Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update is being made available to existing machines today. All you have to do is visit Windows Update to manually trigger this latest update, or wait until Microsoft starts pushing it out more broadly to PCs next week. The update includes a number of new features that improve Windows 10 whether you’re using it for work, gaming, or a mixture of the two. These are my favourite features...

1. Your Phone

Microsoft has been focusing on making Android and iOS phones work better with Windows 10, and the new Your Phone app is designed to bring a lot of these efforts into a single destination. The biggest feature of Your Phone, however, is the ability to send SMS messages from your PC, using your phone.

2. Cloud Clipboard

You can access a full history of your clipboard by using the Windows + V keyboard shortcut, and this will sync clipboard data across all your Windows 10 devices. It’s particularly useful if you have a Windows 10 PC at home or work and a laptop for on the go, and you want to pick up where you left off.

3. Dark Theme for File Explorer

If you’re a dark mode fan then this new look is certainly for you.

4. Search Previews

Search results will automatically appear in a new preview pane when you start searching. It’s particularly useful for documents, as the contents are now displayed as a preview in the search results.

5. New Screenshot Tool

A new win key + shift + S keyboard shortcut will now bring up an area select tool to snip a screenshot and copy it to the clipboard. You can then annotate the screenshot before sharing it with others.

6. Power Usage In Task Manager

Microsoft will let you see what apps are draining your battery. A new column in task manager categorizes apps into their power usage.

7. New Game Bar Features

You can now see CPU and GPU usage in the game bar, alongside an average fps. If you’re streaming it’s particularly useful to see if anything is slowing your machine down. 

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