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Windows 10 version 1909 has officially been released by Microsoft, and is available for download via Windows Update. This update is the eighth major release, since the release of Windows 10. The November update is categorized as a minor update, and will not require as much downtime for installation, as the May 2019 may have caused for you previously. This is an incremental update, and will require the May 2019 update, prior to install.

If you have an older version of windows 10 (October 2018 update or earlier), you will be required to re-install the Windows 10 OS to complete the upgrade. Microsoft has done their best to ensure the update is only offered to your system if it is compatible and ready for the upgrade. Windows 10 1909 is an optional update; You will need to perform the update manually if you would like to have the update applied to your machine.

If you choose not to apply this update, once your current version begins to approach end-of-life, the 1909 update will be applied automatically. New features arriving with the November 1909 update include improvements on notifications, battery-life, processors, and a few other tweaks. You will now have the ability to create calendar events directly from the taskbar, without having to open the calendar app. Actions center notifications will now have a settings button attached, to adjust alerts for the specified application or website. The start menu will have a small change: now hovering over the left rail will expand user options.

Changes to file explorer: Starting with Windows 10 update 1909, the search box in file explorer will now be controlled by Windows Search. This means that the search bar in file explorer will be integrated with things like OneDrive, similar to searching using the taskbar search option. The file explorer search box will now also have a search history suggestion, displaying similar recent searches.

Starting from the November 1909 update, Microsoft will release two feature updates to include new features and improvements. The first of these two updates will require re-installation, while the second will be a cumulative update offered through Windows Update for devices already running the first major release. Microsoft is testing a new release method, to make updates less intrusive and to reduce downtime.

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