Windows 10’s Redstone 5 (version 1809) will be the sixth major release of the operating system set to deliver new features and enhancements. It’s also the second update part of the semi-annual release, and even though, we’re still a long way from the final release, Microsoft has already started working in the next version of Windows 10.
Microsoft kicked off the Redstone 5 (RS5) development with Windows 10 build 17604 in the Skip Ahead lane, and the company is expected to start rolling out Windows 10 version 1809 some time in October 2018 following the semi-annual schedule. Also, it’s likely that the official name for this release will be Windows 10 October 2018 Update, according to a new reference found in the latest preview.
In this guide, we’ll dive deep into the new features and changes Microsoft is working for version 1809 as they become available through the Windows Insider Program. You can also follow the Redstone 5 development here, and you can also check all the changes for version 1803 in this guide.
- What’s new on desktop experience
- What’s new on Settings experience
- What’s new on input experience
- What’s new on system experience
- What’s new on Microsoft Edge
- What’s new on Windows Security
- What’s new on built-in apps
What’s new on desktop experience
You can also check out this walkthrough video with all the changes included in the most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview builds.
In this new feature update, it’s now possible to enable or disable hiding scrollbars on the Start menu using the Ease of Access settings, and you can now name your tile folders in the Start menu.
Previews in search you get in the Start menu only included previews for search results, but now, the experience is expanding to apps, documents, and more. According to Microsoft, the new search preview will help you to get back to recent documents, quickly start new tasks, disambiguate between files by seeing more info, and access quick answers from the web.
The updated search experience now also has a wider interface allowing you to access information and actions a lot faster.
In addition, Microsoft is tweaking the web previews so that if you’re search for third-party application, you’ll now get a button to download the app from the official download page.
Selecting and right-clicking the search box now opens a new context menu using fluent design with options to cut, paste, copy, undo, and select all text.
Also, new keywords have been added to make it easier to find settings.
The Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut now shows Microsoft Edge tabs in addition to apps. If you prefer the Alt + Tab shortcut to switch between apps only, then you can always go back to the old way enabling the “Pressing Alt + Tab shows the recently used” option in the Multitasking settings.
In Action Center, notifications appear with a fade in animation when opening the experience, and the notification to fix blurry apps now appears on Action Center once the toast has timed out and dismissed. Also, you’ll now see notifications for supported Bluetooth devices running low in battery, and when Windows 10 blocks an app from accessing your microphone.
In this new version, Windows 10 introduces a new dark theme for File Explorer and context menu that you can enable using the “Colors” page in the Personalization section of the Settings app.
Alongside the ability to open PowerShell, the File Explorer context menu now also adds the “Open Linux Shell here” option. In addition, the sorting by size filters have been updated. When you upgrade to this version, you’ll find Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, Huge and Gigantic are now defined as 0 – 10KB, 16KB – 1MB, 1 MB to 128 MB, 128 MB – 1 GB, 1 GB – 4 GB, and > 4 GB, respectively.
In addition, on the Share tab in File Explorer, the Remove access and Advanced security icons have been updated to be more modern
Sets is a new feature that lets group related content (relevant web pages, research documents, necessary files, and applications) into tabs, just like tabs in a web browser.
The new feature works on Microsoft Store apps, such as Mail and Calendar, OneNote, and Microsoft Edge, and classic most desktop apps, including File Explorer, Notepad, Command Prompt, and PowerShell that use a default and non-customized title bar. Also, you can now use Sets with Office desktop apps.
If you know how to use tabs on a web browser, then you already know how to use Sets on Windows 10. If the feature is enabled, you’ll notice a tab experience similar to Microsoft Edge in the top-right size of a window, which includes a “Previous tabs” button that allows you to restore projects that you were working in the past. You’ll see a close button, and a button to create a new tab that will take you to the default page.
In the new tab page, you can use the unified search box to launch apps, documents, and web searches which will open in the new tab. The destination list shows your frequent apps at making it more obvious that you can use this page to launch any application. In addition, the new tab page displays the all apps list so you can quickly start any app, instead of having to open the Start menu.
Also, you can drag an app tab around within the Set or combine tabbed app windows into Sets too. And right-clicking a tab, you’ll find additional options, including “close other tabs”, “move to new window”, and “close tabs to the right”.
It’s now possible to use Alt + Tab keyboard shortcut to circle between open tabs. (If you have multiple Microsoft Edge windows in a Set, only the one most recently accessed will be visible in Alt + Tab.)
Using Sets you can restore previous tabs from any type of activity, and when restoring your projects, you’ll be prompted to restore related apps and web pages. If you’re opening a document that previously had tabs, a prompt will appear offering to restore those tabs, and the Previous tabs button will be in the filled state. If it’s not a document, a prompt will not show automatically, but you’ll know that there are tabs available to restore because the Previous Tabs button will be in the filled state.
Windows 10 version 1809 is also adjusting Timeline to show sets of tabs as activities. Also, each activity will display the number of tabs with it, and you can even cycle through tabs for a particular Sets activity.
As part of the new Set improvements, File Explorer is also getting several tweaks, including a new “Open new tab” option in the file menu, and it’s no longer necessary to hold the Ctrl key on the new tab page to launch a File Explorer window in a tab. In addition, Sets uses the Acrylic element, part of Fluent Design, in the title bar, and the window border are now grey.
In the Multitasking settings page, you’ll also find a few other options you can configure. For example, you can decide whether apps and websites should open in a new window or a new tab.
If you choose “Window,” new windows won’t open into a new tab unless you explicitly click the plus (+) button or drag with your mouse. Choosing “Tab” opens any new windows invoked from your running apps into tabs.
When opening websites, just like in Microsoft Edge, you can click the audio button to mute the tab making sound.
In addition, sets of tabs will open in the background and use no resources until you go to the tab, which translate in better performance restoring a bunch of tabs.
Starting with this Redstone 5 update, when running
start cmd from a Command Prompt window, a new tab will open. This will also work for other start launches, like
If you want to start something in a new window you can use the new
/newwindow flag. For instance,
start /newwindow notepad.
Here are a few keyboard shortcuts you can try out:
- Ctrl + Windows key + Tab — switches to next tab.
- Ctrl + Windows key + Shift + Tab — switches to previous tab.
- Ctrl + Windows key + T — Opens a new tab.
- Ctrl + Windows key + W — Closes current tab.
- Alt + Tab — Circles between open tabs.
- Ctrl + T — Opens a new tab a new File Explorer window.
- Ctrl + N — Opens a new tab a new File Explorer window.
- Ctrl + W — Closes window or tab.
On Windows 10 version 1809, you’re getting a new clipboard experience that leverages the cloud to copy and paste things across devices.
The experience works just like before, using the Ctrl + C to copy and Ctrl + V to paste. However, now there is a new experience that you can open using the Windows key + V keyboard shortcut that allows you to see your clipboard history. In addition, the experience includes a button to clear all your history, or enable the feature if it’s currently disabled.
Using the new experience, you can also paste anything that is listed in the history, and you can pin items for things you paste all the time.
The history roams using the same technology for Timeline, which means you can access your clipboard across any Windows 10 device.
The new clipboard also brings a new settings page in the System section that allows you to customize many aspects of the experience.
Project to this PC
Starting with version 1809, in order to help you know when you’re wirelessly projecting, and quickly disconnect and reconnect, Windows 10 will show a new control banner at the top of the screen when you’re using the Project to this PC feature.
The banner will keep you inform about the state of your connection, allow you to quick disconnect or reconnect, and tune the connection.
Clicking the gear button allows you to optimize the screen latency depending on mode you’re using:
- Game mode — minimizes the screen to screen latency to make gaming over a wireless connection possible.
- Video mode — increases the screen to screen latency to ensure the video on the big screen plays back smoothly and without glitching.
- Productivity modes — strikes a good balance between game mode and video mode where the screen to screen latency is responsive enough that typing feels natural, while ensuring videos don’t glitch frequently.
Game bar and Game mode
On the gaming side, Windows 10 Redstone 5 is introducing a brand-new Game bar experience and Game Mode improvements.
Starting with version 1809, the new Game bar introduces a new design with a larger interface that now also includes audio controls to change your default audio output device and mute or adjust the volume of games and apps.
It’s now possible to see games framerate, processor usage, graphics VRAM and system RAM usage. You can even pop a new small widget to keep the performance information always visible on the screen without interrupting the game you’re playing.
In addition, you can now open the Game bar from the Start menu or using the Windows + G keyboard shortcut.
As for Game Mode, Windows 10 is now introducing new options that are expected to improve the gaming experience on desktop PCs. Gamers on computers with many background processes may also see performance improvements when they toggle “Dedicate resources” in Game bar.
What’s new on Settings experience
Windows 10 version 1809 (Redstone 5) is also improving the Settings app with new features and changes, including the “Have a question” section in the right pane which now surfaces most common questions about the settings available in the page you’re located using Bing.
In the Display settings there’s a new Windows HD Color page for devices that can show high dynamic range (HDR) content, including photos, videos, games, and apps.
In addition, the page reports your system’s HD Color capabilities and allows HD Color features to be configured on supported systems. Also, there’s an option to adjust the brightness level for standard dynamic range (SDR) content.
The Sound settings page has been updated to include Device properties. Just click on the links in the “Sound” settings, and you’ll find a new page where you can name your device and select your preferred spatial audio format, including an option to disable your speakers (or microphone if you’re in the input properties page).
In the case that your device support DTS:X sound, you’ll also find this option in the “Spatial Audio” section.
Using the “Sound” settings, you can also click the Manage sound devices link to access a new page, which allows you to test and disable your speakers or microphone.
Focus assist will now turn on automatically when you’re playing any full screen game. This behavior should be enabled automatically, but you can always check on Settings > System > Focus assist and ensuring the “When I’m playing a game” option automatic rule is enabled.
In the “Storage” section, the Storage page has been updated, and now, under the Run Storage sense drop-down menu includes a During low free disk space option, instead of When Windows device option.
Also, you’ll notice a new Locally available cloud content option that makes your unused OneDrive content available only online to free up space on your device. Using this feature, you’ll still be able to see all your content, but you’ll need an internet connection to open files.
If you have selected the “Always keep on this device” option, those files will remain on your computer regardless.
In the “System” section, the Multitasking page is updating the “Sets” settings page, and you can decide if apps and websites should open automatically on a new tab or window. You can specify the action using the Alt + Tab shortcut, and it’s also possible to add apps to list that you don’t want to use tabs.
In the System section, you’ll notice a new Clipboard page that houses all the settings to customize the new clipboard experience.
Using this page, you can enable or disable the cloud-powered clipboard (Windows key + V), but you’ll continue to have a clipboard functionality just like before. You can enable or disable the ability to sync your clipboard content to the cloud to be available across devices.
If sync is enabled, you can also decide how content should sync (automatically or manually).
Also, at any time, you can click the Clear button to delete your clipboard history on your device and on the Microsoft servers. Just keep in mind that pinned items will not be deleted.
Bluetooth & other devices
In the “Devices” section, Bluetooth & other devices page now displays the battery level for supported Bluetooth devices.
In the “Devices” section, the Typing page is getting a new Typing insights feature, under the “How AI has helped you” section, which uses Microsoft Artificial Intelligence to provide typing information to help you write more efficiently.
The page will show you stats when Windows 10 auto corrected your spelling mistakes, prediction of the next word you would type, word suggestions as you start type that way you don’t have to write the full word.
You can always turn off the Typing insights toggle switch to disable the feature.
In the “Typing” page, you’ll also find a new Suggestions and autocorrections link, which access a new page that allows you to manage the SwiftKey suggestions and autocorrections features for touch and hardware keyboard.
The Data Usage page is getting updated to include data usage stats for mobile data using a SIM card while roaming.
The roaming usage info will appear once you start using roaming data. If you’d like to enable or disable roaming altogether, you can find the option under Cellular Settings.
Apps & features
In the Apps & features page, Windows 10 isn’t adding new settings, but the new default option to install apps on Windows 10 is now set to Turn off app recommendations, rather than Allow apps from anywhere — option that’s no longer available –, and you’ll find an new Show me app recommendations option as well.
The Manage optional features section, inside the “Apps & features” settings page, it’s now possible to install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) once, and later on, Windows 10 will add them automatically after an upgrade.
Also, Windows 10 is making the WebDriver tools a feature on-demand to make it easier for developers to automate testing in Microsoft Edge.
The Video playback page is gaining a new Adjust video based on lighting setting, which is a new option meant improve video visibility in very bright environments.
Family & other users
In the Family & other users page, the Settings app is making it easier to set up devices as kiosk or digital sign devices.
The new page provides a wizard that walks you through the kiosk setup flow including creating a kiosk account that will automatically sign in on device start.
Additionally, Microsoft Edge now works with assigned access which allows administrators to create a tailored browsing experience designed for kiosk devices. Supported kiosk mode include digital and interactive signage, two public browsing modes, and normal mode.
Starting with the Redstone 5 update, the Settings is splitting “Region & Language” pages, and now you have one page for Region and another one for Language.
In the new Region page, in addition to previously available settings, you can now override default regional settings such as Calendar, First day of the week, dates, times, and currency.
The main page shows you the current configurations, and to adjust the settings, you need to access the Change data formats page.
In the new Language page, you’ll find all the same settings as before, but now there’s a link to access the Local Experience Packs from the Microsoft Store.
In the “Gaming” section, you won’t find a lot of visual changes, but the Game DVR now has been renamed to Captures.
Talk to Cortana
In the Talk to Cortana page, you can now change the name that Cortana uses to call you. This option was previouly available in the Cortana experience settings.
Permissions & History
In the Permissions & History page located in Cortana & Search, under the History section, you’ll find a new Activity recommendations option, which allows you to enable or disable recommendations to pick up activities where you left off when switching devices.
The Magnifier page now includes the ability to keep your mouse centered on the screen in Full-Screen mode using the “Key your mouse cursor” drop-down menu, and you now have more control over zoom level increments with addition of 5% and 10% to list.
The Display page for Ease of Access is also getting updated with a new section called Make everything bigger, which now includes the controls to increase text size across the system including Microsoft Store apps and classic (win32) applications.
On Narrator, Windows 10 version 1809 is adding a bunch of improvements, including a new keyboard layout that is designed to be more familiar to screen reader users.
Narrator will now automatically read the contents of a dialog box when brought to the foreground. For example, if you try to close a document in Word with unsaved changes, Narrator will speak the title “Microsoft Word,” the focus “Save button” and the static text within the dialog.
You now have the ability to search for text using the Narrator new Find feature. If the text is found Narrator will move to the found item.
In addition, Narrator now can present a list of links, headings, or landmarks present in the application or content. (You are also able to filter the results by typing in the list or the text field of the window.)
Along with being able to select content when using scan mode with the Shift-selection commands in Microsoft Edge, Word, Outlook, Mail and most text surfaces, it’s now possible to select a block of data by first moving to one end of the block and pressing F9, moving to the other end of the block and pressing F10. Once F10 is pressed the entire contents between the two points will be selected.
While in scan mode, you can now press the Up and Down arrow keys to read different parts of the page. Starting with this new version, the press of a Down arrow in Scan Mode will stop on interactive elements to make them easier to use. For example, if you are reading a paragraph with multiple links, Narrator will stop on these links when you press the Down arrow.
Other changes for scan mode include, the keystroke to move to beginning of text has changed to Narrator + B (was Narrator + Control + B), move to end of text has changed to Narrator + E (was Narrator + Control + E).
The keystroke to provide feedback has changed as well, and now the new keystroke is Narrator + Alt + F. This will work both in the Standard and Legacy layouts.
When changing view to either characters, words, lines or paragraphs the Read Current Item command will read the text of that specific view type more reliably.
Also, in the Narrator settings page, you’ll find a new Choose keyboard settings section, which allows you to select keyboard layout, Narrator modifier key, and options to lock the Narrator key to prevent having to press the key again for every command, and option to active keys when lifting your finger when using the touch keyboard.
The Redstone 5 update is adding a new QuickStart experience with basic tutorials to get start with Narrator.
This update also includes an updated Ease of Access flyout in the sign-in screen to make it easier to enable and disable Narrator.
Starting with the Redstone 5 update, the Speech, Inking, & Typing page is splitting into two pages, including Speech and Inking & typing personalization.
While in the Speech page, you won’t find new features, but this is now the place to turn Online speech recognition on or off.
Inking & typing personalization
The Inking & typing personalization is a new page in the Settings app, but it doesn’t introduces new features. Just like before you can enable or disable the ability for Windows 10 to collect your typing history and handwriting patterns to create a local dictionary to make suggestions better.
Perhaps one of the most frustrating aspects about Windows 10 is trying to install updates while you’re working on your computer. Starting with version 1809, if you have an update pending, Windows 10 will use an updated “reboot logic” to be more “adaptive and proactive.” Using cloud machine learning, Microsoft has trained a “predictive model” to accurately predict when is the right time to restart the device.
Although the Delivery Optimization page isn’t new to Settings app, it’s now being relocated, and you’ll now find this page in the “Update & Security” section, under “Windows Update.”
In the Troubleshoot page, you’ll find a new option called “Recommended troubleshooting,” which allows Windows 10 to detect and fix common problems automatically, removing the need for you to manually run a troubleshooter to resolve an issue.
What’s new on input experience
Windows 10 version 1809 also includes Unicode 11 which comes with 157 new emojis, including superheroes, redheads, a softball, a pirate flag and a llama.
In addition, emojis now available in more than 150 locales, including English (Great Britain), French (France), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), and more.
Starting with Redstone 5 update, Microsoft is bringing its SwiftKey intelligence available on Android and iOS to the Windows 10 touch keyboard experience. Using SwiftKey will give you more accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your writing style.
SwiftKey is currently available in English (United States), English (United Kingdom), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Spanish (Spain), Portuguese (Brazil), or Russian.
In addition, when using the touch keyboard, you’ll find that the clipboard button is now always visible in the candidate pane. Tapping it will bring up your clipboard history for you to browse and paste from.
If you write in Chinese (Simplified), the Microsoft Pinyin IME is getting updated focusing on addressing performance, reliability and compatibility feedback. You’ll also find a new logo, IME toolbar, dark theme support, context menu, and the IME now uses the same UX for Expressive Input as other languages.
In the past, you needed an administrator account to install fonts for all users. Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, you can install fonts for an specific user account from the Microsoft Store.
Also, the ability to add new fonts has been extended to font files that you may have obtained from other sources. When you right-click the file, you’ll now see two options:
- Install — adds the new font to current user account.
- Install for all users — requires administrator permission to install a font for all users.
If you’re previewing a font file, you’ll now be able to click the Install button without the need of elevated privileges.
What’s new on system experience
On Windows 10 version 1809, you’re also getting a safer remove experience for external GPUs connected via Thunderbolt 3. The new experience allows you to know which apps are currently running on the external graphics processor to safely close them to prevent data loss as you disconnect the device.
Just like in version 1803, Task Manager now shows an icon when a process is suspended in the Status column of the “Processes” tab. In addition, when you hover over the leaf icon, you will now see a tooltip describing what it means.
Windows 10 is making a small change on how memory used by suspended Universal Windows Platform apps and processes appears in Task Manager. As a result, moving forward, the main memory column “Processes” tab no longer includes memory used by suspend Universal Windows Platform apps processes.
Task Manager now includes two new columns in the “Processes” tab to show energy impact of the running process on their system. This should help to understand which apps and services are using the maximum power versus the least power-hungry apps. The metric takes processor, graphics, and drive into evaluation when calculating power usage.
- Power usage — This column will provide an instantaneous view of apps and services using power.
- Power usage trend — This column provides a power usage trend over two minutes for each running apps and services. This column will be blank when you start an app but will populate based on the power usage every two minutes.
The inbox text controls are now taking advantage of the new CommandBarFlyout control, which allows additional improvements, including:
- The ability to quickly cut, copy, and paste in textboxes with touch.
- New icons for common actions.
- The ability to bold, italicize, and more.
- New animations, acrylic effect part of Fluent Design, and depth support.
On mobile broadband, the MBB USB NetAdapter driver becomes the default driver. And as part of the Kernel Debugging improvements, Rendstone 5 now adds IPV6 support for KDNET.
Starting with the Redstone 5 update, older installations of Windows 10 will get a post-upgrade out-of-box experience to finish setting app new features that we’re not available the first time your setup the operating system.
The experience allows you to configure new features, such as Windows Hello, Office, OneDrive, Timeline, and link your phone to your PC. Of course, you can always click the Skip for now button to go straight to the desktop.
Control Panel no longer includes the settings to adjust brightness, but these settings can already be configured in the Settings app that will eventually replace Control Panel.
Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
If you’re running Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, you’ll find a new “Ultimate Performance” power plan scheme available through control panel, but it’s not available on battery powered devices.
Also, Microsoft is making some changes, and now default setup includes productivity and enterprise focused apps instead of consumer apps and games.
Windows 10 version 1809 introduces a new Mobile Broadband (MBB) USB class driver for devices that support SIM cards and USB modems. The driver is based on the new Net Adapter framework stack already available on Windows 10, which supposed to be a more reliable network driver model that includes best parts of the of driver framework “while bringing an accelerated data path.”
High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF)
Windows 10 introduced support for the High Efficiency Image File Format with the April 2018 Update. On Windows 10 version 1809 (Redstone 5), you can now rotate HEIF-format images in File Explorer, and edit metadata, such as “Date taken”.
In order to rotate a HEIF image file, simply right-click on it in File Explorer, and select “Rotate right” or “Rotate left” from the menu. “Date taken” and other properties can be edited by clicking on “Properties” and selecting the “Details” tab.
Windows Mixed Reality
The Windows Mixed Reality experience is also getting improvements. For example, you can now stream audio to both the headset and the computer speakers simultaneously.
If you want to give this feature a try, make sure that you can hear sound from your normal device speakers when not running the Mixed Reality Portal and from the headset audio jack or built-in headphones when mixed reality is running. Finally, close all running applications, including the portal, and go to Settings > Mixed reality > Audio and speech to turn on When Mixed Reality Portal is running, mirror headset audio to desktop.
In the Windows Mixed Reality experience, when using an immersive application pressing the Windows key or using the bloom gestures, Quick Actions allow users to easily Go Home, view the time, or launch Mixed Reality Capture tools (Photo, Video, and more).
Also, you will find a new Flashlight feature, which adds the ability to peer into the physical world without the need to remove your headset and prevent fumbles.
Diagnostic Data Viewer
Also, Windows 10 introduces new improvements to its Diagnostic Data Viewer app, including the ability to directly view Problem Reports that have or will be sent to Microsoft with specific details about each report collected, such as when it was sent and what app or component caused the report to be created.
In addition, the app is getting some interface changes, such as a filter to view data points by category is now directly to the right of the search bar, and the export data feature now exists at the top right of the tool.
As part of the Fluent Design gradual rollout, Windows 10 introduces depth in the form of shadows to many of the default modern pop-up type controls.
In the October 2018 Update, the embedded handwriting will now be the default experience for text entry with a pen in modern applications. Just tap a text area, like a search box, and it will expand to give you a comfortable area in which to write.
The Registry editor is getting updated as well with a new dropdown that appears as you type to help complete the next part of the path.
In addition, you can press Ctrl + Backspace keyboard shortcut to delete the last “word,” which makes backing up work that much faster (Ctrl + Delete will delete the next word).
Starting with this new feature update, Windows 10 includes support for Leap Second, which allows occasional one-second adjustments in a traceable and UTC-compliant manner.
The operating system now also includes a new time protocol that delivers more accurate time samples to the endpoint to display time more accurately. In addition, you can now further improve your network time accuracy by eliminating the software delay introduced by the Windows networking stack.
What’s new on Microsoft Edge
Windows 10 version 1809 introduces a number of improvements for Microsoft Edge. For example, there’s an updated main menu (three-dot) that uses Acrylic effect and organizes items into groups, and now each item is identified by an icon, and you’ll now see the keyboard shortcut (when applicable). The “New tab,” ‘Reading list”, “Books,” “History” and “Downloads” are new items on the list, and commands like “New tab” and “New window” are now front and center. In addition, it’s now possible to customize which icons appear in the Microsoft Edge toolbar.
The main settings page is also getting redesigned with a new experience identical to Hub with a wider canvas, and settings divided into four groups, including “General,” “Privacy & security,” “Password & autofill,” and “Advanced”.
In this new version, you can now decide whether web videos should play automatically on Advanced Settings > Media autoplay. Using this new feature, you can select the behavior according to your preferences:
- Allow — is the default option and will continue to play videos when a tab is first viewed in the foreground.
- Limit — will restrict autoplay to only work when videos are muted. Once you click anywhere on the page, autoplay is re-enabled, and will continue to be allowed within that domain in that tab.
- Block — will prevent autoplay on all sites until you interact with the media content. (Note that this may break some sites.)
Also, you can control autoplay permissions on a per-site basis under the “Website permission” section of the Website Identification pane.
You can now see your top sites in the “Jump List” when you right-click the Microsoft Edge icon on the taskbar or Start Menu.
On tabs you’ve have set aside is now easier to organize the groups of tabs. When setting tabs aside, you can now click and rename the group of tabs.
In the Hub experience, the “Downloads” section, you can right-click a download to access the context menu with options for “Show in folder” and “Copy link”.
Additionally, if you pressing F1, it’ll now take you to the browser support page, rather than Microsoft Edge tips. If a tab in Microsoft Edge is playing audio, the volume icon in the tab will now light up when you hover your mouse over it. Also, when opening local files like PDFs with the browser, files will now appear in the History section.
On Microsoft Edge, the Microsoft WebDriver has been added as Feature on Demand (FoD) to make it easier to get the right version for your PC. You can install WebDriver by turning on Developer Mode, or by going to Settings > Apps > Apps & features > Manage optional features and installing it standalone.
This should address one of the biggest pain points we see from customers around binary mismatches, as FoD’s match the build/branch/flavor automatically. Also, Microsoft WebDriver now gets installed to
C:\Windows\System32\ and will automatically be on the PATH for the machine once installed. The company is now shipping 64-bit Microsoft WebDriver to x64 machines.
Starting with this new version of Windows 10, you can now refresh the Books pane using the pull gesture. When printing PDF files, you’ll find a new option to choose the scale of your print out (Actual size or Fit to page). And when pinning books to the Start menu, you’ll now see a live tile that cycles between the book cover and your current progress.
Even further, Microsoft Edge is also incorporating support for Web Authentication, which provides an open, scalable, and interoperable solution to facilitate authentication, which replaces passwords with stronger hardware-bound credentials.
Using this new implementation lets users to use Windows Hello (such as aPIN or biometrics) and external authenticators like FIDO2 Security Keys or FIDO U2F Security Keys, to securely authenticate to websites.
Finally, there’s a new icon for PDFs in File Explorer when Microsoft Edge is the default application to open PDF files, and the browser includes an update so that even if a tab is not actively playing audio you will now be able to preemptively mute it from the context menu when right-clicking the tab.
When viewing an website using Reading View, you can now choose from a variety of new page themes.
In order to make it easier to identify the parts of speech, you can now change the color in which the Parts of speech should be highlighted as well as turn on an indicator right over it.
Also, the new line focus option helps you to improve focus while reading an article by highlighting sets of one, three, or five lines.
When reading PDF documents, the toolbar can now be invoked by just hovering at the top to make the tools easily accessible to the user. Also, you’ll now see the text descriptions for the icons to make them easily understandable, and the toolbar now includes options to add notes and pin the toolbar at the top of the document.
While using Reading View, PDF reader, or Books, you’ll now find a new dictionary function to look up definitions for key words when reading. Simply select a single word to see the definition appear above your selection.
You can choose to read the word aloud to hear the pronunciation or expand to see the definition. And you can enable or disable, or decide in which types of content definitions should appear under the “General” tab of the Microsoft Edge settings.
There’s a new consent menu box for saving autofill data. You’ll see this new notification design when the browser seeks your permission to save password and card details.
When you right-click a book in the Microsoft Edge Books pane, you’ll now see an option to share the book, PDF activities will now be listed in Timeline, and Microsoft Edge no longer supports XSS filter.
Also, the default web browser is getting a few new policies for administrators, including policies to control full-screen mode, printing, favorites bar, and saving history. In addition, you’ll find new Group Policies and MDM settings to prevent certificate error overrides, configure the Home button and startup options, set the New Tab page and Home button URL, and managing extensions.
What’s new on Windows Security
Starting with Windows 10 version 1809, the Windows Defender Security Center app get renamed to Windows Security.
Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) for Microsoft Edge delivers performance improvements to make the experience feel lighter and load faster.
It’s also possible to download files from a WDAG session, but this option must be enable manually, and it’s only available for users running the Enterprise version of Windows 10.
In this Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Windows Defender Application Guard introduces a new interface within Windows Security to enable and configure the feature without the need to change Registry settings.
If you need enable this feature, you can click the Install Windows Defender Application Guard under Isolated browsing link on Windows Security > App & browser control, under “Isolation browsing.”
Once installed, restart your device, and then select the Change Application Guard settings link to adjust the settings.
The Windows Security experience gets updated with Fluent Design. This means that you’ll notice Acrylic material transparency in the navigation page, Reveal effect hovering items, the app will now use your color accent, and a number of other tweaks.
In addition, it’s now possible to add rules for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) processes using the Windows Defender Firewall. Further, the firewall can even show notifications for WSL processes.
(Removed) Microsoft is also introducing a new feature going the Block suspicious behaviours name in the “Virus & threat protection,” and it’s been designed to stop apps from performing malicious actions that cause your device to get infected.
In the Ransomware protection settings page, you’ll now find the accounts that you may be able to recover data in the event that your device get infected with a Ransomware.
As part of the Controlled folder access feature that prevent ransomware and other types of malware attacks, Windows Security now makes easier to add apps that were recently blocked to keep using the device without turning off the feature completely.
When an app is blocked, it’ll appear in a recently blocked apps list, which you can get from the Virus & threat protection page, clicking Manage settings under the Ransomware protection section, and then Allow an app through Controlled folder access. After the prompt, click the plus button and choose Recently blocked apps. Select any of the apps to add them to the allowed list. You can also browse for an app from this page as well.
In the Device performance & health page, there’s a new assessment for the Windows time service. If Windows 10 detects that the time isn’t syncing correctly on your device, and the time-syncing service is disabled, you’ll now see an option to turn it back on.
Also, there’s a new page called Security providers in the Settings page of the app. Clicking the Manage providers option will allow you to see a list of all the other security providers (including antivirus, firewall, and web protection) that are running on your device.
In this page, you can quickly open the apps, or get more information on how to resolve any issue that they have reported to you through the Windows Security app.
This also means you’ll see more links to other security apps within the Windows Security app. For instance, if you open the Firewall & network protection page, you’ll see the firewall apps that are running on your device under each firewall type (domain, private, and public networks).
What’s new on built-in apps
Windows 10 is introducing a new snipping experience that combines the old snipping tool with Screen Sketch (formerly part of the Windows Ink Workspace) into a single modern experience that uses the app design that we continue to see on Microsoft Store apps.
Using this new experience brings a few additional benefits, including a single experience to take screenshots. The app receives updates via the Microsoft Store. It’ll show up in Task View. You can set the window size to be your preference, and it even supports multiple windows.
Some of the new features includes the ability to quickly snip and share a screenshot using the Windows key + Shift + S, which now brings the snipping toolbar with all the basic tools you need.
If you’re using a tablet with pen support, you get even more features. In the “Pen & Windows Ink” settings page, you’ll find Screen Snipping is now an option for single click. This will launch you directly into our snipping experience.
In the “Keyboard” settings page, you’ll see a new option that says “Use the Print Screen key to launch screen snipping,” enabling this option let bring up the new snipping tool pressing the Print Screen button.
Finally, Action Center gains a new Screen snip button that let you also get a quick access to the new snipping experience.
Windows 10 is also gaining a new app called “Your Phone,” which is new way to connect your iPhone or Android phone to your PC with Windows 10 that enables instant access to text messages, photos, and notifications.
Although features will be slightly different whether you have an iOS or Android device, you’ll be able to receive and send text messages, check all your notifications, and things like drag and drop photos from your phone onto your computer without having to reach for your mobile device.
After many years, Notepad is getting an update to support Unix/Linux line endings (LF) and Macintosh line endings (CR). The find and replace dialog now includes a new option to do wrap-around. Notepad will now remember previously entered values and the state of checkboxes and automatically populate them the next time you open the find dialog.
Additionally, when you have text selected and open the find dialog Notepad now automatically populates the search field with the selected text.
Under the View menu, and new Zoom option has been added to zoom in and out on a text document. The current zoom level is now displayed in the status bar. You can also use Ctrl + Plus, Ctrl + Minus and Ctrl + Mouse Wheel to zoom in and out and use Ctrl + 0 to restore the zoom level to the default.
In addition, Notepad now supports the ability to display line and column numbers when word-wrap is enabled. You can use Ctrl + Backspace to delete the previous word, and arrow keys to unselect text first and then move the cursor.
If you need to research a word in Notepad, you can now select the text, click Edit, and use the new Search with Bing option.
As part of the Redstone 5 development, Windows 10 is also getting a new version of Skype app, and in this new version users are getting some interesting features:
- Improved calling experience — You’ll find several new calling features to make Skype’s calling experience even better than before.
- Flexible group call canvas – Customize your group call experience and decide who appears in the main call canvas. Simply drag and drop people between the call canvas and the overflow ribbon to select who you want to focus on.
- Take snapshots — Use snapshots to capture images of important moments within a call.
- Easily start screen sharing — It’s now easier to share your screen during calls. The option will be available in the top-level call controls.
- New layout — It’s now easier to access and view contacts.
- Customizable themes — Choose a color and theme for your Skype client through your application settings.
Microsoft also notes that there are a number of improvements to media gallery, notifications panel, @mentions experience and more.
Microsoft Font Maker app
The software giant is also introducing a new app called Microsoft Font maker, which allows you to create a custom font based of your own handwriting.
Editor’s note: This guide includes features and improvements that appeared until Windows 10 build 17738. It should be noted that this guide focuses on features for consumers, as Microsoft is also adding other features aimed for enterprises, which aren’t included here. (This guide was originally published on February 2018, and last updated on August 2018.)