Windows 10 Spring Creator Update version 1803 now called the April Update is all set to hit your machines. Not just new name but there are many other features and fixes coming with this update. After being in the testing stage for quite some time now, the updated version 1803 is now ready to release. It will be launched out in stages like the earlier versions.
While the update will be rolled out sometime around the mid of April, there is already a huge buzz about the latest features and updates coming with this version. The April Update is also bringing in some important functionality improvements and security fixes.
The update includes some changes in Edge, Privacy Settings, List App, Cortana Notebook, Settings app, Nearby Share and much more.
Windows 10 v1803 April Update features
So, let’s take a quick look at what all the new version has in store-
Fluent Design and new Timeline
First things first. The latest version of the operating system is bringing a new design termed as Fluent Design. It is more modern and fluid than Metro which replaced the classic Windows 7 design. Focussing more on the motion and light, the new Fluent Design has more highlight effects and layers. New Timeline indeed is one of the most talked about new feature in this update V1803. Though we already have the Task View feature in Windows 10 where we can check all the running apps, now with the new Timeline, you can check the apps you were working previously.
All your activities will be listed day-wise/ hour-wise, and you can scroll down to check all your earlier activities. If you select a particular day, you can then check the activities hour-wise. You can also clear all your activity logs from a particular day or hour.
Microsoft’s default browser Edge gets many new features with the latest update including the autofill cards, developer toolbar, enhanced reading view, clutter-free printing, improved hub view, etc. Every time you fill a web form in Edge, the browser will prompt to save the information and let you use it as your Autofill Card. To get a clutter-free printout, you have to enable the clutter free option in the print dialog.
Microsoft Edge full-screen mode will also display the address bar, and the improved Hub View will now display more content. You will also be able to run Edge in InPrivate Mode and Mute audio for individual tabs.
This is one of the most interesting features updated in the latest version of Windows 10. You can now copy and paste things between all your connected devices. As it is cloud clipboard, you can use it on your phone on the Windows PC.
Cortana, your virtual assistant, will be more personalized now. A new feature named Cortana Collection which lets Cortana learn more things about you and help you accordingly. You can select your favorite restaurants, books, TV shows, etc. and put them into the Organizer. Cortana Notebook also has a new look with this version.
The latest version brings many new changes to the Settings menu including Fonts, Telemetry Data, File Access, Language Settings and Password Recovery. The new settings let you experience some new fonts and colors plus it also allows you to download more fonts from the Microsoft Store.
The new Privacy Settings in the Spring Creator Version lets you check and delete your data collected by Microsoft and its apps. Furthermore, you can now have more control over the apps you use. You can now select if you want the Microsoft Apps to access your files, like your pictures, documents, etc.
Focus Assist is another interesting feature added in this version. With these settings, you can now focus more on your work without getting distracted by the notifications. Select the time and schedule a few Quiet Hours on your machine when you will not get any notifications. Also, you can select a few apps and important contacts you want the notifications from.
There are also changes in the language settings where you can download more languages from the Microsoft Store and some new features added in the speech recognition, text-to-speech, etc.
Your PC will be more secure with the new password recovery tool added in the latest version of Windows. It lets you add the security questions to your account so that you can retrieve your lost password easily.
There is also a new Startup Tasks option added in the settings menu which lets you control the apps that run with the Startup. You do not need to open the task manager to control the apps anymore.
Some other miscellaneous changes and features include-
- Colored Command Prompt
- Windows Defender Application Guard and Ultimate Performance power scheme for Windows 10 Pro
- Windows Hello setup improvements
- App volume and device preferences option in sound settings
- New keyboard settings page
- Option to share data between two devices wirelessly without using Bluetooth
- Drag and drop option in My People
- Improved gaming experience with HDR functionality
- The narrator in Safe Mode
- Easier navigation with eye control improvements.
- Quick pairing for Bluetooth devices.
- Emoji type improvements
- Redesigned Game Bar
- Redesigned Windows Defender settings
- Edit option for the Snipping Tool in Paint 3D
- Data usage on ethernet and Wi-Fi
- Work folders on demand
- Native UNIX sockets
While the upcoming April Update is bringing numerous new features and bug fixes, there are also some features that have been deprecated or discontinued. All of the features mentioned above were noticed in various Redstone Builds and are expected to appear in the final release.
Let’s wait for the official launch of April Update and check what all it has for us.