Microsoft on Monday started rolling out an update to its Windows 10-based devices. With ‘Windows 10 April 2018 Update’, Microsoft is focusing on helping improve productivity as well as make its existing applications more useful. The update also comes with a slew of security-focused features.
From a new Timeline feature to improved voice-to-text functionality, Windows 10 April 2018 Update is one of the biggest software updates since 2016. We have already outlined the top features of Windows 10 April 2018 Update. But there’s more to the new update. Let’s take a look at the more new interesting features of the latest update to Windows 10.
Updates won’t slowdown PCs
One of the most frustrating things about updating your Windows has been slowing down of the devices. Microsoft has already identified this problem and allows users to download updates in the background. But it still used to make the PCs agonizingly slow. With the latest Windows 10 April 2018 update, users can prevent their devices from slowing down in the future.
To ensure your PC doesn’t slow down, go to your device’s Settings > Update & Security > Advanced options. Then, click on Delivery Optimization and choose Advanced Options. From here you can select how much bandwidth the device can allocate for downloading the updates in the background. Similarly, you can do so for downloading the updates in the foreground. The best thing about the new Settings is the new UI which allows you to control the bandwidth by just using on-screen slider.
Airdrop-like Nearby Sharing
Clearly inspired by Apple’s Airdrop feature, Windows 10’s new Nearby Sharing allows users to share videos, photos and documents, and websites with users around them via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
To quickly share a web page on Microsoft Edge or any photos and videos, click on the share charm in the application or simply right click to access the share tool.
“Your computer automatically picks the fastest way to share your file or webpage, either over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Bluetooth allows you to quickly discover potential devices with which you could share,” says Microsoft in a blog post.
The share tool also shows you which devices are available for sharing in the proximity.
Customise audio settings for each app
Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 April 2018 update also focuses a great deal on the audio experience. It allows you to customise audio settings for different application. For instance, you may have apps like Saavn to deliver maximum sound through speakers. And at the same time you can now have a browser deliver lesser decibels through headphones. You can customise audio settings for all the applications on Windows 10.
Apps are now better scaled
Microsoft is now letting you customise apps resolution as per their device resolution. To get started, users can go to Settings > System > Display > Advanced scaling settings. Now, choose the Let Windows try to fix apps so they’re not blurry” option to automatically scale the applications as per your device resolution.
Microsoft is improving its Game bar to make it easier for users to find what they are searching for. “Go to your captures, toggle your microphone and camera, choose a theme, and edit the title of your Mixer stream—all from new buttons on Game bar,” said Microsoft in the blog post.
Users can also select different themes such as dark, light or the current Windows theme. Users can also launch a Mixer stream from the Game bar without needing any additional hardware or software.