Microsoft Windows 10 adds Your Phone app for Android texting, photos


It'll become more widely available October 9, according to ZDNet.

Microsoft announced the big new changes with this release via its Windows blog, with numerous new productivity-focused features discussed.

The update can also be found via Microsoft's early adopter program, Windows Insider, if the Slow Ring cadence is selected, and the company's Visual Studio Subscriptions, and Software Download Centre. One of these provides the option for the system to switch off Windows Updates automatically, letting the system prioritise running games, and also stopping the system pestering you about impending updates while you're playing.

So now some owners will have to update their hardware in order to get devices with the proper Windows 10 driver/OS support or they will be forced to maybe try some Linux Distro. Larger Windows updates seem to have settled into a bi-annual rhythm.

So, here's a list of new Windows 10 features that might have the most impact for users on a day-to-day basis.

We haven't had a chance to test the new Windows Update yet.

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Additionally, the Your Phone app will let you text on your Android phone using your computer, and see the photos you took with your phone on your PC.

The addition of DXR support extends beyond games, too: As well as allowing developers to add ray tracing capabilities to their engines without having to rebuild anything from scratch, Microsoft's implementation allows non-gaming applications to accelerate ray tracing workloads - which spells good news for the computer aided design (CAD) industry.

As of 2pm PST today, this update is now available to the public.

Now, Android users can install the Microsoft Launcher app and access that same Timeline so you can find the website or Office 365 file you wanted.

The Windows 10 October 2018 update also includes the 157 new emoji supported by Unicode 11, including superheroes, a llama, and pirate flags. Of course you can use Ctrl+V in the same way, but Windows+V displays a new panel, powered by Windows Timeline. As always, back up any important data you have prior to this update. If things go wrong, you may need to download the update again. You can surf the web on your iPhone then send the webpages instantly to your computer to pick where you left off.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've going to spend the next couple of hours starting at lots of little dots going round in circles.