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What to expect from Microsoft's Windows 10 April 2018 Update

02 May, 2018, 01:12 | Author: Melinda Barton
  • New Windows 10 “Timeline” update – The details

To do this, you can head to Settings, Update and Security, Windows Insider Program, and click on "Get Started".

You can find the full list of updates on this link.

From today, Windows 10 users will be able to download the free April 2018 update for the operating system, with an official rollout to PCs around the world scheduled to commence on May 8, 2018. Despite the gap of around 6 months between two consecutive Windows 10 Updates, Microsoft has again pointed Snapdragon 835 as the only Qualcomm processor to support the latest Windows 10 April 2018 update. The April 2018 Update is the fourth major update, preceded by the Fall Creators Update (Redstone 3), Creators Update (Redstone 2), and Anniversary Update (Redstone 1).

Windows 10 April 2018 Update will also include a Near Share feature which works a lot like Apple's AirDrop as well as quick pairing for Bluetooth Devices. Timeline is part of Windows 10's Task View and shows users a history of activities they've performed.

Timeline is the much awaited top-of-the-line feature in April 2018 Update that allows users to resume their past work and apps on their PC and across different devices.

Users who are signed into their Microsoft account on Android and iOS can even pick up from the file they had opened on these devices, when they return to the Windows 10 PC.


The easiest way is to wait for the notification from Windows Update, which lets the user know a feature update is ready to install, but you can also manually check for updates from the Settings app. What this does is essentially mute and hide notifications and emails for a period of time. "Or set it to turn on automatically at certain times during the day when you want focused time".

Nonetheless, one way to force the update to appear on your system is to go to settings.

For me, the update has been completely positive, and while it seems most of the new features will be wasted on me, I do feel my battery life has improved.

Microsoft and Qualcomm have been working together for quite a long time to run Windows 10 OS on the ARM-based Snapdragon chips. In Windows 10, version 1709 and earlier versions, the app is included in the installation image. With the latest update, the devices are protected against malware and also aid in performance. However, with all things that are "available" from Microsoft, it's assured that things will be more complicated than a simple release date implies. Honestly, it would probably be less frustrating to just take the PC out of commission while updates are being downloaded than to have your machine slow down.

Indeed, no Windows update would be complete without any upgrades to Microsoft's virtual assistant, Cortana.

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