What’s new in Windows 10, version 1909

Microsoft has released Windows 10, version 1909 also known as Windows 10 November 2019 update. This update also contains all features and fixes included in previous cumulative updates to Windows 10, version 1903.

Windows 10, version 1909

Servicing

Windows 10, version 1909 is a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements.

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)

Pre-release Windows 10 feature updates are now available to IT administrators using WSUS. System Center Configuration Manager version 1906 or later is required.

Windows Update for Business (WUfB)

If you are using WUfB, you will receive the Windows 10, version 1909 update in the same way that you have for prior feature updates, and as defined by your feature update deferral policy.

Security

Windows Defender Credential Guard

Windows Defender Credential Guard is now available for ARM64 devices, for additional protection against credential theft for enterprises deploying ARM64 devices in their organizations, such as Surface Pro X.

Microsoft BitLocker

BitLocker and Mobile Device Management (MDM) with Azure Active Directory work together to protect your devices from accidental password disclosure.

Key-rolling and Key-rotation

Windows 10, version 1909 also includes two new features called Key-rolling and Key-rotation enables secure rolling of Recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices on demand from Microsoft Intune/MDM tools or when a recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help prevent accidental recovery password disclosure as part of manual BitLocker drive unlock by users.

Transport Layer Security (TLS)

An experimental implementation of TLS 1.3 is included in Windows 10, version 1909. TLS 1.3 disabled by default system wide. If you enable TLS 1.3 on a device for testing, then it can also be enabled in Internet Explorer 11.0 and Microsoft Edge by using Internet Options.

Virtualization

Containers on Windows

This update includes 5 fixes to allow the host to run down-level containers on up-level for process (Argon) isolation.

Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox is an isolated desktop environment where you can install software without the fear of lasting impact to your device. This feature is available in Windows 10, version 1903. In Windows 10, version 1909 you have even more control over the level of isolation.

Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is now generally available globally!

Deployment

Following deployment features are added:

  • Microsoft Endpoint Manager
  • Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise in S mode
  • SetupDiag
  • Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit (ADK)

Processor requirements and enhancements

Windows Processor Requirements have been updated for this version of Windows.

With Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0, an operating system will use information stored in the CPU to identify which cores are the fastest and then push more of the CPU intensive tasks to those cores. According to Intel, this technology “delivers more than 15% better single-threaded performance”.

For more information on Windows 10, version 1909, you can refer the following URL:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/whats-new/whats-new-windows-10-version-1909

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