Windows 10 UPDATE – here’s everything Microsoft is changing about your PC next month

MICROSOFT has announced that its next Windows 10 update will arrive next month bearing goodies that will overhaul your PC.

Referred to internally as version 1809 and Redstone 5, the public will know it simply as Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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Microsoft released its latest £379 Surface Go tablet last month

A preview version, complete with possible bugs and other issues, is already available to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring (those who’ve signed up to test the betas early).

The update will then make it to the public in the first half of October.

Here are all the major changes the upgrade has in store for your machine:

Cloud-powered clipboard

You’ll soon be able to access your clipboard history across PCs by pressing “Windows+V”, with Microsoft promising future cloud clipboard support for its SwiftKey keyboard – allowing you to sync your history on iPhone, Android and iPad.

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You can now monitor how power a PC game is hogging via the Game Bar

Predicting when to restart your machine using AI

Microsoft is using machine learning to gauge when to restart your PC to install a Windows 10 update.

The AI will essentially try to predict when you’re away from your computer (grabbing a coffee or sleeping, for instance) and reboot at that optimum time.

Dark mode for File explorer

Dark themes are all the rage on social networking apps and Windows 10 is jumping on the bandwagon with its own mode for File Explorer that will be switched on by default.

The feature basically changes the File Explorer window from white to black to make it easier on your eyes during those late-night sessions.

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The Your Phone app sticks all of Windows’ phone-syncing features in one convenient place

Search previews in the Start Menu

Typing something in the Start menu now brings up a preview, which is probably best for checking out web links (pulled from Microsoft’s Bing search engine, obviously).

But it will also show you document previews and give you options like “Pin to Start” for an application.

Windows 10 will also let you annotate screenshots

“Your Phone” app for iPhone and Android users

This new app lets Android users access their photos on their PC, with future updates to include syncing for messages and notifications.

iPhone users, on the other hand, only get to send links across devices so you can continue viewing something from your handset on your PC (also available for Android).

These features were already available, but the Your Phone app just puts them all in one neat location.

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Windows 10 dark theme for File Explorer

Support for SwiftKey keyboard

Microsoft snapped up SwiftKey in 2016 and now the keyboard app is coming to Windows 10.

It will power the built-in touch keyboard for the following languages:  English (United States), English (United Kingdom), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Spanish (Spain), Portuguese (Brazil), and Russian.

The best thing about it is the swipe-to-type support that lets you type by swiping your finger from one letter to another rather than tapping each individual one.

Plus it boasts accurate auto-corrections and predictive input by “learning your writing style”.

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Now you can preview web links and more on the Start menu

Game Bar performance visualisation

The Game Bar will show PC players a game’s frames per second, CPU usage, GPU VRAM usage, and system usage over time.

Then you can hit the new “dedicated resources” toggle inside it to enable a new Game Mode that improves performance on your PC.

You can also access the Game Bar by pressing “Windows+G” anywhere or via the new Start menu shortcut.

“I’m pleased to announce that our next feature update to Windows will be called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update,” said Microsoft CVP Roanne Sones in a blog post.

“With this update, we’ll be bringing new features and enhancements to the nearly 700 million devices running Windows 10 that help people make the most of their time. We’ll share more details about the update over the coming weeks.”

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