Microsoft has started to roll out its Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Microsoft is now rolling out the all-new "Your Phone" app for all Windows 10 users with the new Windows 10 October update.

Timeline was a new feature for Windows 10 introduced in the Spring Update so you could go back and find things you were previously working on. The demo of the application included a person accessing native text messaging application and photos app on a Windows 10 desktop.

As always, Microsoft is trying to make the gaming experience on Windows 10 nicer for the end user and is upgrading the Game Bar with the October Update.

Generally speaking, if you have automatic updates installed, the Windows 10 October 2018 update will start going out in waves on October 9. They include a new Microsoft To-Do app, which does exactly what you might expect, as well as a whole host of snipping and markup tools also added as part of Snip & Sketch, previously known as Screen Sketch.

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"You don't have to do anything to get the update; it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update", the company said in a blog post.

It can also tell you which apps are using the most battery on your laptop.


Not everyone uses a pen with their computer, but those who do will be pleased to learn that the October 2018 Update brings several enhancements to inking, such as the ability to transform your scribbles into perfectly formatted slides and a smarter PowerPoint Designer that will suggest slide designs based on your handwritten ink.

Any OEMs would rather you have to purchase new hardware at your own expense in order to get OEM made PC/Laptop support for the latest OS/Driver support on any device. The Task Manager now shows you the power usage of each process on your Windows 10 device and there's another column called "Power Usage Trend" that shows you the longer-term trend. It was bought by Microsoft in 2016 and finally, it's coming to Windows starting with the October 2018 Update. This would be a worthwhile service for certain types of programs which aren't now available on Microsoft's Windows Store. It's also possible to now download this version from Microsoft's Download Windows 10 website in ISO form. Clever stuff. You can change settings for this in Settings System Clipboard. I've had this app tell me I'm on "the latest version" even when I'm not.

Windows 10 at this point is a mature, stable platform, and although I would argue the twice-yearly updates are a bit too aggressive considering the extensive use in business, it has been nice to see the updates being much smaller in nature, with fewer features which can cause issues and disruptions.

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