Changes and New Features in Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Jun. 14, 2022 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to News

The September Patch Tuesday of Microsoft was just past the near. As usual, the company rolled out a range of updates, including Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17758 (Redstone 5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. It is predicted that Microsoft will officially release the big feature update - Windows 10 October 2018 Update (also known as Windows 10 version 1809), which is codenamed Windows 10 Redstone 5 on October 9. Microsoft usually releases new versions of Windows 10 during Patch Tuesday, so maybe we can access the final release on the next Patch Tuesday.


There should be a lot of changes and new features brought by this big feature update. According to the previews released in the Windows Insider program, we can have a clear picture of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. Now let’s see what’re the changes and new features in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

Note: Something may change between now and the final release. Listed are just some main changes and new features for your reference.

Main Changes and New Features in Windows 10 October 2018 Update

1. Dark Mode in File Explorer


In Windows 10 Redstone 5, Microsoft has added the dark mode to File Explorer. You can enable it via the dark mode switch in Settings. If you have enabled the dark mode in Windows 10, the dark mode in File Explorer will be automatically enabled when you upgrade to Windows 10 version 1809.

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2. Improvements to Game Bar


It’s much easier to access the Game bar in Redstone 5. You can find it in the Start menu or bring it up by pressing Windows + G. What’s more, now it is not just a quick-bar for taking screenshots and recording video. It also showcases useful performance information such as CPU, GPU, and RAM usage.

3. New Emoji 11


Emoji 11 comes with 157 new emoji. Now you can access them in the Emoji Panel. The Emoji Panel is currently available for 190+ locales. You can use the shortcuts Windows + . to open the Emoji Panel.

4. SwiftKey Comes to Windows


SwiftKey is available for Android and iOS devices to give you more accurate autocorrections and predictions by learning your writing style. Now in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, we are also able to use the SwiftKey in the touch keyboard to write in English (United States), English (United Kingdom), French (France), German (Germany), Italian (Italy), Spanish (Spain), Portuguese (Brazil), or Russian.

5. Updated Snipping Tool


Microsoft has updated the screen snipping tool in Windows 10 version 1809. It works much better now. You can not only take a full-screen screenshot but also crop a square screenshot or a custom shaped one. Besides, you can also edit the screenshot you took. Using the shortcuts Windows + Shift + S, you can launch the Screen Snip.

6. New Search Experience


In Windows 10 Redstone 5, Cortana has been updated with a wider landing page allowing more content and information to be displayed on the screen.

7. Improvements to Microsoft Edge


There are a list of improvements brought to the Microsoft Edge in Redstone 5, including better performance, a new Hub UI and Setting UI, and subtle design tweaks such as drop-shadow effects behind tabs.

8. Cloud Clipboard


With Cloud Clipboard in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, copying and pasting can be much easier. If you are using multiple Windows 10 devices, it is useful because it allows you to copy something on one computer and then paste it on another one.

Above are just some of the changes and new features in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. There are also many other improvements. Let’s look forward to the coming of the official release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (Windows 10 version 1809).

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