Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 18252

Noel Cummings
October 4, 2018

That delay is finally coming to an end, as the Windows 10 October update has begun rolling out, including the DirectX Raytracing API, Android app mirroring and more.

Not long after introducing Timeline to Windows 10, Microsoft is porting the feature to your Android phone as well. You'll also be able to send SMS texts and group messages while typing on a keyboard using Your Phone, as you can now receive texts on your device and on the PC as well. The more mature SideSync, launched three years ago, allows the user to handle a number of phone tasks without leaving the PC: initiate and answer calls, set alarms, and share files.

The addition of DXR support extends beyond games, too: As well as allowing developers to add ray tracing capabilities to their engines without having to rebuild anything from scratch, Microsoft's implementation allows non-gaming applications to accelerate ray tracing workloads - which spells good news for the computer aided design (CAD) industry.

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At its Oct. 2 Surface event, Microsoft announced that the Windows 1o October 2018 update is available today for all Windows users.

Microsoft Operating Systems Group is building an all-new streaming service designed for apps and video games, codenamed Arcadia.

If you are an impatient type of person it is possible to get ahead in the queue by manually checking for updates in Windows. There's also a new icon which will be used to show when you aren't connected to the internet.

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According to the company, Windows 10 is now running on more than 700 million devices and to get the new update users just need to check on Windows Update.

Windows 10 uses telemetry and machine learning to make note of compatibility issues with the first round of updates. That will prevent Windows Update driver installs and restart notifications while you're playing, at last giving you an interruption-free experience.

Those, like me, with such updates enabled are a subset of users which Microsoft's ML models have already determined have "no known key blocking issues".

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Windows 10 October Update now comes with 157 new emoji thanks to Unicode 11.

The home screen now includes a "Pick up where you left off" section, and searches can now be filtered to find content from your PC and the cloud. This would be a worthwhile service for certain types of programs which aren't now available on Microsoft's Windows Store. I've had this app tell me I'm on "the latest version" even when I'm not. Using your digital pen you can quickly snip and share a screenshot using a new toolbar: Windows+Shift+S brings it up.

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