Announcing the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

  • Announcing the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Announcing the Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Microsoft reportedly wanted to start dishing out the April 2018 Update on April 10, though a bug discovery late in the game prompted the company to delay the rollout and do some additional testing through its Windows Insider program.

In 2017, the feature updates for Windows 10 became available for everyone in approximately three months. Rather calling it the "Spring Creators Update", the company opted for something simpler, according to Aaron Woodman who sat down for an interview with The Verge.

In the past, the updates have had flowery names like "Anniversary Update" or "Creators Update".

In past updates, Microsoft has put a bigger focus on gaming than it seems to have done with the April 2018 Update. Microsoft says we lose a lot of time switching back onto tasks after, say a meeting (the average person needs about 23 minutes to regroup after being interrupted, it says). That's likely because its main highlight feature, Timeline, was supposed to be part of its predecessor, the Fall Creators Update. "These updates are going to positively impact the way you use Microsoft 365 across desktops, devices, services, and compliance, and you will tangibly see those benefits across the countless things your IT organization manages", Anderson said. We expect Microsoft will talk more about its plans for WMR this year, detailing new features and ideas it has for the platform. That said the most recent feature updates to Windows 10, such as the Fall Creators Update a year ago, suffered from notably fewer bugs than early rollouts.

The other updates-improvements to Microsoft Edge and voice controls-are essentially just improvements to existing features. There's now an audio icon for muting and unmuting tabs (but no autoplay blocking), a full-screen reading experience (for books, PDFs, and Reading View pages), autofill on web payment forms, a clutter-free printing option, and a Grammar Tools button to enable comprehension aids.

The headline features to look out for are Timeline, which allows you to easily jump back to what you were doing at an earlier point, and Nearby sharing, which allows simple sharing of files and links between PCs and smartphones. First of all, you're getting a new Dictation mode that lets you write with the help of your voice.

The support for S Mode is joined by, among other things, new configuration options created to help companies make better use of Windows 10's Delivery Optimization mechanism.