What’s New in Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Users who are not happy with Windows 10 may find a little peace with the new features that the October update has to offer. Microsoft as usual has added new features that make Windows 10, the best OS to use. In this blog post, let us see what the Windows 10 October 2018 update aka codenamed Redstone 5 brings to us.

  1. Your Phone’ app

This is introduced to better integrate your phone and your Windows 10 PC. Using this app, you can send and receive SMSs/calls from your Windows 10 computer. In addition, you can also manage photos on your phone from your Windows 10 computer. This way your phone and PC will be better integrated and connected.

  1. Dark themed File Explorer

Dark theme has been there in Windows, but it has only worked for its store apps and only certain elements of Windows 10 so far. However, with the new update, Windows 10 now offers a dark theme for File Explorer and all apps.

To enable the dark theme, all you have to do is go to Settings > Personalization > Colours; under More Options, select the Dark Option. After making this selection, open File Explorer to see a dark theme.

  1. The new ‘Sets’ feature

With the new update, Microsoft is also planning to offer a new feature called ‘Sets’. What Sets does is it groups different tabs in a single window, making it easier for you to access and view tabs if you have multiple things open.

For instance, one set can contain your travel ticket in Word open along with hotel/flight websites with it in a single window. And another set could contain all Excel documents you are working on. This feature is believed to change the user experience for good.

  1. The new Alt + Tab

With the introduction of Sets as discussed above, Microsoft has also changed the way how Alt + Tab works. So, when you click on Alt + Tab, all the Sets tabs open along with Microsoft Edge browser tabs.

  1. Search Preview

An interesting addition to Windows 10 is the search preview feature. Basically what this does is when you search for something in the Start menu (commonly known as the Cortana Search), you will be shown a preview of the results.

For instance, when you search for a document, you will see a document preview. When you search for web results, you will see a preview of search results from Bing.

  1. A new snipping tool

With the new update, Microsoft offers an updated snipping tool with new features. Press the Windows + Shift + S keys and capture the screenshot. Then you are given an option to annotate the screenshot and also share it instantly. This feature will help make the screenshot friendly and understandable.

Other than these main features, there are also a few others such as improvements to Notepad, more emoticons and an updated game bar. Along with this, the October update can also predict the best time to restart your PC for updates. Meaning, Windows uses machine learning to avoid disturbing and restarting your PC when it’s in use.

And finally the most awaited, Microsoft also promises ‘no more forced updates’. That is, it promises to not start the updates automatically without the user’s content. Thus, a slight relief that you don’t have to pause your work to update and hence avoid loss of data. I hope there are many who lost data with such updates, some might have even lost partitions after installing Windows 10 anniversary update, if so then Remo Recover will come in handy to get back your files lost after Windows updates.

Anyhow, with this October update, Windows 10 users can ease out as you can decide when to update. So, with all these new features, users of Windows 10 will hopefully have a better experience.

What’s New in Windows 10 October 2018 Update was last modified: July 28th, 2020 by John Harris

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