Yesterday, my home office desktop initiated the update to Windows 10 April update (not to be known as the Spring Update) – code name RedStone 4.
This was not a simple update and took quite a while insinuate itself in my machine, but after a few reboots and other gyrations, it accomplished its task. For some reason, on my wife’s laptop (which is much slower) it installed more quickly.
Once the install was complete, I still had all my files and programs but had to grant network access to a few programs and perform a few other setup tasks that normally only happen when installing a new program. It also deleted and rearranged a number of icons on my start menu and also re-enabled some programs (like the default mail program) that I’d eliminated from my user interface.
The greatest enhancement to Windows is Timeline. It’s designed to facilitate projects across multiple devices. For Timeline to work on iOS and Android devices, you’ll need to install Cortana on your mobile device and be logged in.
To start using Timeline, go to Settings -> Privacy -> Activity history and make check the box next to “Let Windows collect my activities from this PC.” If you want to “Show activities from other accounts” move that slider to on. Timeline should now be turned on not just for this device and this account, but for your other devices and other Microsoft accounts. To turn Timeline off, set the activity history slider to off.
Definitely, something that will take a while to understand its value.
Edge for Android (and iOS)
Chrome has become an increasing resource hog over the years and it looks like Edge for Windows has improved significantly with this release. Now that Edge for Android arrived (I guess it has been out there for a while and I just hadn’t noticed) and should be able to sync favorites… with Windows, I am definitely going to give it a try. I did notice that “Do not track” was not enabled by default. When I tried to sync I received the error message: 0xa04a1823, so I had to submit an issue into MSDN. I am hoping there is a quick response since there were a few others who expressed the same sort of problem.
Now to understand what’s new…
There are a number of other features like disk space recovery that that I’ve been playing with for a while already (Setting -> System -> Storage). This automates some of the cleanup that you used to have to run Drive Space on each drive to accomplish.
I am sure there is much more to delve into (like it appears there are some significant enhancements to annotating videos) but I’ll leave that for later.