Whether you use your Windows 10 PC for work, gaming, or a little bit of both, everyone seemed pretty excited about the October 2018 update. With that said, the first week of updates came with some challenges. As many of you may already be aware, in the initial days of the update rollout, some larger than expected bugs were discovered which caused some users to have files go missing or created compatibility issues with audio device drivers.
Thankfully, both of these issues have been fixed, and upgrading your current version of Windows should be a smooth process now. But it’s worth using this as a friendly reminder that while being an early adopter can be a good thing, being among the first adopters of a new software update doesn’t come without some risk. As a general rule, we encourage clients to give a new rollout a week (or more) to ensure there are no big issues before moving forward with the update on your computers. Even if the new features are enticing, waiting a few extra days can save you time, money, and headaches if there are any major bugs.
With that said, there are lots of useful new features associated with this update, but one in particular is worth highlighting: Microsoft has updated its reboot logic such that your computer should no longer begin running updates (and as a result, forcing reboots) while you are using your computer.
This has been an ongoing frustration for many users who have adopted past versions of Windows 10 and assuming this predictive model works as it is intended, it will be a tremendous upgrade for computers running Windows.
Other features of the Windows 10 update include:
- The “Your Phone” app, which will make it easier to integrate your phone and computer (an area where Windows devices have significantly lagged behind Apple devices).
- Cloud-based Clipboard allows users to access their clipboard history, pin frequently used images for easy future access and sync the clipboard across all devices.
- Dark mode will be enabled across all Microsoft applications, including file explorer. Users who are familiar with dark mode (from its previously limited applications) will rejoice at this setting which is known to reduce eye fatigue and save battery life.
These are only a few of the most prominent new features that Windows 10 has in store for users, and we’re sure that there are more great updates to come this spring. If you’re considering a Windows 10 update for your business, don’t hesitate to contact us for a complimentary initial consultation or to schedule an appointment for IT support in St. Louis.