Windows 10 April 2018 Update: The ultimate changelog

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The Windows 10 April 2018 Update, also known as Redstone 4 is just about ready for launch, meaning it shouldn't be long before the rolls it out to the public. To prepare, here's a consolidated list of all the noteworthy changes coming in the next Windows 10 update!

Keep in mind this changelog only includes things that result in new features or big changes. We are not including a list of fixes in this changelog. For that, you can check out the official Windows Blog.

Windows Shell

  • Fluent Design reveal effects have been softened
  • Fluent Design Acrylic and Reveal effects are now showcased in more areas of the Shell.
  • The Start menu now features Fluent Design "reveal" effects in tiles and the apps list.
  • The "clear all", "expand", "collapse" and "see more" text in the Action Center now uses your chosen accent color.
  • You can now use a two finger swipe gesture to dismiss all notifications in the Action Center.
  • Windows will now show you your personalized lock screen when selecting your account on the login page.
  • The Calendar fly-out on the taskbar now features reveal effects.
  • Contacts pinned to the taskbar now show a list of connected apps rather than tiles.
  • The Taskbar now features the Acrylic blur effect.
  • Action Center notifications now feature Fluent Design reveal effects.
  • The "clear all" text in Action Center now says "clear all notifications" instead.
  • Nearby Share is now present in the Share UI and lets you share content between nearby devices.
  • Right-clicking a live tile will give you the option of jumping straight into that apps Settings.
  • Task View now includes Timeline that allows you to go back and resume apps you had open in the past up to 30 days.
  • Virtual Desktops has moved to the top of the Task View UI.
  • Fluent Design effects will be disabled when in battery saver mode.
  • The My People Hub now features Reveal and Acrylic effects.
  • You can now drag to reposition contacts pinned to the Taskbar.
  • You can now drag contacts between the Taskbar and the My People Hub.
  • Quiet Hours has been renamed to Focus Assist and has been updated with new features.
  • Documents and Pictures are now listed in the Start menu hamburger menu by default.
  • On devices with Windows Hello support, users can now setup Hello directly from the login screen.
  • The Xbox Gamebar has been updated with a new Fluent design UI.
  • Users on Windows 10 S can now use the Microsoft Authenticator app to log in to their PC.
  • Eye Control has been updated with more functions in the eyebar.

Microsoft Edge

  • You can now mute audio coming from a specific tab.
  • Edge now has the ability to save free EPUB books.
  • Edge will now automatically fill out preferred information in address and related forms.
  • The Edge UI now features an improved UI with Fluent Design reveal effects and more prominent Acrylic title bar.
  • The EPUB and PDF bookmarks UI has been updated.
  • The book and PDF reader has been updated with a new UI, including new dark and light modes.
  • Reading progress within books and PDF documents will roam faster across devices.
  • Edge now supports Service Workers that allows websites to send notifications and refresh in the background even when Edge is closed.
  • The Hub has been redesigned with a new hamburger menu and larger slide-out panel.
  • The favorites bar will now automatically show on the Start or New Tab pages, just like in other web browsers.
  • Extensions can now be used when InPrivate browsing is enabled.
  • You can now vertically dock the Edge DevTools panel.

Cortana

  • Cortana now has a new Lists/Collections app that allows you to create Lists that sync across devices with Cortana.
  • Cortana's proactive content will now appear in Action Center.
  • Cortana is now better at alerting you of apps that you can pick up where you left off.
  • Cortana now features a new Notebook UI that better promotes things like Skills, Lists and more.
  • The user's profile picture is now showcased in Cortana's hamburger menu.

Input improvements

  • Touch keyboard now features Fluent Design.
  • Physical keyboard users now have the option to enable an on-screen text suggestions function.
  • The wide virtual keyboard now features shape-writing.
  • New gestures when writing with a pen are now present in the pen insert field.
  • You can now insert more than one emoji at once when using the emoji panel.
  • You can now change the font used in the handwriting panel.
  • The emoji panel now supports more languages.
  • Pen users will now see a handwriting panel automatically popup when selecting a text field.
  • Some emoji have been updated with a new look.

Settings and miscellaneous

  • Settings now features a new redesign with Reveal effects and Acrylic blur.
  • You can now configure Startup apps in Settings.
  • There is now a color wheel in the Ease of Access area.
  • Ease of Access has been categorized into subcategories in the sidebar and reorganized.
  • Sound settings are now present in the Settings app.
  • Storage Sense now includes Disk Cleanup settings and functions.
  • Font settings are now available in Settings.
  • Users can now limit download bandwidth for updates in the foreground.
  • You can now manage what data is stored in Timeline.
  • You can now adjust how bright SDR content appears when using an HDR monitor.
  • Windows Update will now place an update icon in the System Tray when there is an update pending.
  • You can now customize the number of contacts that can be pinned to the Taskbar up to 10.
  • Users can now recover local accounts from the lock screen.
  • More Control Panel elements such as Fonts, Display, Sound, and more have now been moved into Settings.
  • There is now a new Keyboards area located in Settings.
  • Language Packs are now powered by the Microsoft Store and feature a new install UI.
  • HomeGroup has been removed.
  • You can now customize what apps send notifications when Focus Assist is on, and can also schedule a time for it to automatically enable and disable.
  • Some Bluetooth peripherals can now be paired with one click.
  • Windows Update will now prevent a PC on AC power from going to sleep if there is an update pending in the last two hours.
  • A new privacy settings page will present itself during device setup.
  • Windows Defender Application Guard features new changes such as performance improvements, and the ability to download files to the host.
  • HEIF file format is now supported.

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Interested in what's coming next or want to look back at the changelog of older updates? Check out our other Windows 10 update changelogs below!

Updated March 25, 2018: We updated this changelog with the latest changes found in build 17133.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

184 Comments
  • Is the timeline feature available?
  • mo, but it will show up in next few builds and surely before Christmas according to Microsoft.
  • source?
  • No, 'sets' has been postponed not timeline.
  • never promissed in RS4....
  • 'When in India' stopped when Mobile died
  • hahaha
  • Yes, because all goes for Xiaomi brand as it is no.1 selling phone in India.
  • It's been in Insider builds for a while now.
  • Yes it is included. To quote the article, 'Task View now includes Timeline that allows you to go back and resume apps you had open in the past up to 30 days'. If you want to know if a feature is included, just read the list.
  • Thanks for quoting. Though you realize that you are replying to questions from last year, right? :)
  • yes, it is available. BTW, They have postponed the 'sets' feature for the next update.
  • Are transparent tiles in the start menu expected for redstone 4?
  • without a phone platform, and the increasing importance and addition of color into the iconography of Windows 10 Fluent Design I highly doubt the transparent tiles is a priority for Microsoft at this moment. The use case for its inception (full screen start menu)its poorly implemented an greatly under used on Desktop.
  • thanks for the reply.  I was in the thinking that with the "Core OS" platform coming and a potential mobile device late next year, transparent tiles could become useful again.  But, I agree that without a current phone its probably not a priority.
  • Late next year would require it to be in RS5
  • Ha! Every time I hear Core OS, it makes me wonder how new it will be from Windows 10 as we know it and got used to. Essentially it's going to adapt to the form of Andromeda device. It's going to be the same OS yet different. I can't wait for it.
  • The whole Tile Start Menu is pretty much dead in regards to further development.
  • Overall design is a priority, and all of the fluent design tweaks are proof of that. Especially the fact that fluent design is adding translucency to the OS, and in many apps.. I don't think it's safe to rule out transparent tiles, or at least the option, just yet.
  • I'm thinking that live tiles are going to be killed or getting a huge overhaul in Redstone 5. They UI is just not modern anymore. It looks old and boring, especially because most live tiles are badly designed and useless. I believe. The future is a dynamic AI based frontage which is not app centric but content centric. The lock screen has become a better start screen on all of the platforms already. What I always hated about live tiles is how difficult it is to organize them. In fact it is so difficult that I haven't seen my mother, sister and aunt ever change their tiles. And after a while it gets ****** up with holes because they accidentally moved them. And they don't even notice rofl. It's just too complicated for non tech savvy ppl. Years ago I came up with the idea to let the tiles automatically place, size and sort themselves on the start screen based on app usage to fix this usability issue. But we all know the feedback hub is ignored.
  • What WP devices have you owned?...
    I ask about WP because this is where the live tile concept began.
  • ❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓❓
    I'm waiting
  • Still waiting.....
  • And, waiting....
  • My God Rodney  what are you 4?   
  • No. He's waiting.
  • And more waiting,I guess.
  • Rearranging tiles is no harder than rearranging icons on iOS or icons and widgets on Android. There are always those that don't get it. 
  • i'd be happy if we could just make the taskbar totally transparent, why have the option down so far why not all the way to fully transparent
  • choices.
  • If you see in the feedback hub up vote it :) I know they've made mockups of it in the neon concept
  • I hope to see a new file explorer, at last.
  • Why? the file explorer is ok, if you need something better then there are third party alternatives out there. I use directory opus if i am working with a lot of files, granted it is getting on now, but it is good.  
  • Tabs. Tabs would be much easier most of the time as opposed to opening a new window everytime.
  • While I agree that file explorer needs improving, I highly recommend you to check out Q-Dir.
  • Why tabs when Sets?
  • Tab is very bad idea for file explorer
  • me too
  • Pretty sure it'll be in the works - a UWP file explorer featured in the current design concept video (though quite possibly a mock up - don't hold your breath), it is requested and discussed frequently, however I'm sure the conundrum (if MS actually give a sh*t) would be whether a replacement would reduce functionality for power users (and piss them off yet further).
  • "You can now use a two finger swipe gesture to dismiss all notifications in the Action Center." Glad they're implementing a feature from WP8.1 from April 2014 only in April 2018 having the Action Center on desktop since August 2015.
  • Dear Microsoft,  Please add something Usefull this time.  So far all Redstone Patches have been worthless to me.  Try starting with the Ability to connect and play sound to Multiple Bluetooth Spearkers.  Then Hire Jen back to actually add her voice to Cortana, like you started to 5 years ago.  Then, Please for the love of God Fix Edge.  Thank you. That is all.
  • Dear MikadoWu, Cortana's voice is not something useful compared to other things you may be saying are not useful. playing sounds to multiple Bluetooth speakers are not very practical in reality and if you are so passionate about that, then there is always an alternative way to do it. finally... as it stands edge is the best browser. please list what needs to be fixed. it does everything I do on firefox or chrome making me Ito uninstall chrome. so list your complains about edge. 
  • That's hilarious... Edge is the best browser... I almost did a spit-take when I read that.
  • For me, edge is slower than both chrome and Firefox. Sometimes I type in a website and hit enter and I just end up staring at a white screen with nothing happening. I have never had that issue with chrome.
  • Same goes here. It was after I installed a couple of add ons.