Microsoft Joe Belfiore at Build 2018

Weekly Digest: Microsoft Build 2018, Windows 10 Fluent Design, Your Phone app

Catch up with the most interesting announcements from Build 2018, Windows 10 Redstone 5 preview rolls out with various new features, April 2018 Update problems, and more.

This week on Pureinfotech: Microsoft’s Build 2018 happened this week, and while it was an event dedicated to developers, the company made a number of exciting announcements coming to Windows 10, Office, and Azure. (You can also catch up the keynotes here.)

The company also showed off a new built-in app for Windows 10 known as Your Phone, and it’s an app that allows you to access your text messages, photos, and notifications without having to unlock your phone.

Microsoft Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows, also announced that Fluent Design is coming to classic desktop (win32) applications. In addition, during the Build 2018 conference, the company also unveiled a number of Fluent Design improvements coming in 2018 to Windows 10.

If you’ve already made the move to Windows 10 version 1803, you’re now probably familiar with Timeline, but what you may not know is that the same feature is also coming to iOS and Android devices.

As part of the Redstone 5 development, this week, Microsoft made available Windows 10 build 17666 to testers with new features and changes, including a new clipboard experience, Your Phone app, File Explorer with a dark theme, and Sets improvements. (You can also watch the video review highlighting all the new enhancements.)

Alongside the Windows 10 Redstone 5 preview, Microsoft released a new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1803 to fix a number of issues with the April update. Also, the company made available another update for Windows 10 version 1709 to fix problems with Microsoft Edge, AMD processors, servicing process upgrading to the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, Mixed Reality, and a lot more.

This week, Microsoft has acknowledged at least two problems with its new Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803), including application freezing or hanging and graphics problems with certain hardware configurations.

Surface Book 2 and Surface Laptop received a new firmware update this week to improve hibernation problems after installing the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Also, if you’re still having screen flickering problems with your Surface Pro 4, Microsoft is now offering to replace your device for free.

In case you missed it, you can also download the pick of the week theme: Wildlife of India to refresh your desktop.

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