As was widely anticipated, the Windows 10 October 2018 update ‘Redstone 5’ will be available starting Tuesday 2nd October.

Windows and Devices VP Yusuf Mehdi announced the new operating system’s immediate availability at a Microsoft event the same day in New York, where new Surface hardware was also announced.

More substantive details weren’t outlined, but hey, start jamming that Check for updates button. Otherwise, Microsoft will start pushing this to existing machines next week with its monthly Patch Tuesday.

This update doesn’t include as many standout features as Microsoft’s prior cornerstone Windows 10 revisions, but you’ll still find some nifty extras for PC enthusiasts. Improvements include:

  • A dark theme for File Explorer
  • The ability to send texts from your PC via a “Your Phone” companion app
  • The ability to see your clipboard history and sync your clipboard across multiple devices
  • A slick new Snip & Sketch screenshot tool that supports annotations
  • The arrival of the SwiftKey virtual keyboard on desktops
  • …and more!

Microsoft is also releasing its Your Phone app with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. It’s designed as a companion app to more closely align Android and iOS to Windows 10. Most of the features are Android-only right now, though. You’ll be able to quickly sync photos taken on an Android device, or send and receive text messages with Windows 10 connecting to your Android phone.

Microsoft Launcher on Android will also gain access to Timeline, allowing you to sync more actions and content from an Android phone to a Windows 10 device. Timeline support is also coming to Microsoft Edge in a beta version due to debut in early November, allowing you to quickly access your tabs whether they were open on a PC or the mobile version of Edge.

see also What’s New in Windows 10’s October 2018 Update

Now that Windows 10 October 2018 Update is rolling out, work at Microsoft will now shift towards the next major release. Codenamed 19H1, the update is expected to launch in March 2019.

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