As we’ve been reporting, Windows 10 20H2 is going to be delivered in the form of a small enablement package and the system’s build number will bump by one digit, just like November 2019 Update.
When Windows 10 20H2 preview update was announced, Microsoft didn’t announce any major new features, nor it was likely to. Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 Build 19042.421 to the testers in the Beta Channel of the Insider and surprisingly it comes with the brand-new Start Menu.
Windows 10 20H2 test build 19042.421 is a bit surprising as it includes the new Start Menu which was originally supposed to go live in Spring 2021. It also includes quite a few other improvements that Microsoft had been testing for Windows 10 21H1 in the Dev Channel.
The preview build suggests that Windows 10 is set to receive the new Start Menu as part of the 20H2 feature update later this year, probably in the month of October or November.
The new Start Menu looks more modern and also aligns with the rest of Windows 10 Fluent icon revamp in the first place. New icons also seem to blend in with Microsoft’s Windows 10X Start Menu, especially in the light theme.
It’s important to note that the live tiles aren’t going anywhere for now. Based on the feedback from Windows 10X, Microsoft might kill off the live tiles from Windows 10 in future, but for now, live tiles will continue to ship with Windows 10.
In addition to Start Menu, starting with Windows 10 version 20H2, your tabs open in Microsoft Edge will start appearing in Alt-Tab apps switcher when you enable the new feature from Settings.
If Microsoft is sticking to the original schedule, Windows 10 version 20H2 with brand-new Start Menu and updated Alt-Tab experience is expected to begin rolling out in October or November.