Windows 10 April Update Set For May Rollout

Posted May 02, 2018

Announced via a blog post by Microsoft's corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi, the update promises a host of new features, many of which are said to streamline your Windows experience and save you time while working. With this update, Microsoft will be switching over to a new update delivery method, which will have one PC on a network download the latest update, then all other machines on the network will grab it from that PC over LAN.

The new update will also bring changes to Dictation feature on Windows 10.

This update makes communication better with a new feature called My People.

Some Windows 10 users in Thailand for example have only just received the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which was released in October 2017. 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.

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New features include Focus Assist which block all notifications from social media and email so users can avoid distractions and focus on work.

For those command line ninjas and Linux users, you will be happy to hear that Windows 10 now comes with the Tar.exe and Curl.exe command line tools.

Microsoft Edge has also been updated, with the browser receiving a variety of new features, including the ability to mute (or unmute) individual tabs by simply clicking on the tab's audio icon.

What's different here, is that once the Focus Assist period expires, you are provided with a handy summary of the notifications (emails or updates) from the apps installed on your Windows system. This search tool allows you to look back through 30 days' worth of searches, documents, files and folders to find the information you need.

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That means that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which was released in August 2016 is no longer supported and will not receive further bug fixes and security updates. And let us know how the update behaves, would you? And finally, "Diagnostics & Feedback" now lets users view the data Windows 10 has collected, and it can quickly and easily be deleted. 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.

This isn't the first time the software giant has provided such a list: It notably listed Paint as a feature it was deprecating in the previous release, Windows 10 version 1709.

Microsoft explains that the reason for Focus Assist to help users who can often themselves distracted thanks to a flood of notifications. To make use of the feature, users need to press Win+H and start talking.

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

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