Outside of the weekly security patches that are released each Tuesday, Microsoft releases larger feature updates to Windows 10 twice a year-each spring and fall. This fall’s update, which Microsoft simply calls the October 2018 Update (version 1809), is finally reaching customers nearly two months after its intended release.
This update was originally due on October 2, but the release was quickly halted due to early reports of user data being deleted. Other issues reported included, loss of internet connection, Microsoft Edge browsing errors, and Microsoft Store apps not loading.
These issues have now been corrected and on November 13, Microsoft resumed the rollout. It is now widely available via Windows Update to all users.
Though the list of changes is long (here are the full details), there are only a few things we see as improving your daily experience:
- SwiftKey Integration – For users of devices with touchscreens (like the Surface products), this is an welcome improvement to the touchscreen typing experience that we have become used to from using on our phones.
- A New Clipboard – The Windows 10 clipboard (WIN + V) now retains more than one item and also allows you to pin items for repeated pasting. This feature-set is not as strong as third-party options (I like Ditto), but it is great to have a few advanced features built-in.
- Improved Snipping Tool – For those who frequently document things via screenshots, the new Screen Sketch app will be a welcome addition. All snips are now automatically sent to it for annotation and sharing.
How should my business handle these releases?
As we have noted in the past and as evidenced by this delayed release, Windows 10 feature updates have serious potential to cause problems. EVAN recommends delaying their installation by configuring your Windows Update settings to best fit your office environment:
- Click and type “Windows Update”
- Click “Advanced options”
- Select a “Choose when updates are installed” option:
- Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) – Only recommended for small offices with modern hardware (see #4).
- Semi-Annual Channel – Recommended for larger businesses and any that have no immediate need for the improved features. This will automatically delay these feature updates for about three months.
- If you select “Targeted” above, we recommend setting the delay option to 21 days. This will provide you Window’s newest features quickly while avoiding issues that are typically discovered immediately after major update releases.
These changes will not prevent you from receiving weekly security and device driver updates.
Please contact us if you need any further explanation or assistance configuring these settings.
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