Update: A publicly accessible webpage on Microsoft’s MSN.com website seems to show the next Windows 10 update is currently planned to be called the April Update. This page reportedly pops up when some users open the Edge web browser (see below), although whether this represents the update’s final name is unclear.
Indeed, ‘Spring Creators Update’ was never officially used by Microsoft in marketing materials, so strictly speaking this isn’t a name change unless you’ve been following this story closely. It’s still unusual for Microsoft to not provide a name for a major forthcoming update; the names of its previous significant updates were used in marketing for weeks prior to updates being launched.
The next ‘feature’ update to Windows 10 is expected to arrive soon, although what it’s called remains a mystery. We run down the latest news and all the new features.
What is the next Windows 10 update?
The latest major update to Windows 10. It follows the Anniversary (2016), Creators (early 2017) and Fall Creators (late 2017) updates that added headline features to the operating system.
The biggest change coming to Windows 10 is Timeline. While previously you would navigate through your tasks by opening files, webpages and programs, you can now also do so by scrolling back in time.
It’s another way of allowing you to see things you’ve recently been working on, be it a webpage you were reading yesterday or several weeks ago. If you scroll back far enough, you’ll be able to find it.
The feature will be of limited use to most people because it currently requires you to be using Microsoft-made programs such as the Edge web browser and Microsoft Office. The only way other programs will appear in Timeline is if the company that makes them chooses to add this feature, which takes time and effort.
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A new design standard is coming to Windows 10 that includes more effects when your mouse cursor hovers over buttons, more translucent (as opposed to opaque) programs and easier-to-use menus.
Improved eye tracking
The ability to control Windows 10 with your eyes (using hardware such as eye trackers made by Tobii) was added late last year in the Fall Creators Update. The Spring Creators Update will add extra features, including easier scrolling and navigation as well as the ability to pause eye tracking more easily.
Connecting wireless Bluetooth devices such as mice and headphones to Windows 10 machines should now be a lot quicker. Instead of having to manually connect each time, certain devices will be connected automatically.
Windows 10 S mode
You’ll now be able to activate and deactivate Windows’ so-called ‘S Mode’, which locks down the operating system so it can only run apps downloaded from the Windows Store, and Microsoft Edge is the only web browser you can use. This is great for users who want a more simple experience, and for those who want to control what their children can access on their computer.
Find out more in our guide to Windows 10 S.
Can I stop the update?
When an update first launches, it’s distributed to a relatively small number of computers that, in theory, have been tested for compatibility with the latest software. Indeed, Microsoft says it “test[s] each major Windows 10 feature update with our OEM hardware partners prior to general availability to ensure the best experience on all compatible devices.”
Over the course of several months, more and more computers receive the update, supposedly when Microsoft is confident that your PC is fully compatible. By way of example, the ‘Fall Creators Update’ that launched last autumn is only just arriving on some computers.
Once your PC receives the update, you won’t be able to stop it there and then, but if it causes problems with any of your programs or settings, you can ‘roll back’ to the previous version of Windows 10 for up to 15 days after it’s installed.
If you’re within the time limit, you search for ‘settings’ in the Start Menu, open the Settings app and navigate to the Recovery menu. Within this menu there will be an option that says ‘Go back to the previous version of Windows 10’. Click on that and follow the instructions.
This won’t permanently prevent your computer from updating to the Spring Creators update, but should hopefully give you enough time to see whether the programs you’re having problems with can be fixed ahead of the next update.
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