Starting with the Windows 10 20H1 feature update, the Notepad app will get rid of the reliance on Windows 10 system updates. In the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18963 released today, Microsoft officially announced that the Notepad application has become an independent app on Microsoft Store for a more flexible update rhythm. Microsoft wrote:
“Notepad has been a well-loved text editor in Windows for over 30 years. Over the last few releases, we’ve been making a number of small improvements to Notepad based on your feedback (including expanded line ending support, wrap around search, and indicating when there’s unsaved content.) Starting with this build, we’re making a change so that future Notepad updates will be automatically available via the store. This will allow us the flexibility to respond to issues and feedback outside the bounds of Windows releases. As always, if you have any feedback for Notepad, we welcome it in the Feedback Hub under Apps > Notepad.”
Currently, the update of Notepad mainly relies on the update of Windows 10 system. The latest update was released with the Windows 10 May 2019 (Version 1903) feature update.