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The next update will include new Windows 10 features.

Microsoft is expected to roll out its latest Windows 10 update very soon and as ever a number of new features will surely follow suit. Microsoft has already given developers a glimpse of what it has in store through its Insider Preview programme.

But none of the features seen in the preview are confirmed for the final roll-out of the new look Windows. However, previous Windows 10 updates show that the vast majority do materialise.

So what new Windows 10 features can you expect to see?

Your Phone app

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Since the last update, you’ve been able to link your smartphone to your PC. This lets you browse the web, write emails or use apps on your phone and then continue on your computer.

An updated version looks set to also include text messages, notifications and photo syncing. This will all be contained in an app called Your Phone.

Clipboard history

New Windows 10 features include clipboard
New clipboard features on Windows 10 (Microsoft)

Clipboard will now let you see a history of items you’ve copied.

On top of this, you will be able to pin frequently used items, as well as sync clipboard usage across multiple devices.

Dark theme

Dark theme is one of the new Windows 10 features
Dark theme on Windows 10 (Microsoft)

Windows has long had a dark mode for apps. But it doesn’t extend everywhere, particularly in frequent places like the File Explorer.

Microsoft has now developed a dark theme that works more widely across your PC.

Notepad improvements

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Notepad is one of those features that has remained largely the same for ever. Every update it stays the same. But not this time. Microsoft have actually given it a bit of attention. Great news for those of us who use Notepad every day. It will finally possible to zoom the text size simply by holding the Ctrl button and the + or – keys.


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Anyone familiar with SwiftKey on their smartphone will know that it is a really handy way to write something fast.

Microsoft is bringing Swiftkey to Windows 10. Anyone typing on a touch screen can swipe across the keyboard to form words and sentences instead of tapping.

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  1. After many years of using microsoft (no longer) I have become very cynical about their offerings and my immediate thought was not “How useful ” but “More stuff I would never use but be forced to install and endless updates to keep them going every time I want to use the machine” Of course they may do it like Linux Mint and just alert you that updates are available leaving you with the choice of what to do about it.

  2. Phil, you can change your windows update settings to notify you of updates without installing any, exactly as Linux does.

  3. My sentiments about the Microsoft 10 updates too Phil, they also take ages to install sometimes. my preferred system is Windows 7, (now XP is not supported and cannot run google chrome etc) where you can still choose when and what you want to update.

    QUOTE ”Your Phone – Since the last update, you’ve been able to link your smartphone to your PC. This lets you browse the web, write emails or use apps on your phone and then continue on your computer”

    I’ve been able to do this for the last year, it’s an android app called called Samsung SydeSync which is installed onto my Galaxy Note and Windows XP, 7 & 10 Desktops and Laptops and works extremely well.

    There’s nothing in the new Windows 10 that will get me to use it as my preferred choice … yet.

  4. The upgrade takes ages to install with several re-starts.
    I spent nearly all yesterday trying to get computers that have had the October “upgrade” to communicate on the home network.
    On one, switching the password network access on and off again made it work. How logical is that!
    CTRL + – on notepad are nice, though.
    I appreciate the need for security, but sometimes it seems to me that Microsoft is like a builder who bricks up all the doors and windows on a house to make sure no one can get in, including the owner. Another analogy would be to fit invisible locks on the door, so even the owner can see where to put his key.
    SMB2.0 doesn’t seem to be there, so they won’t communicate with an Android tablet. Maybe Microsoft want me to buy a Windows tablet instead.

  5. I’m with Phil on this.

    I have PCs currently running Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows Millennium Edition, Linux Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu Studio 16, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Lubuntu.

    Trying to keep Win XP running became too expensive in time and effort. Win 7 is beginning to head down the XP path, partly due to deliberate Microsoft sabotage. It is one thing to cease upgrading an OS, but another to withdraw information on the content and purpose of ‘optional’ upgrades as MS has done.

    The Windows ME runs on an old PC with modest spec and tiny RAM. It does a superb job of looking after an electronic document filing system, supported by a brilliant Logitech Freescan multipage scanner (now over 20 years old but still excellent). The Windows ME system boots faster than anything else and is capable of most everyday tasks. However, while it will network with other PCs, Win ME is no longer safe for web browsing.

    A new W10 computer with Atom bay trail processors proved unable to accept the W10 updates pushed out by MS. MS helpline personnel tried, but the task proved impossible. Finally the OEM supplied files to completely reload W10 at the next version, but not all the associated drivers and the onboard Wifi access was lost. What a mess W10 is!

    The good news is that Linux Ubuntu works, and keeps working. The LTS versions are supported and updated for five years from the original launch date. New LTS versions are introduced every two years, the latest is 18.04 which will be supported until 2023. I have still to move to this latest LTS, however, as it generally takes a little while for a new versions to stabilize, I shall do so shortly.

    Linux is accessed via a number of different ‘distributions’ and ‘flavors’. Ubuntu is, I believe, now the most widely adopted distribution worldwide. It is extremely capable, and provides access to a vast range of software of all descriptions, much of which is free and open source. What ever it is that you want to do, you can probably do it as well in Ubuntu as under any other OS. Web browsing, mail service, word processing, watching Iplayer, listening to radio programmes, spreadsheet work, etc, etc. Note, that Ubuntu can write and read ntfs (windows) files without difficulty, including for example, MS office files.

    Unlike MS windows the OS versions do not progressively accrue updates and expand without limit, but instead replace and refresh the existing code, right down to the core kernal. A fundamental difference in OS design makes Linux less prone to virus and malware attack.


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