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Windows 10 November 2019 Update Review

Fewer features now, bigger changes later

Microsoft’s Windows 10 November 2019 Update is deliberately low-key, primarily designed to optimize Windows rather than pile on a boatload of new features. If nothing else, Microsoft is likely clearing the path for the bigger splash expected from the Windows 10 20H1 “feature update,” expected to ship around March 2020.

Microsoft recently said that the November 2019 Update (also known as “19H2” or version 1909) is essentially finalized, and has been released to the Windows 10 Insider “Release Preview” ring. Here are some of the features you can expect to see in the 19H2 update, based on our time with the Windows Insider previews that were released just before launch. We’ll revisit our review once the final release goes live.

File Explorer integrates with Windows Search
In the early days of Windows 10, files stored on OneDrive were considered separate from files stored on your PC. Later, Microsoft allowed file syncing between your PC and OneDrive—first with actual files, then as Files on Demand “placeholders” that won’t take up any additional space on a local drive. Search has historically bridged the gap between the cloud and your PC; even on older versions of Windows, searching “This PC” collectively searches files stored in your OneDrive cloud as well as on your PC.

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