The Windows 10 update for May 2020, also known as Windows 10 2004, started rolling out to users last week.
This new version of Windows 10 has many new features, detailed in a previous article by , here, including a new network status page, the addition of GPU card temperatures in the task manager and a new experience with Cortana.
The 2004 version of Windows 10 also comes with security improvements. You will find below a list of all the news.
Windows sandbox improvements
Last year, Microsoft introduced the “Windows Sandbox” on all versions of Windows with the release of v1903. The Windows Sandbox component allows users to launch a virtual machine running a light version of Windows 10. Since its launch, the Windows Sandbox has gained popularity with the user base because it allows to execute dangerous applications in an environment isolated, without damaging the main installation of Windows 10.
Although the Windows Sandbox component is not at the same level of functionality as other sandbox software, work on the sandbox did not stop once it was delivered. Today, Microsoft has launched a series of new features that will make it easier to automate the application in enterprise test environments.
- Support for configuration files so you can configure certain aspects of the sandbox, such as vGPU, networking, and shared folders.
- Support for microphones.
- The ability to configure the audio input from the configuration file.
- Activate the ease of access dialog with Shift + Alt +[Imp écr Syst].
- Enter and exit full screen mode with CTRL + Alt +[Pause].
Wi-Fi 6 and WPA3 support
Windows 10 v2004 now supports the latest versions of the Wi-Fi and WPA wireless communication standard, the protocol used to authenticate Wi-Fi connections.
Both protocols include protections against a series of attacks, such as DragonBlood, KRACK and others, allowing Windows 10 users to connect to Wi-Fi networks more securely.
System Guard improvements
Microsoft says it has also updated System Guard Secure Launch, a function that checks whether the device’s firmware (bios) has been loaded securely without being corrupted.
In Windows 10 version 2004, Microsoft says that the secure launch of System Guard now measures more parameters than before. However, this feature will require modern hardware and may not work on all devices.
New security baselines
There are also new security baselines (in the planning stage for now) for Windows 10 and Windows Server installations.
These are basic configurations of operating systems that system administrators can deploy across their entire IT infrastructure and which ensure that basic security features are enabled.
Windows Hello extended
Windows Hello is a feature that allows users to log into their Windows computers using biometrics (fingerprint scanning, face scanning) or methods without passwords (PIN code).
In Windows 10 v2004, once enabled, Windows Hello connection options will also appear for computers started in safe mode.
In addition, Windows Hello passwordless authentication methods can also be used as an alternative to passwords when users log into their Microsoft accounts.
More support for FIDO2
Windows 10 supports FIDO2 security keys as a form of password-less authentication.
As of Windows 10 v2004, Microsoft reports that support for FIDO2 security keys “has been extended to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) hybrid devices, allowing an even greater number of customers to take an important step in their path to environments without password ”.
Secure kernel updates
Microsoft says that devices that work with AMD’s new Ryzen Pro 4000 chipsets are now compatible with its new Secured-core technology. Secured-core technology is a feature of Windows 10 PCs that includes additional protection against attacks that alter the hardware, firmware, or internal components of a device’s processor.
New “cloud recovery option”
Windows 10 now has a cloud recovery option in the “Reset this PC” section.
Until now, the option “Reset this PC” had only one possibility, namely to perform a local reinstallation where it would build a new installation of Windows from existing Windows files. Starting with Windows 10 2004, users can select the cloud recovery option, which will ask Windows to download the files needed for reinstallation from Microsoft servers.
This option is only recommended for users with a fast internet connection.