Windows 10 1809 October Update

After all the chaos some new features are worth checking out.

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft re-released its Windows 10’s October 2018 Update (version 1809) after having to pull the original release due a couple of bugs. It has many new and improved features, several of which we here at Diamond Byte really like:

Cloud Clipboard allows users to copy and paste more than one item at a time and then stores all the copied text and images in a history box, which can easily be pulled up and referred to – handy if you have ever accidentally lost some copied text. It even enables the user to permanently pin frequently used content to the clipboard.

To turn on Cloud Clipboard, go to Settings > System > Clipboard and toggle on Clipboard history. If you have multiple Windows 10 devices running version 1809 or above, you can, if you wish, turn on the Sync across devices option, which allows you to share Clipboard content across all your computers. To see the history of text and images saved to the clipboard, press Windows key + V to pop up the clipboard history interface.

As of yet, Cloud Clipboard does not sync with phones however Microsoft says this feature is coming soon.

Your Phone is an app that connects an Android (only) smartphone to a PC, thus allowing users to access photos and even send text messages (typing with a keyboard!) while using a Windows 10 PC.

Users need to install and launch the Your Phone Windows app from the Microsoft Store. Once you have clicked on the Link Phone button, you will be asked to enter your mobile phone number after which Microsoft will send an SMS message to your phone with a link to download the Your Phone Companion app from Google Play. Once you have signed into your Windows account on the phone app and granted permissions, your PC and phone will link.

Do note that this app is still in the development stage and whilst I haven’t experienced any issues with it, some people have complained that it doesn’t display their message history.

Snip & Sketch is a simple tool (it will replace the Snipping Tool but the two tools presently coexist), which lets you take screenshots on your Windows 10 device and edit them. It offers more highlighter colours as well as a ruler and protractor. Users can also choose what kind of screenshot you want to capture, such as Rectangular Clip, Freeform Clip or Fullscreen Clip.

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Philip Brooks