The Oc­to­ber 2018 Up­date is here!

Mi­crosoft’s it­er­a­tive up­dates con­tinue – here’s what to look for in the next gen­er­a­tion of Win­dows 10

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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.

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