Microsoft revealed today when it plans to release the first feature update of 2018 for the company's Windows 10 operating system. Yusuf Mehdi, the Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, confirmed in a new blog post on the official Windows Experience Blog that the rollout of the new feature update begins on April 30, 2018.
The update, named Windows 10 April 2018 Update and not Windows 10 Spring Creators Update, was postponed by Microsoft due to a last minute bug. The bug caused stability issues on devices which resulted in crashes and Blue Screens of Death.
Microsoft blocked the release of the feature update and went back to the drawing board to create a new RTM build.
Mehdi highlighted some of the new features of the new version of Windows 10 in the blog post. While nowhere near as complete as our feature overview, it highlights the most valuable feature additions and improvements of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
Timeline keeps a record of things that you have done in the past 30 days on your Windows 10 device; useful if you want to browse the activity history, load documents or URLs, or programs again without having to remember where they are stored or what their address is.
Timeline is limited to certain programs: for example, URLs loaded in Microsoft Edge are displayed in Timeline but URLs opened in Chrome or Firefox are not.
How useful it is depends largely on the programs that you use day in and out. If you stick to first-party programs like Edge or News, you will get more out of Timeline than if you prefer third-party programs.
You can read our full overview of Windows Timeline here.
Focus Assist was designed to block notifications on demand or on schedule. You may use it to block notifications about new chat messages, emails, Windows Updates, and other events that you are notified about while using Windows 10 on a device.
You may toggle the feature using Quick Actions or by configuring automatic rules, e.g. days and time or when playing games, to enforce it automatically.
Focus Assist may prevent "updates are available" and other messages on Windows that may benefit lots of users. You benefit the most from it when you use a lot of first-party applications such as Mail.
New Microsoft Edge features
Microsoft Edge gets several new features in the April 2018 Update. You can click on the audio icon in tabs to mute or unmute audio playback with a click, or use a full-screen distraction-free interface when reading PDFs, books or using Reading View.
Other improvements include a new clutter-free printing option for cleaner printouts, support for autofill and web payment forms, and a new Grammar Tools that helps with comprehension.
Dictation is the fourth and final feature that Mehdi highlights. Just use the new shortcut Windows-H to start dictation mode while any text field is active.
The improved Dictation feature in Windows 10 will capture your thoughts quickly and accurately so that brilliant idea you just riffed on with your colleagues or the speech you’re practicing for your best friend’s wedding isn’t lost forever.
Tip: make sure you run disk cleanup after the upgrade and making sure that everything works correctly to free up Gigabytes of space.
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