Microsoft announces new Windows 10 update to empower users

Federico Mansilla
Abril 27, 2018

Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 April 2018 Update will debut on April 30. But at least it did have some degree of personality and conveyed what Microsoft was aiming for, even if the whole "creator" thing never quite made all that much sense to me given Windows' mainstream focus.

Of course, that's cutting it a bit fine for an update with "April" in the name, and it's still expected that the majority of users (who won't download and install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update manually) will start seeing the update from May 8, as we reported a few days ago. Since its initial launch, we delivered two updates with features created to enable the creator in each of us. This reduces bandwidth and also reduces the amount of time a PC will take to restart and apply a new feature update when ready, meaning users can get back to their PCs faster. And yep, it is NOT the Spring Creators Update. By that, Microsoft means anything you do using Microsoft Edge or Office 365 on your Windows 10 PC, iOS, or Android device while logged in to a Microsoft account. It's also possible to automatically turn Focus Assist on for regular periods of the day when you don't want to be distracted.

"When you finish, you receive a summary of what came through, whether notifications, emails or updates, while you were heads down".

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The Focus Assist feature turns off social media and related distractions in order to help the user work more effectively.

The April 2018 Update brings a variety of new features and improvements to Microsoft Edge - including mute-a-tab, full-screen reading, clutter-free printing, grammar tools and autofill on web forms - all saving users time while browsing the web. Updates include new and improved inking features across the apps, like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, tilt effects, and ink replay; more powerful data analysis in Excel, like new formulas, new charts, and Power BI integration; and sophisticated presentation features in PowerPoint, like Morph and Zoom. Which new highlighted feature do you think you'll use the most?

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