Video hands-on with Windows 10 October 2018 Update's best features and changes

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The next big Windows 10 feature update, known as the October 2018 Update or version 1809, is now available for users to download. Starting next week, the update will start being automatically downloaded and installed on Windows 10 PCs across the globe, so if you haven't checked for updates yet, your PC will automatically do that for you very soon.

As with every new Windows 10 feature update, we've thrown together an in-depth video demo showcasing all the biggest new features and changes you can expect to see once you've installed the update. The October 2018 Update features a new Cloud Clipboard, Your Phone, UI changes, and a whole lot more.

My personal favorite new feature is the new dark mode theme in File Explorer, which also turns some of the context menus dark on the desktop. In addition, there's also a new context menu design that features Fluent Design and text formatting options that are super helpful. There are lots of little changes in the October 2018 Update, too, some of which we don't cover in the video because there's just too much.

Make sure you check out our detailed changelog which goes even more in-depth regarding new changes in this release. Have you already upgraded to the October 2018 Update? If not, why not? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Why don't they just finish a feature completely before sending it out to the public. Everything is half baked.
  • I'm repeating myself but they better fix those Timeline animations on patch day next week. I'm glad someone has caught them on video now. They are not in any way in shippable quality.
  • I never realized naming live folders wasn't part of Windows 10 yet. It's one of the features I had liked using on my Lumia 950.
  • Updated. Lost all my favorites in edge. Then it sync d to all my devices wiping them from all my devices. Not Very happy at the moment.
  • Happened to me as well. So I turned on my other PC without internet, exported it to an HTML file, plugged the ethernet cable back in, and imported it back. But I was worried as hell 😃
  • Updated to 1809 on my Surface laptop. Can't get the your phone app to work between the Surface and my Samsung G8. I even followed the instructions to start all over. I get a notice on my phone but there's no allow button. I have entered the app settings on my phone and selected allow all...still doesn't work.
  • Text size feature is a great one for high dpi devices when you don't want to loose the original resolution also help in vision
  • Great update overall, I like it so far. My favorite feature has to be the the word suggestion thing for physical keyboards, which is now also available in Hungarian, my native language. Although the dark file explorer and the cloud clipboard are close calls as well.
  • Does this update fix the issues with Windows 10 only allowing 6-bit display depth with Intel Drivers on laptops (and apparently some desktops as well)? I just for a downgrade to Windows 8.1 for my laptop because it's been unusable for photo and video work since the 1803 update. Severe banding everywhere in photo and video content. Common issue affecting potentially millions of users. Driver issues have been absolutely exasperating with Windows 10. I'm really regretting not getting a MacBook Pro. Worst decision, ever. HP, Dell, Asus, MSI, etc. No OEMs seem to have escaped this issue. Ugh, and now these data loss issues. I think I'm gonna have to sell this machine to buy something else.
  • Remember when "it doesn't work here" used to be embarrassing for a company?
    Pepperidge Farm remembers.
  • Hey Zac, where can I get that space wallpaper from?