Microsoft has officially confirmed that the next big update to arrive for Windows 10 will be called the October 2018 update. Given the name, its expected release date of October 2018 shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, but we’ve got less of an idea about what’s coming in the contents of the update.
With the April 2018 update, Microsoft shook up how it names its Windows software updates, which in previous years were known as the ‘Fall’ and ‘Spring’ updates.
However, aside from the name change there wasn’t too much to get excited about when the update actually released. Task View was turned into a new Timeline feature, and the built-in dictation software saw a big improvement, but otherwise there was little that your average user could get too excited about.
Hopefully the October update will be different.
Read on for everything we know so far about what’s to come.
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Windows 10 October 2018 Update release date
As part of its October 2018 announcement, Microsoft confirmed that it expects to launch its October update in… well, October. The intention is to have the software signed-off by September 25th, with an official release to follow after further testing.
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Windows 10 October 2018 Update new features
Microsoft is yet to officially confirm everything that will be included in the October 2018 update, but from what the company is actively developing we can get some ideas about what’s to come.
With dark modes now all the rage, the new update will be delivering one such mode (pictured below) for the File Explorer, which as well as looking stylish should mean that you’ll be able to use your PC in a darkened room without quite as much eye strain.
Your clipboard is also set to receive a cloud-enabled upgrade, which should make it easier than ever to transfer text between different internet-connected devices. You’ll be able to use the keyboard shortcut Win+V to paste plain text, HTML and images under 1MB (via ZDNet).
As Microsoft’s browser of choice, Microsoft Edge, will be be receiving an update which should improve its performance and user interface.
The Snipping Tool (which allows you to take screenshots of certain portions of your screen) will also be receiving a keyboard shortcut of its own (Alt+Shift+S in case you were wondering).
Finally, the Xbox Game Bar has received a massive overhaul. The gaming-focussed overlay will now be able to showcase CPU, GPU and RAM usage. Although third-party tools such as RivaTuner Statistics Server have been able to do this for some time, having something built into Windows 10 should be that little bit more convenient.
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