Microsoft Announces Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Posted on April 27, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 19 Comments

Here Comes Windows 10 Version 1803

Three weeks later than originally scheduled, Microsoft has finally announced the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, which will upgrade Windows 10-based PCs to version 1803.

“With our latest major release—the Windows 10 April 2018 Update—we want to give you back some of your greatest currency, your time,” Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi explains. “Our hope is that you’ll have more time to do what matters most to you, create, play, work or simply do what you love.”

Unlike the previous two Windows 10 feature updates, the April 2018 is a relatively small upgrade. It comes with only one major new feature, called Timeline, and a handful of useful buy minor changes.

“With Timeline, your Windows 10 PC lets you go back in time up to 30 days to find your stuff, whether you were working on it earlier today, last week, or a few weeks ago,” Mr. Mehdi writes. “Because much of our activity is on the go, you can even pick up what you were doing if signed into your Microsoft account while using Microsoft Edge or Office 365 on your iOS or Android device when you return to your Windows 10 PC.”

Other updates cited by Microsoft include Focus Assist (which is really just a renamed feature that’s been included in Windows 10 since last year), and improvements to Microsoft Edge, voice dictation, and Cortana.

As to the schedule, Microsoft continues to insist that the April 2018 Update isn’t “late” or “delayed.” But it’s both: Microsoft originally signed off on this Windows 10 version in late March and then belatedly found some issues that were serious enough to trigger a reset and weeks of delays.

But in the good news department, the update release will at least (barely) meet the promise of its name: Microsoft says it will begin rolling out on Monday, April 30 (the last day of April) as a free download. And then it will hit Windows Update on Tuesday, May 8.

 

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