The October 2018 Update is here!
Microsoft’s iterative updates continue – here’s what to look for in the next generation of Windows 10
Windows Defender has seen a name change (and a slight redesign)
Depending on when this issue reaches you, and when it eventually lands on your PC, you may already be seeing the new features of Windows 10’s October Update. Even if that is the case, some of them aren’t going to be apparent unless you look for them, so let’s break them down.
While the Sets feature, much to our chagrin, doesn’t look like it’s made the cut, Microsoft’s long-awaited File Explorer dark mode does make an appearance. It arguably brings the whole desktop together, and affects things like the Desktop’s right-click menu, open and save dialog boxes, and supporting apps from the Microsoft Store. Head to Settings > Personalisation > Colour to switch it on.
more new features
If you use multiple machines, there’s a new version of the clipboard included, dubbed the Cloud Clipboard. By copying items with [Win] + [C], you’ll add them to an online clipboard – head to a different PC logged in with the same Microsoft account, press [Win] + [V], and whatever you originally copied will be sent straight across.
In terms of apps, Microsoft has added a number of improvements to its Edge web browser, including some major revisions to its menus, reading view and media features – although we’re not sure if it’ll help the browser’s stilldwindling market share. There’s a new screenshot tool, too, which replaces the long-in-the-tooth Snipping Tool. Plus a complete overhaul to the Your Phone app which adds additional connectivity as well as the ability to reply to text messages directly from your desktop.
The Game Bar gains some new features, and Windows Defender has seen a name change (and a slight redesign) as it becomes Windows Security, and more besides.