Microsoft will speed up Windows 10 updates

Speed up Windows 10 updates

One of the least pleasant properties of “large” Windows updates, which recently come out twice a year – is the inability to use the computer during the installation, which often takes more than an hour. Microsoft promised to ease the “suffering” of users.

Thanks to the redesigned installation process, the next big update of Windows 10, coming out in April 2018, takes much less time. The installation process will be divided into two phases – “online” and “offline”. During the first time, the computer can still be used.

According to Microsoft, during installation of the updated Creators Update, which was released about a year ago, the computer could not be used for an average of 82 minutes. In autumn of 2017, Fall Creators Update reduced this time to 51 minutes, and the next “big” update, which has not yet received an official name, will be reduced by almost half – to 30 minutes.

This was achieved by moving a significant part of the tasks to update the system files in the “online” phase. The installer actually creates a “parallel” copy of the system on the hard drive and then transfers all the files, data and user settings to it.

A year ago all this work was done in the “off-line” phase when the user sees only a notification on the progress of the installation on the screen and can not use the PC. Now the installer will first create new system folders, then prepare the user data for the transfer, and only after that will restart the computer to complete the update.

The next major update of Windows 10 is scheduled for spring. A free update under the working title Redstone 4 (most likely around Spring Creators Update) is currently under testing, and its release is expected March-April. Five main functions and capabilities of the new “scores” chose the site Windows Central.

The most interesting is the Timeline (“Chronicle”) – actually an improved alternative to the screen with a list of recently opened programs. Thanks to Microsoft’s “time machine”, a user can view all of his actions on the connected Windows-based devices in the last 30 days, and resume all documents, tab groups, browser history, places marked as visited on “Maps” and applications that were opened in which or a period of time in the past.

By analogy with Handoff on “poppies”, this function will allow you to start working on the computer, and later continue from the same place on the smartphone. The Timeline will be located in the Task View area and will be available only for programs compatible with it.

The “fluid” design (Fluent Design) will change, a new style of design introduced with the release of the Fall Creators Update last fall. The components of this system (parallax effects, blurry textures, translucent backgrounds) give applications more aesthetics, make the user interface more intuitive, responsive and easily scalable to different device sizes.

In Redstone 4 elements of “fluid” design will be extended to other parts of Windows 10: the start menu, for example, will have gradual development effects, the task bar – the effect of acrylic paints, the “Calendar” – pop-ups. The animation of other programs included in the OS, including the Edge browser, will change.

The address book My People, which appeared in the Fall Creators Update, did not cause any interest from the developers – it is not supported by any program, located in the store Microsoft Store. Support is limited to Mail, People, and Skype applications, which Microsoft releases. Nevertheless, the company intends to improve this forgotten function. Use My People in Redstone 4 will be easier: users can attach to the taskbar more than three contacts, and also reorder the list by dragging the icons to the left or right. New contacts can be dragged from the My People hub directly to the taskbar, and vice versa.

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