Windows is hands down the most powerful and stable operating system available for a computer. The fact that if operating systems for PCs are compared, Windows has the most number of softwares complementing it, is a testament to its popularity. There is a high chance that if you are reading this article, you are a Windows user or have at least one device in your household that runs on Windows, which is why you must be wary of the updates that will make their way into your operating system this year.
The major update of Windows 10 for the year 2019 will arrive in April with a plethora of features intended to boost not only the stability of your system but to also enhance the user experience of Windows 10 users, visual and otherwise. According to Microsoft, the update is called Windows version 1903, codenamed 19H1. The update will expectedly include the following main features and improvements and considering these changes; the 19H1 update can be touted as the best update for Windows 10 in 2019.
Firstly, the update will bring certain visual changes to the Windows interface which is a welcoming thing as changes aimed at performance may improve your experience but sometimes people want a visual change to the interface they spend most of their day looking at. In this regard, the most noticeable of changes is a new theme with which you can make your taskbar, start menu, notification panel and other menu surfaces a shade of shell white. Moreover, the login screen now has a feature referred to as acrylic blur effect. This specific feature blurs the login background when you click on the login icon while sharpening your account picture. In this new update, you will also be given a brightness slider in the action centre. If you are sitting in the dark and intend to change the brightness, you won’t be faced with the hassle of searching for the button that toggles the light on your keyboard.
Apart from the visual changes, the significant UI change is that the Cortana and search experience, previously combined, has now been split up, with search now leading you to a page with all your recent activities. The setting menu also provides you with a tab with direct access to your OneDrive and phone. Furthermore, you also get an option to uninstall applications that users were previously unable to like calculator, paint, voice recorder and other such default apps.
A highly useful feature is a new Office app that would allow you to view your most recent web apps and documents associated with Office. This would be highly facilitative for students who need to access large amounts of documents especially when they are in the middle of an assignment. No more frantically looking for required documents from different folders when a deadline is approaching.
Another useful component of this update is the ‘intelligent active hours’ feature. Remember how you were about to shut your computer down and you would be asked to restart so that Windows could install an update and you would give some other time that you thought you would be active on your pc but would miss that time as your pc or laptop was not switched on during that period? The ‘intelligent active hours’ feature will solve this problem by automatically setting your active hours depending on your usage so that you don’t have to set a time for update installation, and the update will install automatically in the background during the ‘active hours’ set so that you don’t miss the update if your pc is switched off. If you are the kind of person who has switched off Windows update because you activated your Windows using a Windows 10 product key available online or generated through keygen, this may not be of much use to you. For the rest of us, for whom setting a time for update installation was a hassle, this may very well be the most anticipated feature of the update.