Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Windows "April 2018" update rolling out from today

Windows 10 April 2018 Update Will Be Rolled Out On April 30th And Will Bring New Features And Improvements Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Everything you need to know
Heather Davidson | 02 May, 2018, 01:10

Double-click setup.exe to start Windows 10 setup. Once you've got it installed, here are the features to try first.

Technically, the new Windows 10 feature update will be available on April 30 and users who want it then can download it from Microsoft, but for everyone else, it arrives on May 8 as a part of the normal upgrade cycle.

Owners of Microsoft's flagship operating system for personal computers should get a notification from the Windows Update service used by customers to download software patches, security fixes, and other updates.

However, if you install Windows 10, version 1803, on a new device (or as a clean installation), you may need to install XPS Viewer from Apps and Features in the Settings app or through Features on Demand.

Focus Assist is aimed at helping users concentrate, and can be turned on manually or scheduled.

Microsoft is killing off the entire notion of HomeGroups, and removing a few other features from Windows 10. Users can even find what they were doing while using Microsoft Edge or Office 365 on iOS or Android device's when they return to their Windows 10 PC.

The new update also brings in Windows 10 "S Mode", and a new feature called "focus assist", which lets you block certain notifications and updates while trying to concentrate on a specific task. But Microsoft gradually rolls the automatic update out to the millions of computers running Windows, so there's a good chance it's not there for you yet. This will allow you to burn the Windows 10 April 2018 Update to a CD, or to a USB Disk. Microsoft automatically launched the Office files you have been working on before the reboot, but the Timeline expands the option. You can activate it by either heading into Settings or tapping on Focus Assist or open the Notifications bar and tap or click on the toggle that sits alongside the Network, Connect, Flight Mode, and Battery buttons. In Windows 10, version 1709 and earlier versions, the app is included in the installation image.

HomeGroup. Once called out in Windows 7 Setup, the HomeGroup feature, finally, is dead. With My People, users can pin the people they communicate with most to the taskbar for easy access. Impressively, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update will only leave you offline for about 30 minutes.

Microsoft Edge tabs can now be muted (hooray!) Edge performance has also been tweaked and updated. Edge now includes a full-screen Reading View for reading EPUBs, PDFs, and web pages.

Indeed, no Windows update would be complete without any upgrades to Microsoft's virtual assistant, Cortana. The download will take a while, and your PC will reboot multiple times to install, so it is best to grab a cup of tea or coffee while your PC works its magic.

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