Version 1803, coming soon to a Windows 10 PC near you! The latest Windows 10 feature update includes the first public release of the “Timeline” feature, as well as dozens of smaller enhancements to the Windows 10 user experience. Here’s what you can expect:
One of the most common complaints about earlier feature updates is that the update arrives unexpectedly and commandeers the system for an hour or more, usually at a time when the PC’s owner is unprepared for it. This update addresses that complaint in two ways. First, there are additional options to warn that the update is about to be installed, with options to schedule the installation for a convenient time. Second, most of the update takes place in the background, which means that the visible port will take less time and allow you to get back to work more quickly!
Timeline adds history to the familiar Task View switcher. The signature feature of this update offers a radical change to what happens when you press Windows key+Tab, or click the Task View icon on the taskbar, or swipe up with four fingers on a precision touchpad. That option still displays icons for all running apps, but version 1803 lets you browse through a rich history as well, with the option to sync activities from multiple devices. Activity icons show documents you opened in supported apps, including Office programs and Adobe Creative Cloud, as well as web pages you opened using a supported browser. (For now, that’s only Microsoft Edge.) A search box in the upper right lets you filter this list to zero in on an activity. To control or turn off this feature, go to Settings > Privacy > Activity History.
Additional features of this update, honorably mentioned:The Settings app continues to expand, gets a new look. Cortana gets a streamlined notebook, new skills. Lists sync with Cortana on iPhone and Android. Sound configuration options migrate to the Settings app. Set upload and download limits for updates. The Nearby Sharing feature is powered by Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Use Focus Assist to eliminate distractions. Password recovery is now supported on local accounts. Edge catches up with other browsers, offers mute icon for noisy tabs. On dual-GPU PCs, assign graphics support on a per-app basis. You can now shop for fonts in the Microsoft Store.