After months of testing with the Windows Insider project, the Windows 10 April 2018 update (RedStone 4) was finally released. Similar to the previous functional update, many system core components and applications including Windows Shell, Cortana, Microsoft Edge browser, settings application, etc. have gained many new features and improvements. Let's analyze it for everyone:
Windows Timeline feature:
Each time the feature is updated, Microsoft will release some heavy functions. The most noticeable new feature in the Windows 10 April 2018 update is the Windows Timeline feature. The feature was originally planned to appear in the fall creator update, but was postponed to RedStone 4 due to time constraints and when the feature was still imperfect.
The core of the Windows Timeline feature is Microsoft's Project Rome cross-platform project that restores previous operations and activities on Windows PCs, Android, and iOS devices after users log in to Microsoft accounts.
Users can access the Windows Timeline feature by clicking on the task view button. Users can still enter virtual desktops this way. The content presented by this function depends on the tasks the user previously performed, basically including applications and files that have been used and opened.
Near Share Features:
Assuming you are meeting with your boss, how can you quickly pass on the information and reports that you have on hand to them? The newly introduced Near Share feature allows you to wirelessly share files and URL links to nearby PCs.
First of all, your PC needs to support Bluetooth connection. The entire operation steps are as follows:
1. Make sure your PC activates the Near Share feature (both the recipient and sender's versions of Windows 10 are higher than Build 17035), and users can quickly activate and open them through the Action Center. If you do not see this option in Quick Action, you can select Add/Remove Quick Actions in Settings > Notifications and Actions.
2. Find the Share button in any of your favorite apps ( Photos, Microsoft Edge, or even Explorer).
3. Click on the share button, the user will be able to see nearby devices on the pop-up list, and the user will then select the PC he wants to share.
4. Once the other party agrees to share (the option to accept or reject will appear on the partner's PC Action Center), the user can then wirelessly transmit data.
Progressive Web Apps:
Progressive Web Application Progressive Web App Microsoft defines PWA as a "web application" that can be used like a native app. They are included in an .appx container and support offline and notification push.
PWA can work on many different devices, including cell phones, Xbox One consoles, Windows Mixed Reality (MR) headsets, and more. Microsoft's acronym PWA will be fully functional, and consumers should not observe the difference between it and the native application.
Microsoft Edge Browser Becomes More Modern
When Edge browser was just launched, many consumers thought this was Microsoft's move to catch Chrome and other third-party browsers. In every version of Windows 10, Microsoft has made a lot of improvements to the Edge.
In the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Edge browser introduced many new features, including mute tabs, improved user interface, support for extensions in privacy mode, and more.
In the new version of Windows 10 feature update, the greatest user experience when using Edge is to become more concise after enabling the Fluent Design design language. “Reveal” and "Acrylic” effects can be adjusted with your mouse.
In addition, Microsoft has adjusted the Hub in the Edge browser to make bookmarks, e-books, access history, and reading lists easier to find. Other improvements in the user interface include enhanced dark mode, better contrast, and better protection of your eyes. Finally, the Edge browser also supports extensions in privacy mode.
In addition to the user interface adjustments, Microsoft also made many adjustments and optimizations to the inside of the Edge browser. Edge can read credit cards and user addresses and can automatically populate your online shopping or other tasks. And when you open a new tab, the Favorites bar is automatically displayed.
Full-screen mode improvements (F11) allow you to access the address bar without leaving full-screen mode and lead to other, add sites to favorites, and more. When the user moves the mouse to the top in full screen mode, the address bar will automatically pop up. Or you can use gestures to swipe down from the top in the tablet mode.
Start menu deploys Fluent Design design language
Start menu adjustments:
Acrylic components: If transparent settings are enabled in the Start menu, new acrylic designs will be visible after the update;
Vertical adjustment: The small problem at the bottom of the frame will disappear;
Level adjustment: As with the vertical adjustment, the frame will also be able to make real-time adjustments in the horizontal direction;
Diagonal adjustment: The frame can be adjusted through the diagonal;
Adjustment control: it is now easier to "grab" the edge of the framework to adjust;
Tablet mode switching: The experience of switching to tablet mode becomes smoother
Cortana gets a new look
A new, supported Personal Center page has been introduced in the new Cortana to allow users to add and edit personal information. On this page, traffic updates can be provided for the user's daily attendance, and it is easy to set reminders when leaving or arriving at a location. On this page, you will be able to access Cortana's Notebook section and these adjustments will be open to all Cortana markets.
In addition, Microsoft also promised that in the personal center page will cover the user's content of interest, family members and accounts and other related information.
Cortana's new Notebook gets performance improvements:
After introducing the new Notebook in Build 17063, we received feedback from many users. It is a great pleasure to tell everyone: The new design has now been launched in all supported countries and regions. In Build 17127 we have once again optimized Cortana to make Notebook loads faster. However, the specific speed may depend on the market in which the user is located.
Learn to use a skill in Notebook:
The default skills in Cortana's Notebook (such as weather, sports, and news) are optimized, users have more questions to ask questions, and users can customize the questions in addition to more recommendations.
The new Game Bar
The overall interface and layout have been re-adjusted to make it easier for the user to find the desired function; multiple buttons on the Game Bar enable screenshots, triggers of microphones and cameras, editing of titles in the Mixer live broadcast, and a new clock to facilitate viewing time; Select a theme: Dark, Light, or the current Windows theme; Game Bar settings are easier to use
Settings and privacy adjustments
The Windows 10 April 2018 update further enhances the transparency of the collected data in response to users' queries and the pressures of relevant functional departments. The "Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer" function has been added to help users understand what data Microsoft collects. . Citing foreign media, The Verge reports that Microsoft will collect relevant information about peripheral information, movie spending habits, and installed applications.
Diagnostic data improvements:
Microsoft will make a decision based on the Windows diagnostic data to provide consumers with the most practical and valuable platform possible. Microsoft also attaches great importance to the protection of user privacy, and promises that the data collected from the user's Windows device is completely transparent. In the new version, users have the right to control this data. Two new features have been added to the settings "Privacy" diagnosis and feedback.
● Diagnostic data viewer:
The Diagnostic Data Viewer is a Windows application that can review sent diagnostic data to Microsoft, integrates the collected information, and is simply divided into several categories based on Microsoft's usage.
The user can access the settings "Privacy" diagnosis and feedback, activate the diagnostic data viewer switch, and click the button below to trigger the application.
● View your diagnostic events:
On the left side, users can review your diagnostic events. After selecting an event, you can see the relevant details on the right and the details uploaded to Microsoft will be displayed. Microsoft emphasizes using this data to improve the Windows system.
● Search for your diagnostic event:
The search box at the top of the screen allows you to search for all diagnostic data. Feedback back search results contain any diagnostic events that contain matching keywords.
● Filter diagnostic events by category:
The application's menu button opens the menu where the user can view the diagnostic event categories that indicate how Microsoft will use these events. Selecting a category allows you to filter events.
● Provide diagnostic data feedback:
The Feedback button opens the Feedback Hub application, allowing users to provide feedback and comments on the Diagnostic Data Viewer.
● Standard user permissions settings:
While enhancing diagnostic data transparency and user control, system administrators can set the level of diagnostic data, and ordinary users can update the diagnostic data according to the obtained rights. Any user or administrator will provide notification after adjusting the settings.
Input, optimized numeric keypad
Many users of Windows 10 with touch screens frequently use the stylus. For these users, Microsoft optimized the virtual keyboard and Windows Ink features. In fact, users can automatically write in the search bar and other applications without tapping the numeric keypad.
On the keyboard side, Microsoft has adjusted the full-touch keyboard interface to support Acrylic glass effects and supports Swiftkey-like sliding input methods. Users can slide input on the virtual keyboard to speed up their input speed.
More and more users are accustomed to searching for matching emoji through text input during the chat. Microsoft added this function support to more languages in this version update. Now when the user tries to enter unicorn, kiwi, artist or turtle (convert to native language input), the relevant emoji will appear in the list of candidates that pop up.
In addition, this update also brought new emoji data to more than 150 languages worldwide, including Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Danish (Danish), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), English (United Kingdom) , Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), Finnish (Finland), French (France), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Dutch (Netherlands), Norwegian (Norway) , Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Swedish), and Turkish.
Now users can insert a set of emoji
Based on user feedback, Microsoft adjusted the design of the Emoji panel. Users can activate the panel through a quick combination of "Windows LOGO", "+", or "ldquo;" or "" combination, users can browse, search and select multiple Emoji. Only users who press the "Esc" or mouse click in the upper right corner will not be closed until after the "X".
My People went online in fall 2017 and brought many improvements in the Windows 10 April 2018 update. Users can now drag and drop any contacts to the taskbar and can rearrange them to their liking.
The user can rearrange "personality" in the taskbar, and can also decide how many contacts (10 or even overflow) are displayed in the taskbar, which is much more than the old version of the three. Related settings: Settings → Personalization → Taskbar → People.
However, there are not many Windows 10 apps that integrate with My People at the moment. We hope that Microsoft will follow up later.