Windows 10 is now the world’s most popular and powerful operating system Microsoft has ever built. Microsoft now boasts approximately 40 percent of the marketshare, in part thanks to its semi-annual updates. The Windows 10 April 2019 Update, the year’s first major update for Microsoft’s ever-evolving Windows 10 operating system, is nearly here.
Windows 10 version 1903, April 2019 Update (19H1), will be the seventh major upgrade Microsoft will release.
Although the clue is in the name, it is unclear exactly when in April the 2019 Update will arrive, due to Microsoft remaining characteristically tight-lipped about the release.
However, while the Windows 10 update will most likely not land for a few more weeks, we now know much of what we can expect.
And the Windows 10 April 2019 Update is shaping-up to be quite the upgrade – here is what we can expect to see.
Windows 10 April 2019 Update release date:
Although the Windows 10 April 2019 Update can likely be downloaded this month, this is far from certain.
This is because the October 2018 update was notoriously only rolled-out on November 13, due to numerous glitches requiring fixing.
This just goes to show problems can occur with any major update to an operating system.
But because Microsoft has dubbed its latest release the April 2019 Update suggest the Silicon Valley giant is again confident of getting it out on time.
What to expect with the Windows 10 April 2019 Update:
The first change Windows 10 users will notice is a sleek and simplified Start Menu.
The Start Menu appears less cluttered, with tiles and shortcuts for pre-installed apps taking-up less space.
The Windows 10 April 2019 Update also allows for the easy uninstalling of unwanted pre-installed apps.
User should also notice the Start menu running more smoothly, and better protected from potential issues which might be caused by other areas of the OS.
The end result is a more reliable Start menu, according to Microsoft, and a more responsive one too.
The Windows 10 April 2019 Update will offer a Light desktop mode, presenting a pleasant contrast to the Dark already on offer
Light mode makes the taskbar and Start Menu brighter, and boasts a new army of icons to better suit the new Light theme.
Users can also combine aspects of both the Light and Dark theme to achieve a bespoke look tailored to your tastes.
Cortana, the Windows 10 voice-activated personal assistant, will be separated from the search box in the taskbar.
So following the April Update, clicking search will result in straight-forward operating system search.
And if you want to summon Cortana, you have to select a separate icon.
The Windows 10 April 2019 Update will also allow users to pause Windows updates for a set duration.
This is a very handy feature, as it offers a bit of breathing space when an iffy update is released.