Windows 10 April 2018 Update
The April 2018 Update, first issued several months ago, at the time of writing, has introduced several brand new features to Windows 10 that add quite a bit of depth and utility to the experience. Let’s break down the features you’ll use the most, all of which have been rolled into the more recent October 2018 Update.
Timeline. Imagine this feature as the virtualized desktop tool of versions past, but now with the added element of time. This allows you to go back in time to saved desktop states as they were at the time. Timeline also works with connected phones and tablets to reconnect with automatically saved places in Microsoft Edge and Office 365 apps. You can even delete specific activities. All told, it’s an awfully useful feature that could potentially save your butt.
Nearby Sharing. This is, frankly, a lot like Apple’s AirDrop feature that has been on Macs and iPhones and iPads for a long time. It’s simply a faster way of sharing files with Windows 10 devices that are, well, nearby over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. The feature is nevertheless useful – it’s just one that should have been there already.
Focus Assist. Welcome to one of our favorite and most-used Windows 10 features since the update landed. This allows you to suppress both visual and audio notifications to allow you to focus on the task at hand. You can either manually toggle the setting or schedule it to activate at specific times of the day. When you’re ready to re-engage with your feeds, you’ll get a summary of notifications. It’s Do Not Disturb mode from your phone for your PC, and we love it.
Microsoft Edge. Microsoft has brought further ebook improvements to its Edge browser, now allowing for a full-screen reading mode and holding a wider EPUB book selection. Also, there’s a new Dark Mode for Edge that should excite some users as well as – finally – the ability to mute audio within tabs.
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Windows Ink. Now, you can ink anywhere within Windows 10 that previously required you to type. Just press your stylus directly onto text fields to start writing, and you can even edit your work. This is an interesting feature, but sadly only works in Microsoft made or supported apps right now, so you can’t navigate a web browser with writing or literally pen an email. That is, unless perhaps it’s with Outlook.
Windows 10 in S Mode. This edition of Windows 10 marked the transition of Windows 10 S from a spinoff OS to a mode that can be toggled in either version of full Windows 10. This ultimately means potentially more secure machines for newbies and the option to opt out for pros.
Security. Microsoft has introduced even further improvements to Windows Defender, particularly a new account protection pillar within the app. This collects all of the tool’s functions for protecting your account details and backing them up with biometric data via Windows Hello. The tool also now provides more information regarding device security as well as the options to toggle hardware security features. We very much appreciate Microsoft’s rounding out of its security offering from malware protection down to biometric login management.