Windows 10 20H1: KB4533028 for Insider – Notepad store app died, driver update experiment ends

[German]Microsoft has released the update KB4533028 for Windows 10 Version 2004 (20H1 development branch, see Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19033 (20H1) in Slow and Fast Ring – will be Windows 10 Version 2004) for insiders on December 4, 2019. This cumulative update raises the build to 19035.1000. Within the announcement of this build, Microsoft informed use also about some other changes.  They say that the Notepad store app dies, for instance. The cumulative update is used, according to the Windows blog, to test the ‘Service Pipeline’. Microsoft’s blog post contains several interesting changes and messages.


Notepad store app died

In 2015 Terry Myerson announced, that Windows editor Notepad shall be moved to Microsoft store and will be available as an app. Since then, a Notepad app has been available (also in Insider Previews). Now Microsoft pulls the blog and says in the Windows-Blog:

Thank you for all the feedback you provided on the Store version of Notepad. At this time, we’ve decided not to roll this out to customers. Insiders may notice some changes as we remove this change from this build:

  • If you pinned Notepad to your Taskbar or Start menu, you will need to re-pin after you upgrade to this new build.
  • If you had certain file types set to open in Notepad by default, you will see a prompt when you try to open files of that type again and will need to re-select Notepad.

So this experiment comes to an nasty end. Notepad will remain as an Win32 executable, as we know it from the first Windows versions onwards.

Driver update option removed

I hadn’t mentioned within the blog, but Microsoft has also experimented in 20H1 Insider Preview-Builds with a new option Optional Updates in Windows Update settings. Now Microsoft has removed that option:

We’ve completed the experiment related to how we deliver driver updates through Windows Update. Devices that were involved in the experiment will no longer see the Optional Updates link under Settings > Windows Update. This also resolves an issue where after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install.  Thanks to the Insiders who have provided feedback on this feature.

Currently it’s till unclear to me, if this plan to allow users to control driver update delivery in Windows Update has also died finally. Anyway, Microsoft seems to be heading to complete Windows 10 20H1 developement.

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