What was code-named Red­stone 5 will be­come the Oc­to­ber 2018 Up­date—yes, most likely in Oc­to­ber.

PCWorld (USA) - - Contents - BY MARK HACHMAN

We now know when the next Win­dows 10 up­date is com­ing, and if you for­get, it’s right there in the name. Mi­crosoft’s fall up­date to Win­dows 10 will be known as the Win­dows 10 Oc­to­ber 2018 Up­date. It’s ex­pected to be a col­lec­tion of im­prove­ments and updates rather than any earth-shat­ter­ing new fea­tures.

Mi­crosoft made the an­nounce­ment at the IFA show in Ber­lin, Ger­many, where the com­pany also con­tin­ued its tra­di­tion of

high­light­ing ex­em­plary PC hard­ware from its hard­ware part­ners. They in­cluded the Lenovo Yoga C630 WOS ( go.pc­, a convertible that uses the lat­est Qual­comm Snap­dragon 850 chip; and the Lenovo Yoga Book C930 ( go.pc­, an in­no­va­tive dual-screen lap­top. Ex­ec­u­tives also high­lighted the Dell In­sp­iron 13 7000 2-in-1 ( go.pc­world. com/dl70) and the Acer Preda­tor Tri­ton 900, a gam­ing lap­top with a piv­ot­ing hinge. Fi­nally, Mi­crosoft tooted its own horn, hold­ing up the Sur­face Go ( go.pc­ as an ex­am­ple of on-the-go com­put­ing.

The build cy­cle for the Oc­to­ber 2018 Up­date, also known as Red­stone 5, is wrap­ping up. While it’s not known what the fi­nal build will be, Mi­crosoft typ­i­cally is­sues sev­eral rounds of bug fixes be­fore set­tling on a “fi­nal” build that it de­cides to push to con­sumers. That’s where it is right now.

As for the date con­sumers will re­ceive it? That’s still un­known. Mi­crosoft orig­i­nally pushed the “fi­nal” build of its most re­cent Win­dows 10 April 2018 Up­date ( go.pc­world. com/10ap) on April 10, then dis­cov­ered bugs that pushed the even­tual re­lease to the very last pos­si­ble day, April 30.

Win­dows In­sid­ers typ­i­cally re­ceive the “fi­nal” build some­what ear­lier, though. It’s likely that Mi­crosoft will push the next big up­date to In­sid­ers for fi­nal test­ing some­time in midSeptem­ber. That would give Mi­crosoft sev­eral weeks to pore through its teleme­try data and de­cide whether its “fi­nal” build is, in­deed, fi­nal.

What you should do: Mi­crosoft is­sues fea­ture updates ev­ery spring and fall, and ev­ery time there are com­plaints that Mi­crosoft is spring­ing the up­date on con­sumers un­ex­pect­edly. To pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing to you, visit the Set­tings > Up­date & Se­cu­rity menu. En­sure you have your Ac­tive Hours set, to pre­vent Win­dows from in­stalling the up­date dur­ing busi­ness hours. If you have Win­dows 10 Pro, you can choose to de­fer or pause the up­date for 365 days. You can also tell Win­dows to re­mind you when it will up­date and restart. Save your­self some stress and tog­gle this on.

Mi­crosoft touts the Sur­face Go as an ex­am­ple of com­put­ing on the go.

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