Microsoft Windows 10’s April 2018 Update (version 1803) — codename Redstone 4 — has been released to to the general public.If your device is compatible, the new version will automatically download through Windows Update. Alternatively, you can install the update using the Media Creation Tool to do a clean or in-place upgrade, Update Assistant, or you can also download the ISO file to create a USB bootable media.
Some of the features launched with this update include;
Possibly the most anticipated new feature for power users is Timeline. It’s a visual timeline that is directly integrated into Task View. You can move back into the activities of files and apps you were using in the past – up to thirty days’ worth. You can access it by hitting Windows Key + Tab or by clicking the icon next to the Cortana Search box on the Taskbar.
New Fluent Design Improvements
Microsoft continues to improve the overall UI of the operating system and this version introduces improvements to the always evolving Fluent Design System. In this version, you’ll notice more pronouncements to the acrylic translucency effects and reveal animations. All of this gives Windows 10 a more attractive and modern look. And unlike Aero Glass in previous versions of Windows, all these new UI effects won’t be a strain your GPU and other system resources.
The Near Share feature is similar to Apple’s AirDrop, and it allows you to share files and links via Bluetooth between your phone and PC. It comes in handy to share items between users during an office meeting instead of having to pass around flash drives so everyone has the right document. You can access it from compatible apps via the Share icon. You can share a file by choosing the Share option from File Explorer.
Microsoft Edge Improvements
The company continues to improve its Microsoft Edge browser in every new revision of Windows 10. There are improvements to the redesigned Hub which provides access to Favorites, Reading Lists, Browser History, and Downloads. There have been several new improvements to its handling of PDFs and eBooks which include sharing and markup features. Still, even with all the new features and improvements, the adoption rate remains low for power users as Chrome and Firefox dominate the desktop browser space.
Cortana has been updated to help you focus on activities and help you pick up where you left off between sessions. It has a streamlined Notebook and additional skills. It is also able to connect the digital assistant to more IoT devices in the home automation space. It has a list of sync abilities with Cortana on iOS and Android, too.
Previously referred to as “Quiet Hours,” Microsoft has renamed this feature to “Focus Assist” which helps you stay focused on a project you’re working on. It provides options to create rules and limit notifications that are unimportant, so you can concentrate on the task in front of you. You can shut down all notifications or set rules to allow specific ones through. For example, if you’re working on an important spreadsheet or giving a presentation, you don’t need to be distracted by a notification from a social media app about what your friend or colleague had for lunch. But it’s not just for productivity. Maybe you’re playing a favorite game and don’t want to be distracted by notifications. You can manage it by heading to Settings > System > Focus Assist.