Microsoft, after releasing Fall Creators Update last year was back to work for next update. After months of tests in insider preview build, they finally released the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. This new release has new features and some add up to the features in the last release. Let’s see what new features there are:
Though this feature is now releasing, it was promised in Fall Creators Update. Well, better late than never, right. Timeline enables users to look back at their activity in days and months too. They can close an application and go back to it when needed. Users can also remove certain activities if they so choose too.
Sharing is caring, so they say. Sharing easier in mobile with Mobile hotspot and Bluetooth, but not so much on the desktop. There are apps that can do it easily but not everyone one has that software readily available on their laptop or desktop. With Near Sharing Windows can share files and links within the same network or via Bluetooth.
Microsoft rebranded/renamed Quiet Hours as Focus Assist. Focus Assist is a pumped-up version of Do Not Disturb mode. There are new parameters that users can apply to Quiet Hours like while playing fullscreen games, custom time, etc. Users can easily get back to those notifications after Quiet Hours are finished or by simply looking at the Action Center.
Updates to Microsoft Edge
The new update to Microsoft Edge brings important changes like mute tabs, autofill web forms, Full-screen reading mode, etc. They also introduced clutter-free printing mode which removes all unimportant things like ads from the site and prints only the articles/posts.
Improvements to Windows Ink
Now Windows Ink users can write in any text fields, they call it Tap to Ink. Go to Settings> Devices > Pen & Windows Ink > select, “Write directly into text field”, then tap on a new text field to try the experience. They also improved the Windows Ink to decrease the latency by 30%-50%.
Improvements to Windows Mixed Reality
Windows Mixed Reality now supports Steam VR apps. With some more improvement, the full experience for Windows Mixed Reality for Steam VR will be coming out of “early access” in next few months. Microsoft is also looking to add more personalization items to the mixed reality platform.
Windows Hello is now easier to configure. If you had not set it previously, you can set up Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint or PIN straightly from the lock screen’s Sign-in options.
Improved Game bar
The Game bar now has a more fluent design look than before. With the controls more streamlined, it looks easy to use. With integration to Mixer stream, users can easily live stream their gameplay.
These are the most noticeable changes in the new Windows 10 April 2018 Update. There are many more changes, which you can learn about at Microsoft’s Official blog.