Windows 10 and Microsoft Office update available NOW – every new feature coming to your PC

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  • October 3, 2018
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Windows 10 October 2018 Update was launched live at Microsoft’s Surface hardware event in New York City yesterday.

However, Microsoft has emphasised the rollout of the new upgrade will be “phased and controlled”, meaning it will steadily arrive for all users.

The American technology firm said: “As with prior Windows 10 feature rollouts, our goal is to deliver the October 2018 Update in a phased and controlled rollout to provide a great update experience for all.

“We are beginning the global rollout out via Windows Update in the coming weeks. As with previous rollouts, we will use real-time feedback and telemetry to update your device when data shows your device is ready and will have a great experience.

“You don’t have to do anything to get the update; it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update.”

However, Microsoft insisted any Windows 10 fans that are keen to get their hands on the latest and greatest software can download it manually by heading to the system settings of their compatible device.

The company explained: “While we encourage you to wait until the update is offered to your device, if you’re an advanced user on an actively serviced version of Windows 10 and would like to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update now, you can do so by manually checking for updates.

“In the Search box in the taskbar, type “Check for updates.” Once there, simply click “Check for updates” to begin the download and installation process.”

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update provides a score of new functionality for fans of the operating system.

Android users can download the “Your Phone” application that will allow photos and texts to be instantly accessible on a Windows 10 device.

Apple fans are able to seamlessly transition from a browser on their iPhone to a PC thanks to a new “linked phone” feature.

Such moves are part of an effort by Microsoft to make Windows 10 work more efficiently with other devices overall.

Detailing the functionality, Microsoft stated: “With the new Your Phone app you get instant access to your Android phone’s photos and texts on your computer.

“Snap a pic on your Android phone, see it on your PC. You can also drag and drop photos from your phone onto your PC. And you can copy, edit or ink that photo, right from your PC.

“For iPhone users, you can surf the web on your phone, then send the webpage instantly to your computer to pick up where you left off.

“Then you can read, watch or browse with all the benefits of a bigger screen. With a linked phone, continuing on your PC is always just one share away.”

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update also brings 157 new emoji and tweaks the look of existing ones.

Microsoft Office apps have also seen a host of new additions.

Users are now able to insert 3D models into both PowerPoint presentations and Word documents.

Some fresh AI ink features now allow Windows 10 fans to jot down a bullet point list that will then be formatted into typed text.

And a litany of other improvements present in the latest software version was discussed by Microsoft on its Windows Blog.

In addition to detailing software, Microsoft also announced a deluge of new hardware yesterday.

The Surface Laptop 2, Surface Pro 6, Surface Studio 2 and Surface Headphones were all showcased.

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