Top 9 Features in Windows 10 Version 1809 October 2018 Update

Microsoft has released Windows 10 October 2018 Update on Oct 2, 2018. This new full of surprises update is finally available to Windows 10 users. To get this update, you just need to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to manually check for latest update, or you can wait until Microsoft itself starts pushing it out to more PCs in coming weeks. The new update includes a number of new features that provide improvements to Windows 10 whether you’re using it for work, gaming, or both.

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Most importantly, Microsoft is finally using machine learning to stop future updates from installing when you’re using your PC. That feature alone makes it worth getting Windows 10 October 2018 update today. However, we have compiled the list of top 9 features of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Let’s check them one by one.

1. Dark Theme For File Explorer

Windows 10 has had a dark mode or Dark theme for some time, but it’s now extending to the File Explorer with the October 2018 Update. After a lot of efforts made in Windows 10 insider builds, Microsoft has finally released the Dark theme for File Explorer as well. So, now it suits the rest of the dark theme of Windows 10. If you’re a dark mode fan then this new look is certainly for you. It will be enabled automatically if you enable dark theme from Settings > Personalization > Colors.

Microsoft has added dark theme support to the File Explorer context menus, including the context menu that appears when you right-click your desktop. There’s also a new dark theme for the standard Open and Save file dialog windows.

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2. ‘Your Phone’ The New Phone Companion

Microsoft has been working on making Android and iOS phones work better with Windows 10, and the new Your Phone app is designed to bring a lot of these efforts into a single package. Though ‘Your Phone‘ feature has been released to Windows insiders already but it’s now available for all users officially. Your Phone primarily works with Android devices right now in the October 2018 Update, and you’ll be able to sync photos and text messages. Your Phone makes it quicker to pull a photo from your device and immediately copy and paste it into a document you’re working on.

See also: How to use Your Phone app to sync photos and text messages between phone and PC?

The biggest feature of Your Phone, the ability to send SMS messages from your PC, is however limited to Android devices right now. Microsoft is working to make the Your Phone features available on iPhones too, but Apple has restricted access to SMS data in iOS so it will require a big change to get this Your Phone feature working with the iPhone.

3. Access Clipboard Across Devices

One of the best addition in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update is cloud clipboard. You can now access a full history of your clipboard data by using the Windows + V keyboard shortcut, and this will sync clipboard data across all your Windows 10 devices. However you have sign in all your devices using same Microsoft account. It’s comes very hand when you have a Windows 10 PC at home or work and a laptop for on the go, and you want to pick up where you left off.

Microsoft is also working to bring cloud clipboard support to SwiftKey in the future, and this will allow you to copy or paste data between a mobile devices and Windows 10. That will make cloud clipboard even more useful across multiple devices.

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4. New Screenshot Tool

Microsoft is improving the way you can take screenshots in Windows 10 with the October 2018 Update. Screen Sketch, previously bundled in Windows Ink, is now a separate app that can take screenshots and provide options to annotate them. A new winkey + shift + S keyboard shortcut will now bring up an area select tool to snip a screenshot and copy it to the clipboard. You can then annotate the screenshot before sharing it with others. You can also assign the prntscr keyboard button to this new tool, instead of having to use third-party apps like Lightshot or ShareX.

5. SwiftKey ‘Swipe-To-Type’

The built-in touch keyboard in Windows 10 Devices is now “powered by” SwiftKey. Currently, this is only available when typing in English (United States), English (United Kingdom), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Spanish (Spain), Portuguese (Brazil), and Russian. According to Microsoft, “SwiftKey gives you more accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your writing style.” It also offers swipe-to-type support, letting you type by swiping your finger from letter to letter rather than tapping each letter. Now you can enjoy same typing experience on both your Phone and your Windows 10.

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6. Power Usage in Task Manager

Microsoft has been improving Task Manager gradually with Windows 10, and now it lets you see what apps are draining your battery. A new column in task manager categorizes apps into their power usage, so you can close apps that are drawing a lot of battery life when you’re running low on battery. This feature is sure to benefit a lot of users who travel a lot and have limited power available.

7. Make Text Bigger Across Windows 10

In earlier versions of Windows including Windows 10’s previous updates, you could make text appear bigger but it would make your Windows look weird. Windows 10 October 2018 update now lets you increase the text size you see in apps across the whole operating system. A new setting in the ease of access section lets you adjust system-wide text size so you can more easily see text in places like File Explorer or even the Start menu without disrupting the appearance.

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8. New Game Bar Features

Microsoft has made some more changes to its Game Bar feature of Windows 10 in this latest update. Users can now check CPU and GPU usage in the game bar, alongside an average fps. On streaming games, it’s particularly useful to see if anything is slowing your Windows 10 PC. The new Game Bar now includes better audio controls so you can manage what’s being captured when you take a clip or stream your game.

9. Other Improvements

MICROSOFT EDGE IMPROVEMENTS

Microsoft keeps adding new features to its Edge browser with every Windows 10 update, and the October 2018 Update is no different. With this update, you can now stop videos from autoplaying sound, and better manage the websites you allow to autoplay in the first place. Edge is also getting some Fluent Design improvements with prettier tabs and new effects.

BETTER HDR SUPPORT / RAY-TRACING SUPPORT

Have a fancy new HDR monitor for gaming or movies? If ‘Yes’ is your answer, then this Windows 10 October 2018 Update is for you. Microsoft has made it easier to setup HDR in Windows 10 and ensure it’s enabled for apps and games that support it. With the improved HDR support, the October 2018 Update also brings platform support for NVIDIA’s new ray tracing GPUs. Microsoft and Nvidia have worked together on ray tracing, and DirectX now supports it with this update. If you own an RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Ti then you’ll want to install this update so you’re ready for playing games like Battlefield V ship with ray tracing enabled.

Well those were top 9 features in Windows 10 version 1809 October 2018 update. Hope you liked this new version of Windows 10. So, which one is your best feature in Windows 10 October 2018 update? Do let us know in comments below. Enjoy, have fun!

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

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