Microsoft Windows 10 Redstone 4 Spring update in April 2018
In April 2018, Microsoft plans to release the Spring Creators update, previously called Redstone 4 version. Microsoft has confirmed this on their website. Microsoft names April 2018 as the release date of Redstone 4, and confirms that the update appears under the version number 1803. Microsoft strives to make the upgrade as user-friendly as possible. Therefore, the new Windows 10 relies on optimized installation routines, which should reduce the average downtime of the PC during the upgrade by 63 percent. With build 17123 the manufacturer additionally extends the photo functionality of Windows 10.
Twice a year Microsoft releases so-called Feature Updates for Windows 10. These bring new features, but require a complete reinstallation of the operating system. Microsoft has meanwhile automated the upgrade process, so users hardly notice it. But during numerous restarts, the PC is unusable for 82 minutes on average. That should change according to Microsoft, however. Accordingly, the manufacturer wants to reduce the average offline time to 30 minutes.
Windows should no longer perform the reinstallation exclusively during the restart of the PC. Instead, Windows should finish as many steps as possible in the background before the restart. Examples include migration of user data. But also the installation of the new Windows version in a temporary directory will be possible. When restarting Windows then takes over the critical steps such as driver installation and arming the operating system. Some of these mechanisms are already in the autumn update of Windows 10. This has already pushed the average offline time according to Microsoft for 31 minutes. With the April 2018 expected update, the group wants to unlock the remaining techniques and shorten the process another 21 minutes.
Important new features:
- Timeline function: After clicking the new task view button in the task bar or the key combination Windows and Tab, a chronological overview of visited web pages, used apps or open documents of the last 30 days appears.
- Microsoft Edge: The eBook and PDF reader integrated in the Edge browser is being upgraded. There is also a revised design. The update introduces the Web Media Extensions package. It enables native playback of the popular Ogg Vorbis and Theora open source formats in the browser and in Windows 10. Furthermore, the browser can now fill in forms automatically.
- Windows Update: The automatic update now blocks the PC from going to sleep mode if Windows searches for updates in the background. Whether an update for the PC is ready, you can tell by the update logo with a red exclamation mark in the taskbar.
- Cortana: Cortana, the digital assistant, draws attention to activities and offers to carry on from where you last stopped. The notebook of the language assistant has a new look including a new menu structure.
- Mixed Reality: Redstone 4 delivers some new features for Mixed Reality. Skyloft is a completely new virtual environment to enter the VR world. In addition the user can select whether he wants to start his VR experience with the well-known Cliff House or Skyloft, the new Penthouse view.
- Emojis: Windows 10 now comes with its own emoji keyboard with emoji search.
- Bluetooth Sharing: Now files and links can be easily exchanged between two or more Windows PCs via Bluetooth via a new sharing option.
- Airdrop function: If the new sharing function is active, Airdrop works nearly as it does on Apple devices.
- Contact bar: Now you can attach a maximum of ten contacts to the taskbar.