On November 10, 2020, the next Patch Tuesday took place. Microsoft has given us either a late release or an early gift – it all depends on how you view the new version of Windows 10.
Usually, Windows 10 updates coming out on Patch Tuesday seem small and lightweight, but as we enter the final phase of 2020, things are changing for the better.
Microsoft may expand availability of Windows 10, version 20H2
An important event in recent weeks was the release of Windows 10, version 20H2, which took place on October 20, 2020. And there is no mistake, the new release is called Windows 10, version 20H2, and not the fall release of 2020 or Windows 10 version 2009.
This update uses a model that was first applied in the transition from version 1903 to version 1909. New features in Windows 10, version 20H2 were already included in the October 2004 cumulative update, but were in an inactive state. The function update itself is an activation package that includes hidden functionality.
Microsoft has finally made some major changes regarding Service Stack Updates and the latest cumulative updates. Both types of updates are now combined into one cumulative monthly update. In the future, you don’t have to worry about managing them individually. Microsoft recommends installing the latest Service Stack updates for Windows 10, version 2004 to receive them automatically with cumulative updates later.
Windows 10, version 20H2 also includes several security updates. Improvements include Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), Microsoft Defender Application Guard for Office, and Windows Hello biometric authentication methods.
Microsoft lists known issues in the release notes for each new release. Please check them before updating to the latest version. Mostly on the forums, users complain about driver problems and compatibility errors. These issues are not unique to Windows 10 version 20H2 and are related to corrupted driver catalog files after installing the October Cumulative Updates. There are many good reasons to install a newer version of your system, but sometimes it is better to “take a look around” to ensure a smoother, smoother migration.
Patch Tuesday November 10, 2020 Prediction
Microsoft must restore the “status quo”. The company patched fewer vulnerabilities than usual last month, with no patches for Internet Explorer or Edge. This time, there should be more security updates for standard components of operating systems, browsers and Office products. The company is also expected to release extended security updates for Windows 7 and Server 2008 that will ship with the service stack updates.
Security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader were released last week, so there probably won’t be any this week.
Apple released security updates for iTunes and iCloud in late September. The next updates are likely to arrive later this month or early December.
Security updates for Google Chrome, Firefox Browser and Mozilla Firefox ESR were released on Monday, so you shouldn’t expect additional updates this week for these browsers.
This Patch Tuesday looks like the average statistical round of updates for November. We also recommend that you familiarize yourself with the new features and improvements in Windows 10, version 20H2.