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The Windows 10 Spring Creators Update is finally ready to be released. There is not much time left before the hugely anticipated update finally breaks out for the public. So we have managed to list out almost all of the major changes that are due to this update. Also, keep in mind that we have not included any bug fixes in this changelog. If you want to know about those as well then head over to the official Windows blog from here. So without wasting much time let’s get straight into changelog.

Windows Shell

The Windows Shell is being highly renovated in the coming update. Fluent Design Reveal Effects are now much better and blended into more of the core Windows system. There is also a new personalized lock screen available. There are also small improvements here and there. The full changelog follows.

  • Fluent Design reveal effects are now softer.
  • Fluent Design Acrylic and Reveal effects are now available 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 accent color of your choice.
  • 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

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Microsoft Edge has also been revamped and a lot more functionalities have been added. There are the all new dark and light modes into the reading modes. Furthermore, the extensions will now be available for use in the inPrivate browsing option as well.

  • 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 the 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

Microsoft’s Cortana has also received some small improvements in terms of looks and usability.

  • Cortana now has a new Lists/Collections app that allows you to create Lists that sync across devices with Cortana.
  • The proactive content of Cortana will now appear in Action Center.
  • Cortana is now better at alerting you to apps that you can pick up where you left off.
  • A new Notebook UI has been added to Cortana 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

There are also changes in the Settings app as well. The UI change is much more visible now and the submenus are easier to access and somewhat better organized. Have a look at the changes below.

  • Settings now feature a new redesign with Reveal effects and Acrylic blur.
  • You can now configure Startup apps in the Settings menu.
  • There is now a whole new 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 as well.
  • Storage Sense now includes Disk Cleanup settings and functions which will be useful for many.
  • Font settings are now available in Settings.
  • Yiu can now limit download bandwidth for updates in the foreground.
  • Users 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.

So that was it. The long list of changelogs for the upcoming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. If we have missed anything feel free to comment below and let us know about it.

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