The long awaited Windows 10 April 2018 update is here and you can actually get it right now, if you’re impatient to wait till May 8th when it comes out officially. That’s when the regular users will get the update via the Windows Update process. Or you can manually check for updates, perhaps use the Microsoft Update Assistant.
There’s quite a bit of novelty here, like the new Timeline, Focus Assist, Near Share and Voice Dictation. If you can’t wait to get the update, you can go here to the Update Assistant from Microsoft’s website. Timeline is a big new feature here, that replaces the already familiar Task View. Timeline lets you see which apps are running, plus what apps and activities have been used on the PC over the past 30 days.
These can sync on multiple machines, helping you multitasking or pick up where you left off. Timeline can also hook up with Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android. Basically you can access the smartphone browser history from the PC. Dictation lets you access Windows 10 features faster and easier via vocal commands. It starts up with a combo of the Windows Key and H key shortcut, letting you dictate into anyhe app.
Cortana got new home automation skills and can play music and playlists from Spotify. Tap to ink lets you start writing in text fields using a digital pen and handwriting in lieu of a keyboard. There’s also a reduced digital pen latency by up to 50%. The Photos app has been updated as well and it’s able to automatically group pictures of people to help organize collections and get support for 3D effects in the built in video editor.
The Game bar has a new look and supports light and dark themes. There are also fonts to be found in the Microsoft Store.