The best new features in Windows 10 October 2018 update

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For its part, Microsoft recommended that affected users hang fire on manually upgrading Windows 10 until the new drivers make an appearance in the update unless customers are happy to get Intel's latest and greatest on their systems by themselves.

Yesterday, Microsoft pulled a fast one and announced the Windows 10 October 2018 Update along with its Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, and Surface Studio 2 machines.

While we've yet to hear more specifics, Microsoft kicked off its keynote by emphasizing that it wants its software to help users get more organized, allow them to stay more present in their real lives, and enjoy more seamless connectivity between their Android and iOS devices and PCs. There's an updated screen snipping tool based on the already built-in Win+Shift+S command from Windows 10, but you can customize where the clips go and what you do with them. You'll get Windows S (S-T Mode) after 2020 if you do not pay your monthly subscription fees for you Desktop on Redmond's Cloud service model that will become your only choice after 2020-2023. You'll also be able to send SMS texts and group messages while typing on a keyboard using Your Phone, as you can now receive texts on your device and on the PC as well.

Did you know that there are multiple ways to download and install feature updates for Windows 10?




Now if you'll excuse me, I've going to spend the next couple of hours starting at lots of little dots going round in circles.

Microsoft has said that it'll start the automatic update process on October 9. It says that this will mean that your PC will prompt you to complete the update that it downloads in the coming weeks. Each game will use ray tracing differently, with Tomb Raider adding more realistic shadows, Battlefield 5 deploying ray traced reflections, and Metro Exodus using ray tracing for improved ambient occlusion and global illumination to create more natural lighting.

For those who'd rather not be automatically bumped up to the latest Windows 10, ZDNet's Ed Bott has instructions here for taking control of the update.

All in all, it's a reflection of Microsoft's recognition that, without a viable phone platform of its own, it needs to integrate tightly with the iPhones and Androids of today to stay relevant. The first thing that users are likely to notice is support for a dark theme to use with File Explorer.

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