The April 2018 Microsoft Windows 10 update barely received an official title, which, understandably, makes one wonder how much importance the company attaches to it. But as our review shows, behind Microsoft, known internally as the "Redstone 4" version, are many changes and improvements, with two timeline and nearby sharing parts.
Really, but the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) is an ensemble show with a number of minor enhancements. There are quiet hours, now called Focus Assist; improved data usage management; and a ton of updates in Edge, some of which you've already seen in other browsers. Under these circumstances, Microsoft may build something new, as the Edge Engine forms the foundation for Progressive Web Apps, a new way of delivering apps to the Microsoft Store.
Unlike previous versions, Microsoft has not developed a coherent narrative around the April 201
A more upbeat appearance: Fluent Design
Your first impressions of the new version of Windows 10 start on the desktop, which looks almost identical to previous versions. Dive deeper and more subtle changes are revealed. Expect to see more of Microsoft's Fluent Design in Windows, with its semi-transparent "acrylic" user interface letting the colors of background apps bleed like frosted glass.
See Settings> Usability> Display for a wealth of new settings to manage this experience. Do you want to add visible scrollbars in UWP apps? (I do.) Turn off the wallpaper? (Never!) You can also set how long notifications will stay on your screen and even clear the transparency effects of Fluent Design.
Functionally, there are a few small changes. Microsoft has now added shortcut icons for documents and images above the Start menu icon in the lower-left corner. Notifications that have been assigned to Cortana have now been migrated to the Action Center at the bottom right. The Windows Defender Security Center ( Settings> Update & Security ) is now Windows Security only. If you did not enable Windows Hello, you might see a prompt to set up on the lock screen.
Timeline: A Solid Feature with Future Potential
One of the strengths of Windows 10 is the provision of innovative ways for users to do their jobs. One of his weaknesses is how it looks over your shoulder to accomplish this. Timeline, arguably the marquee feature of the Windows 10 April 2018 updates, contains elements of both.
As you work, Timeline optionally records the pages you've visited with Edge (but not Chrome or any other browser), and tracks which documents you touch in Microsoft Office. (The Timeline is on by default.) If you click the taskbar button that was previously reserved for the task view, the timeline will open to show you your most recent compute activity in the last few days and weeks.
For Microsoft, Timeline is part of the experience that allows you to track your work from your smartphone and desktop to desktop. Is it useful to know what you were working on a week ago? Possibly. The advantage of Timeline, however, is the ability to group documents and web pages into collections called Activities. If you know which budget table you worked on a week ago, you'll find even more if you can quickly rediscover and launch related Web pages and PowerPoint presentations you had open at the time.  Windows 10 Spring Creators update timeline "width =" 700 "height =" 467 "data-imageid =" 100752458 "data-license =" IDG "/> Mark Hachman / IDG Timeline tracks your Surfing habits and document display and further organizing them into activities (not shown) that group them hourly.
Timeline tracks your Surfing habits and document display and further organizing them into activities (not shown) that group them hourly.
Timeline is a great complement to Windows, but similar in value to your browser history, and is a helpful way to reorient yourself While jumping from task to task, like many features in Windows, it does not push you in. What was ultimately doomed was a lack of attention and the same fate could happen to Timeline.
Near Share: The mediocre response from Microsoft on AirDrop
Near Share (aka "Nearby Sharing" in the Settings menu) sounds great on paper, a new feature that allows Windows PCs, files and UR Share Ls with nearby computers, provided that both have authorized the exchange. (Apple's similar AirDrop feature was introduced several years ago.) The Edge Browser and File Explorer already include Share options, which usually lead you to forward that information via email, Facebook, Twitter, and other apps. Now, direct connectivity to nearby PCs is an additional option.