Hits and misses for Windows 10
Last Tuesday, (11-12-2019) was “patch Tuesday”. The moniker commonly used for the second Tuesday of the month when Microsoft issues updates. Among the various packages of software released was the new Feature Update for Windows 10, (version 1909 build 18363). Feature Updates are more than just the usual security patches and bug fixes that comprise most of the Windows updates. These are new versions of the software with new features, and often new problems.
Given the history of recent Feature Updates I approached this one with some trepidation. What did they break this time? With only a few test machines and a few days of operation I am hesitant to put my full endorsement behind it. But it seems that this Feature Update is OK. The install was much faster than most feature updates, more like a security update.
The 1909 version doesn't seem to be loaded up with a lot of silly new “features” like the last several versions. One big change is the new Edge browser with the Chromium engine driving it. The jury is still out in the new Edge but it with all the problems of the old Edge it is about time for Microsoft to come up with a decent browser.
Once you click out of Task View, you can toggle between virtual desktops by pressing the Windows key+Ctrl+right/left arrow keys. This will allow you to switch between all the open windows which you have separated into different desktops, while leaving the icons on your desktop unmoved.
To remove the virtual desktops go back to Task View and delete the individual virtual desktops. This does not close out the apps contained within the desktop. It just sends them to the next lower desktop.
That's all very cool I'm sure, but not they're not important to most PC users. At least you can uninstall apps like Paint 3D but you need a registry hack to hide the 3D Objects folder.
And while they are at it Microsoft could cease and desist from all the dumb ads that seem to pop up from everywhere.
And remember — always back it up!