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Next major update for Windows 10 coming in May with enhanced raytracing support

AMD RDNA2 GPU running on Window 10 with Direct12 X Ultimate. (Source: AMD)
AMD RDNA2 GPU running on Window 10 with Direct12 X Ultimate. (Source: AMD)
Microsoft’s next major update to Windows 10 will land in May. The new update brings some useful features to users including Cloud reset as well as the much anticipated DirectX 12 Ultimate with improved raytracing support.
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Microsoft has been beavering away at the next major feature update to Windows 10. Although not quite in the class of the Creators update, it will being some important features and interface tweaks along with bug fixes and improved overall system performance. The update has been informally dubbed Windows 10 20H1 or version 2004 with a final build number of 19041.207 but will be officially known as the Windows 10 May 2020 Update.

One feature that we are glad to see included is a new Cloud reset function which is similar to the approach Apple has had in place for a few years with macOS. If you’ve ever found yourself in a hole trying to reset Windows, especially without a USB stick or optical media version of the Windows 10, this will prove a life saver. Another useful feature, particularly for developers is the introduction of a new Windows Subsystem for Linux which will also be available in the ARM64 build, although this is an optional update.

From a gaming standpoint, the biggest new feature will be the introduction of DirectX 12 Ultimate. It will include DirectX Raytracing (DXR) tier 1.1 which brings support for inline raytracing, Variable Rate Shading (VRS) tier 2 and mesh shaders without handing off the process to other parts of the OS subsystem. This will arrive in time for AMD’s next-generation of RDNA2-based GPUs which will be compatible with DirectX 12 Ultimate. The update is already available for Windows Insiders to try out.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1310 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-04-18 (Update: 2020-04-18)