Earlier today Microsoft announced a fresh update to Windows 10 — the April 2018 update which will be free to download from 30th April.
The theme surrounding this release is based on saving time and making your time spent working more productive with two features: Timeline and Focus Assist.
Windows 10: Timeline
Timeline has been built to speed up the process of searching for things like emails, documents, photos or videos you’ve been working on.
Not only will Timeline pick up files used on your PC, but it can also pick up files from your Android/iOS devices within the Microsoft Edge browser or Office 365 (as long as you’re signed in). You can then jump back to your PC and access that same file.
Windows 10: Focus Assist
Think of Focus Assist as your productivity assistant. Whenever you need a distraction-free time period, you just turn it on (or schedule it) and it’ll mute any notifications from apps like social media sites, emails etc.
Once the Focus Assist time period is finished — or you turn it off manually — you’ll get a small summary showing what notifications you’ve missed. It’s a very useful feature for keeping you focused on the task at hand!
The Windows 10 April 2018 update also makes improvements to dictation. Simply press Win + H on your keyboard within a document and Windows will translate your voice into written words; a convenient feature if you want to capture something quickly.
Microsoft has also added the ability to control your smart home from your Windows PC using Cortana. Ask Cortana to adjust your thermostat and she will — although to begin with this service will launch only in the U.S.
Read more about the Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 update on the Microsoft blog here.