Looking forward to the timeline
The April Update or the Windows Version 1803 is launching today, 30 April, ahead of May Day. It was supposed to launch earlier but had a rather severe bug which delayed things a bit. To make it the April update, they had to launch it today and they managed it. This is the one codenamed Red Stone 4.
The update was confirmed by Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Windows and Devices Group Yusuf Mehdi, on the Windows 10 official blog site.
Not everyone will get an update at once. Just as was the case with the 1709 Fall update, Microsoft is releasing the update in waves. You can speed things up using the Windows update website, but for us it is still showing that the Fall update is available and not the April 2018 one.
You can actually use the new Windows 10 ISO file and install it.
Timeline, Focus assistant, Dictation and more
One key thing that Microsoft has introduced with this version of Windows is the "Timeline". This option lets you see which apps are running and which apps and activities you have used on your PC in the past 30 days. This helps the chaps - including us - to make sense of what were we doing before a mandatory OS update that we have been delaying for a few weeks.
Microsoft automatically launched the Office files you have been working on before the reboot, but the Timeline expands the option.
Nearby sharing lets you share websites, photos, or documents to Windows 10 machines close by, while Focus assist introduces a real do-not-disturb mode to creative types that don’t want to be bothered.
Dictation is another cool thing. You can press Windows + H and talk to your PC and it will write it down for you. It works quite well.
Microsoft Edge tabs can now be muted (hooray!) Edge performance has also been tweaked and updated. Fix blurring aps will help you fix the applications that don’t scale well and there are audio preferences per app.
All in all, when it comes your way after the waves, we recommend doing the update, we tried it on one of the machines we’ve using, and it works just fine.
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