Windows 10 1903 (May 2019 update) is almost ready to ship from Windows 10 19h1 development branch. Here Microsoft tested several features and additions that to bundle on upcoming Windows 10 1903 expected to ship on may 2019. Here the best windows 10 19h1 features introduced so far, should be bundled on upcoming Windows 10 1903.

New Light Theme For Desktop

Windows 10 new light theme

Microsoft has introduced the brand new light theme for latest Windows 10 1903, that brings lighter colors for the Start menu, Action Center, taskbar, touch keyboard, and other elements that didn’t have a true light color scheme when switching from the dark to light system theme. This gives the entire OS a clean and modern feel, and the new color scheme is available in Settings > Personalization > Colors and selecting the Light option under “Choose your color” drop-down menu.

Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox Feature

Microsoft adding a new feature to Windows 10 1903 called “Windows Sandbox,” that gives users the ability to run untrusted applications in an isolated environment without harming your device. This is a great feature for those who want to run a program that they’re not so sure about, without putting their entire system at risk. Once you finish using the app, closing the session will delete everything automatically.

The company says Windows Sandbox works very efficient using integrated kernel scheduler, smart memory management, and virtual graphics.

Windows sandbox feature uses hardware virtualization and the Microsoft Hypervisor technology to create a lightweight environment (using around 100MB of space) to install and run an untrusted application. It’s a virtualized environment, but you don’t need to create a virtual machine manually.

The new feature will be available for Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise, and it can be enabled using the Turn Windows Features On or Off experience, and enabling the Windows Sandbox option. Read How to enable Windows Sandbox on Windows 10.

Separate Cortana and Search

Search and Cortana decoupling

Microsoft is breaking Cortana and Search into two separate experiences in the taskbar. As a result, when you start a Search, you’ll notice an updated landing page with better spacing to show recent activities and most recent apps, adding light theme support with some subtle acrylic effect over all the search filter options.

And clicking the Cortana button, you’ll access the experience directly into the voice assistant.

Start Menu improvements

More simplified layout for the start menu

Microsoft also tweaked the windows 10 start menu, has been updated with Fluent Design improvements and the Power button in the Start menu now shows an orange indicator if the installation of an update is pending.

If you clean install the update, create a new account or a buy a new device, you will notice a simplified default Start layout (see above image). The company says that this simplified Start layout is part of an ongoing effort to enhance your Start experience

Starting with version 1903, the Start comes with its own separate StartMenuExperienceHost.exe process that should result in reliability improvements and better performance

7 GB Reserved Storage

Windows 10 reserved storage

Here another controversial feature that Windows 10 May 2019 Update brings is that it will now reserve 7GB of space on your hard drive which will be used to store temporary files.

Company says

The idea is that this will make downloading Windows 10 updates easier in the future, and will prevent people from experiencing an error where an update fails to install due to lack of space.

Pause updates for 7 days

Pause updates for 7 days

Windows 10 allows you to delay automatic updates in Professional and Enterprise licenses. But there was no such delay option for home users, latest windows 10 1903 now allows “Pause updates for 7 days”. The company added “Pause updates for 7 days” option right at the top of the list of options in Windows Update Settings.

Note: Windows 10 1903 (19h1) still on the development branch, Above listed features introduced on 19H1 preview builds. This post updated whenever new features added or removed before the final release of Windows 10 May 2019 update.

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