Windows "April 2018" update rolling out from today


Microsoft will release Windows 10 version 1803, the April 2018 Update, today. Because Microsoft made a change where more of the update process happens during the online period, there's now a time reduction for in-place updates. This will perform an upgrade of your current operating system to Windows 10. Let us know in the comments and poll below.

The Windows 10 April 2018 Update was officially released on Monday, but getting it can be somewhat nuanced.

One of the new features that are a part of the Windows 10 update is Timeline.

Why is it a big deal?

Some of you will get it today, while others will have to wait for a few more days to get it.

I've noticed how it can be faster to say something out loud than it is to write it out, and that's why Windows 10's improved Dictation is worth mentioning here. Tapping on it reveals a full screen window with plenty of tiles giving users a glimpse of all the tasks they were working on. The problem, of course, is that scaling up certain apps make them look terrible and blurry.

The update was originally scheduled for release on 10 April but this was tabled following a significant "blocking" bug that was causing BSOD error.

To be extra safe, you can create a system image of your PC, which allows you to recover all of your settings and apps in addition to your photos and important files.

If you don't want to participate in the rollout, you can also delay the update by heading to the Settings - Update and Security, and click on Advanced Options.

Windows Update is a feature in Windows 10 that sends users a notification about the newest version of Windows 10. At the time of writing it was a few minutes to midnight on Sunday the 29th in Microsoft's Seattle HQ, but close to 07:00 in London on the 30th, and we can detect no evidence downloads have started. "With this update, we're introducing Focus Assist to help you stay in the zone". More peripherals and devices could be getting support in the future. That's because Microsoft wants to make sure incompatible updates don't end up on people's computers and cause problems. Everything else has been dumped into a second tab labeled "Manage Skills". You can minimize the window, and keep working while the upgrade is prepared. You can still use Groove Music to play the music on your PC or to stream music from OneDrive.

The marquee feature of the update is called Timeline. This is obviously a very hot topic right now in light of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. Toggled by clicking its Quick Action button in the Action Center, Focus Assist hides system notifications, and while it looks a lot like Windows 10's old Quiet Hours, it's much more capable. Third, the Activity History page (Settings Privacy) now includes an option to enable or disable "Let Windows collect my activities". That said, users can still share printers, files, and folders like they used to before Windows 7.



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