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

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

Action Center


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:

Here are a few keyboard shortcuts you can try out:

What’s new on Settings experience

What’s new on input experience


What’s new on system experience

Additional changes

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

What’s new on Microsoft Edge

What’s new on Windows Defender

Editor’s note: This guide includes features and improvements that appeared until Windows 10 build 17618. 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.)