Windows 10 October 2018 Update – Synergy Software Systems review

September 26th, 2018 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Windows 10 known as version 1809 and codenamed Redstone 5 during its development process,continues to add new features and improve existing ones. Some expected changes didn;t make it like adding tabs to applications with Sets.

The control panel lives but the Fluent Design System is applied to more Windows elements.

The snipping feature is changed (again). The new Snip & Sketch tool lets you draw on it and add annotations, including arrows and highlights. This clipping tool appears when you press Windows+Shift+S to open it. However, there’s a setting under Settings > Ease of Access > Keyboard that makes the new tool appear when you press the Print Screen key on your keyboard

This major upgrade includes a clipboard history that syncs between your devices and a dark theme for File Explorer. access by pressing Windows+V. Optionally synchronize this clipboard history between your devices, i.e.a clipboard that synchronizes itself between your PCs or click an icon in the clipboard popup to psync manually, and prevent Windows from synchronizing potentially sensitive data like passwords and credit card numbers. In future, Microsoft will likely add support for the cloud clipboard to its SwiftKey keyboard for Android, iPhone, and iPad to copy and paste between your phone or tablet and your Windows PC.

As Microsoft puts it, “SwiftKey gives you more accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your writing style.” It also offers swipe-to-type support, letting you type by swiping your finger from letter to letter rather than tapping each letter.”

A key feature is integration with Android devices to quickly access recent phone photos and to view and nd reply to text messages, which is powered by services included in the October 2018 Update, However, its delivered via the separate Your Phone app, which needed much more development according to ZDNet. The “Your Phone” app will bring Windows 10’s smartphone integration features together and make these easier to set up. Microsoft has put a shortcut to this app on the default desktop. For Android phone users running Android 7.0 or newer, the Your Phone app lets you text from your PC and instantly access photos from your phone on your PC. In the future, Microsoft plans to add syncing notifications from your Android phone, which is already available in the Cortana app,

iPhone users get fewer features due to Apple’s platform restrictions. The “Continue on PC” feature is available for both iPhone and Android users to use a smartphone’s share sheet to send a link viewed on a phone to a PC, to quickly go from the small screen to the big screen. This feature existed on Windows 10, and the Your Phone app makes these easier to discover and set up.

The Start menu’s search feature, also known as the Cortana search feature, now has search previews. When you start typing to search for something, Windows will show you a preview pane with more information about your result.
If the Start menu decides a web search is the best result for your search, hen you’ll see the Bing search results in the Start menu. When you search for an application, you’ll see options like “Pin to Start” for that application, and a document preview when Windows decides a particular document on your PC is the best result. When you search for an application, you’ll see a “Go To Download” button in the search preview pane that will take you straight to its download page.
Along with this change, it’s no longer possible to disable web search in the Start menu via Group Policy.

(i’m probably going to hate that change!, I don’t appreciate Windows and Office trying to second guess what I want to do, but i am sure many will see the benefits of this feature.)

There are also a lot ot tweaks to Edge i don;t have time to cover.
Many other geeky changes for example

• Bluetooth Battery Levels in Settings: see Bluetooth battery percentages on the Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & Other Devices screen. This works with devices that support this feature—like Microsoft’s Surface Pen. You will see a notification when one of these devices is low on battery power.
• Privacy Notifications: If your privacy settings block access to your microphone in an app, you’ll see a pop-up notification informing you the first time an app is stopped from accessing your microphone.
• Focus Assist Improvements: Focus Assist now turns on automatically to reduce your interruptions when you’re playing any full-screen game. Previously, this feature only supported full-screen DirectX games.
• Adjust Video Based on Lighting: There’s a new “Adjust video based on lighting” option under Apps > Video Playback. When enabled, Windows 10 uses your device’s brightness sensor to automatically adjust video playback to make it more visible based on the lighting around you. For example, it may make dark scenes brighter if you’re watching in a very bright room.

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