Windows 10 Redstone 5 new features

Windows 10 Redstone 5 (version 1809): All the new features and changes

UPDATE 3/22: Windows 10 Redstone 5 (version 1809) is expected to rollout in October 2018, and here are all the new features and changes thus far Microsoft has added to the new version.

Windows 10’s Redstone 5 (version 1809) will be the sixth major release of the operating system set to deliver new features and enhancements. It’s also the second update part of the semi-annual release, and even though, we’re still a long way from the final release, Microsoft has already started working in the next version of Windows 10.

The software maker kicked off the Redstone 5 (RS5) development with Windows 10 build 17604 through the Skip Ahead option, but this particular test build doesn’t include new features as the team is preparing the code to start introducing new improvements in the near future.

Microsoft is expected to start rolling out Windows 10 version 1809 to all users some time in October 2018 following the semi-annual schedule. However, this timeframe can always change.

In this guide, we’ll dive deep into the new features and changes Microsoft is working for version 1809 as they become available through the Windows Insider Program. You can also follow the Redstone 5 development here, and you can also check all the changes for version 1803 in this guide.

What’s new on desktop experience

You can also check out this walkthrough video with all the changes included in the most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview builds. Microsoft has also released Windows 10 build 17618, which brings some additional improvements.

Start menu

  • It’s possible to enable or disable hiding scrollbars on the Start menu using the Ease of Access settings.

Action Center

  • Notifications appear with a fade in animation when you opening Action Center.
  • Notification to fix blurry apps now appears on Action Center once the toast has timed out and dismissed.


Sets is a feature that lets group related content (relevant web pages, research documents, necessary files, and applications) into tabs, just like tabs in a web browser.

Features and improvements list:

  • You can use Sets with Microsoft Store apps like Mail, Calendar, OneNote, MSN News, and Microsoft Edge.

  • You can use Sets with desktop (win32) apps, including File Explorer, Notepad, Command Prompt, and PowerShell.

    File Explorer with tabs on Windows 10 version 1809
    File Explorer with tabs on Windows 10 version 1809
  • You can launch apps from the new tab page by typing the app name into the search box.

  • Microsoft Store apps launch in the same window replacing the new tab page.

  • The tab interface now shows icons including website favicons and app icons too.

  • Restoring your projects, you’ll be prompted to restore related apps and web pages.

  • In Timeline, you’ll see when a project has multiple activities associated with it.

Here are a few keyboard shortcuts you can try out:

  • Ctrl + Windows key + Tab – switch to next tab.
  • Ctrl + Windows key + Shift + Tab – switch to previous tab.
  • Ctrl + Windows key + T – open a new tab.
  • Ctrl + Windows key + W – close current tab.

What’s new on Settings experience

What’s new on input experience


  • Emoji design updated.

    Emoji design updates on Windows 10 Redstone 5
    Emoji design updates on Windows 10 Redstone 5
  • Emojis now available in more than 150 locales, including English (Great Britain), French (France), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), and more..

What’s new on system experience

  • High Efficiency Image File Format has been added. This is an image container that uses modern codecs like HEVC to improve quality, compression, and capabilities compared to earlier formats like JPEG, GIF, and PNG. Also, this new format supports encoding image sequences, image collections, auxiliary images like alpha or depth maps, live images, video, audio, and HDR for improved contrast.
  • Windows 10 version 1809 introduces a safe remove experience for external GPUs connected via Thunderbolt 3. The new experience allows you to know which apps are currently running on the external graphics processor to safely close them to prevent data loss as you disconnect the device.
  • Task Manager now shows an icon when a process is suspended in the Status column of the Processes tab.

Additional changes

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

  • New “Ultimate Performance” power plan scheme available through control panel, but it’s not available on battery powered devices.

  • Default setup now includes productivity and enterprise focused apps instead of consumer apps and games.

What’s new on Microsoft Edge

  • Hub left rail now appears with the Acrylic material effect part of the Fluent Design system.

What’s new on Windows Defender

  • Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) for Microsoft Edge delivers performance improvements to make the experience feel lighter and load faster.
  • It’s possible to download files from a WDAG session, but this option must be enable manually, and it’s only available for users running the Enterprise version of Windows 10. 

Editor’s note: This guide includes features and improvements that appeared until Windows 10 build 17627. It should be noted that this guide focuses on features for consumers, as Microsoft is also adding other features aimed for enterprises, which aren’t included here. (This guide was originally published on February 2018, and last updated on March 2018.)