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.
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.
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.
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:
Emoji design updated.
Emojis now available in more than 150 locales, including English (Great Britain), French (France), German (Germany), Spanish (Spain), and more..
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.
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.)