Unlike the smaller, routine updates Windows 10 gets throughout the year, Microsoft gives the OS two major annual overhauls—once in Spring and again in the Fall—when new features are added. After spending the last few weeks in beta, the 2019 Fall update, otherwise known as Windows 10 1909 (previously 19H2 for Windows Insiders), is finally available for the general public.
However, Windows 10 version 1909 is smaller in scope than previous updates of its kind. Instead of huge modifications to the UI or core features, Windows 10 1909 enhances several pre-existing apps and tools with new functions, such as additional options for managing app notifications, easier calendar editing shortcuts, and it paves the way for better third-party AI assistant integration on Windows 10—but that’s just a small selection of the various updates users can expect.
Here are all the major changes in Windows 10 version 1909.
The majority of Windows 1909's changes are to how the OS lets users manage their system and app notifications, including:
The other major change in Windows 10 1909 is to the Windows Calendar app. You can now add events directly to the quick-access calendar without having to open the main Calendar app. Here’s how:
A new shortcut to open the main calendar app has also been added to the quick-access calendar.
On top of the handy notifications and calendar shortcuts, users will also notice some other helpful changes after installing the version 1909 update:
Due to the buggy launches of the last few major Windows 10 updates, the OS no longer automatically installs new feature updates like this, so users will need to manually begin the installation—though we recommend taking a few minutes to prep your PC first, just in case something goes wrong during or after the update. Once you’re ready to update, open the Start menu on your PC and click the gear-shaped icon to open the Settings menu. In the settings menu, go to Update & Security > Window Update, and click “Download” once the update is live.
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