New Windows 10 update lets you dictate content to your machine

Microsoft announces new Windows 10 update for download on April 30

Windows 10 is pretty stable these days, but we're sure there'll be a mess or two to uncover, too.

The prefered way is actually to just wait for it to pop-up in the notification center. You can also download the Windows 10 April 2018 Update ISO files from Microsoft's website or you can go straight to the Windows 10 Update page and download the update from there.

With the new update, enterprises will be able to monitor their delivery optimisation status using Windows Analytics, which includes information such as how many devices are enabled and the bandwidth savings they have achieved by using the new delivery optimisation tool.

Some are calling the latest feature update for Microsoft Windows 10 boring, but the new version is more about enhancements for business users rather than about content creation.

A new feature called "Timeline" won't be far behind, as it sorts your activities on an - erm - timeline and makes them searchable.

The biggest and most obvious change is the addition of a timeline feature to the task view. Fluent Design adds some much-needed depth and distinctiveness to the otherwise flat user interface, and has nice, unobtrusive animations and highlighting effects that make using such a flat UI a lot less. Pressing the launcher for this feature pops up a list of previous activities so you can easily go back into something you were just working on, or, if it was a while ago, there's a search feature for Timeline as well.

Windows Help Viewer, which opened those.hlp files way back in the 90s. This will buy you a month's time before it prompts you again. However, turning on Focus Assist will ensure that these distractions are reduced. Now click the button called "Check for Updates" and this should force the update to begin downloading. Created to boost productivity, it stops you being distracted by things like social media, email notifications, breaking news stories and more, blocking anything unrelated to the task at hand from going through.

This version of Edge also wants to provide greater room to focus on what you're viewing.

Owners of Microsoft's flagship operating system for personal computers should get a notification from the Windows Update service used by customers to download software patches, security fixes, and other updates.

Better yet, Microsoft is also updating its apps across iOS and Android to take advantage of Timeline, starting with Microsoft Edge for mobile. There will be a new audio icon to mute and unmute a tab that is playing sound.

Dictation is another cool thing. Users can activate this by pressing Win+H and start talking once the mic symbol appears.

For me, the update has been completely positive, and while it seems most of the new features will be wasted on me, I do feel my battery life has improved.

Both of these programs are found in the C:\Windows\System32 folder, so they will automatically be available from a command line prompt without adding them to your PATH.

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