It's official: Microsoft's latest update to Windows 10 is now available for anyone to download.
To get the update, you'll need to:
- Go to your Windows 10 Settings app – you can type "Preferences" in the Cortana search bar on the task bar at the bottom of the screen.
- Click Update & Security .
- Navigate to Windows Update [1
- Select Check for Updates to find all the updates or patches available for your system.
If you're using a corporate computer managed by an IT administrator, you'll need to look up your plans and schedule with your organization. Microsoft will use machine learning to ensure that the update process runs smoothly for all users.
"For the rollout in April 2018, we will expand our use of [machine learning] to identify the updatable devices compatibility data," Microsoft said in a detailed blog post about the update strategy. "It enables us to deploy updates to devices as quickly as possible while delivering even better customer experiences." This staggered strategy allows Microsoft to detect and fix issues with the update process prior to May 8.
The April 2018 update includes many new features, security patches, and updated privacy controls, Microsoft said. The most notable addition to Windows 10 is the timeline, which allows you to scroll back to see what you've been working on your Android, iOS, and Windows 10 devices.
"Timeline puts you back in time You've been working on your devices so you can jump back into them like you never left," Microsoft pointed out. "When you search for a specific document, image or video that you worked on yesterday or a week ago, Timeline makes it even easier to find what you're looking for."
Cortana has also learned new skills and will better manage your smart home. There are also changes and features to Windows Ink, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Photos, Windows Hello, Windows Mixed Reality and more. You can see the full list of new features in the Microsoft blog.
Windows 10 will now display your privacy settings differently depending on the country your device is in, so not all will see the same setting. However, if you want to see your privacy settings, you can do so by navigating to the Privacy option in the Settings app.