The official name of the next Windows 10 version as been revealed in the latest Powershell version. Unsurprisingly, Microsoft named the next OS the Windows 10 April 2019 Update, instead of choosing a fancy name similar to the Creators or Anniversary Update. The upcoming version of Windows 10 19H1 will be rolled out in the first half of the year (H1).
Microsoft is reportedly working very hard on the Windows 10 April 2019 Update and line up many major improvements for the April release. The tech giant is planning for new features, more changes and further improvements and refinement in the User Interface.
The name has been revealed by Tero Alhonen a Windows Enthusiast through a tweet at his official page. He is always looking for Windows secrets just before the formal announcements. This time he used the Get-VMHostSupportedVersion command on Powershell to get a sneak peek into the name.
What’s new in Windows 10 April 2019 Update?
The Windows Insider Program already gave a glance of some changes and improvements planned for the Windows 10 April 2019 Update.
1. Desktop Experience
The Windows sign-in screen will now have an acrylic background. Now it will be easy for you to focus on the sign-in task as the actionable controls have been moved up in the visual hierarchy. The acrylic effect can be easily disabled on the sign-in screen by navigating to the following location:
Group Policy Editor under Administrative Templates > System > Logon > “Show clear logon background”
2. Improvements in the Start Menu
A new context menu entry allows the users to unpin groups and folders in the Start menu. The navigation pane in the start menu will expand automatically as soon as you hover over it. Some new icons for “Sleep,” “Shut down,” and “Restart” have also been introduced for the power button. The profile menu will also have separate icons for “Change account settings,” “Lock,” and “Sign-out.”
Furthermore, the start menu will also now appear as a separate process. As a result, the potential issues in the Start menu will now stop impacting other other surfaces.
3. Windows Defender App Improvements
The new Windows Defender Application Guard options for Microsoft Edge allows the users to easily manage access to their microphone and camera while browsing. You can configure the settings in
Settings > Privacy > Microphone & Settings > Privacy > Camera
4. Introducing Windows Sandbox
You can now save your device from any potential damage by safely running untrusted applications in an isolated environment in Windows Sandbox. Only the Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will be able to enable the feature enabling the Windows Sandbox option that is available under the Turn Windows Features On or Off.
5. Reserving Diskspace for Updates
Microsoft sets aside around 7GB of storage for updates, temporary files, system cache, and apps. The reserved storage feature helps to reduce the problems during the update process.
6. Automatic Troubleshooting
Windows 10 will now be automatically fixing most of the critical problems on your device. Apart from the critical behaviour, the recommended troubleshooting will also be notified regarding other problems as well. Moreover, there is no option for the users to turn off the feature.
7. Introducing the Light Theme
Start menu, Action Center, taskbar, touch keyboard, and other elements are now going to have a new light theme. You can switch to the light theme by navigating to:
Settings > Personalization > Colors and selecting the Light option under “Choose your color” drop-down menu
8. Search & Cortana
The tech giant is planning to separate Search & Cortana in the new Windows 10 April 2019 update. You can directly access the voice assistant by clicking the Cortana button in the taskbar.
Apparently, we can expect a smooth release this time as the update seems to be less ambitious as compared to its predecessors. The update is still in the process of beta testing.