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Microsoft launches the first big update for Windows 10 in 2020

Microsoft began today, Wednesday, the launch of the May 2020 update of Windows 10, bringing with it a number of new features.

The Windows 10 May 2020 update comes with the integration of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (Linux 2) and updates to the Cortana digital assistant.

The US software giant launched the final version of the update for its beta subscribers last month, and now all Windows 10 users can obtain the update through the Windows Update section of the system.

By integrating WSL 2 (Windows Subsystem for Linux 2), Microsoft aims to improve the performance of the Windows subsystem. The company also promised to update the system kernel through Windows updates, and it will be open source so that developers can create the WSL kernel and contribute to the changes.

WSL 2 will not include support for Linux GUI applications or GPU hardware acceleration, but Microsoft has promised to add these two features in the upcoming Windows update.

The Window 10 May 2020 Update includes significant improvements to Cortana's digital assistant, which can be separated from the taskbar, and can choose between directing commands in writing or speaking.

Cortana got improvements to the interface to make it more recent, and Microsoft added quick search phrases to the main search interface. This also includes quick access to weather, news, and more.

Windows 10 users can download the update by going to Settings, then Update & Security, and then Windows Update.