on Microsoft’s official docs page.
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