This afternoon at the Microsoft Fall 2018 event, Microsoft announced that the latest Windows 10 Update, version 1809, is now generally available for those that want to download it from the Windows 10 download page.

As with previous rollouts, the update is first available via the download tool for those actively looking to update, but will roll out via Windows Update for all users, starting in this case on October 9th. The previous version 1803 had a pretty quick rollout, and with the less hefty changes in the last couple of Windows 10 releases, it would make sense to see this one also enjoy a quick turnaround.

Windows 10 at this point is a mature, stable platform, and although I would argue the twice-yearly updates are a bit too aggressive considering the extensive use in business, it has been nice to see the updates being much smaller in nature, with fewer features which can cause issues and disruptions.

The October 2018 update contains many of the same small tweaks we’re used to in past updates, including nice touches like finally being able to control auto-playing media in Edge, additional Group Policies for Edge, and PDF rendering improvements. There’s new emoji in an emoji panel which is now available in over 190 locales, compared to just the USA when it first came out, and some other smaller items we’ll cover when we go over the release in a future article.

There’s also some really nice features that should improve productivity, like a cloud clipboard that will let you save and pin items you often copy and paste, rather than only having the previous copied item in memory. There’s an updated screen snipping tool based on the already built-in Win+Shift+S command from Windows 10, but you can customize where the clips go and what you do with them.

Arguably the biggest new feature is the Your Phone App, which can be used to link an Android phone with a PC to get access to your photos and texts quickly and easily. It’ll also allow you to send text messages from your PC, without having to utilize Cortana as was required in the past. For Android users, this should be pretty powerful and useful.

We’ll be digging into all the changes here for a future piece.

Source: Microsoft

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  • Ktracho - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - link

    Does anyone know if this new update works when the boot drive is RAID1? I'm stuck with build 1709 because my computer hangs while updating to build 1803, and even if I manage to install it after going through hoops, it hangs during normal use. (At some point it will again try to autoinstall the latest updates, which will cause churn as it reboots a couple times, hangs, and then uninstalls the update upon hitting the reset button.)
  • Maxed Out - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - link

    Windows 10 1809 breaks Tobii Eye Tracking for Windows Hello... again!

    At least it does on my Alienware 17 R4
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    I'm happy not having to worry about the frequent drumbeat of major OS updates from Microsoft. When security patch support for Windows 7 ends in about 15 months, I'll just install Linux on the one laptop I have left that runs it or send it off to the local electronics recycling facility. I've been slowly creeping up on an OS transition since Microsoft released 8 and I'm more than ready to leave Windows behind from a home computing perspective through a combination of Linux and Android.
  • baka_toroi - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    I'm not ready but I need to do it. I just can't keep on using Windows after 7 EOLs.
  • PeachNCream - Friday, October 5, 2018 - link

    It has been a years long transition for me. I started messing around with Linux nearly two decades ago, but didn't seriously consider using it as an only operating system until about six years ago. If you have spare hardware available, like an extra PC that isn't something you're relying on for anything important, I'd suggest loading a few different distros there to see if you can find something you like. You still have time and, if nothing else, Windows 10 is a perfectly usable OS so if jumping ship to Linux ends up not working out, it isn't the end of the world.
  • GreenReaper - Thursday, October 4, 2018 - link

    Unfortunately the Insider builds from recent months won't boot on my old Dell Inspiron E1505/6400 with a Core Duo. When I downloaded an ISO to a USB, that wouldn't boot either - it gets stuck at the Windows logo, without progress spinner, even with and everything disabled - it's probably somewhere in the loader or HAL, perhaps not happy with PCIe configuration or how the chipset handles memory addresses (it has a hard limit at 4GB - not just the usual "Windows isn't licensed beyond 4GB", the hardware can't address beyond that). Worked fine up to about build 17666 (IIRC). Now it downloads an update, and just can't boot into it and rolls back.
  • msrao23 - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - link

    This way is useful for windows 10

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