Windows 10 version 1903 (also known with the “19H1” codename) will be the seventh major refresh that Microsoft is planning to release during the spring of 2019 with new features and improvements.
Also, it’ll be the first of two updates coming in 2019, and while we’re still months away from the final version, thanks to the previews available in the Windows Insider Program, we can already see some of the changes that will be coming to the “April 2019 Update” (assuming the name will follow the scheme as we’ve been seeing in previous releases).
In this guide, we’ll highlight the new features and improvements planned for version 1903 as they appear in each test preview. You can also check all the new changes coming to version 1809 (October 2018 Update) here.
- What’s new with desktop experience
- What’s new with Settings experience
- What’s new with input experience
- What’s new with system experience
- What’s new with built-in apps
What’s new with desktop experience
You can check out this walkthrough video with all the changes included in the most recent Windows 10 Insider Preview builds.
Starting with version 1903, Windows 10 is adding acrylic effect, part of Fluent Design, to the sign-in background. “The translucent texture of this transient surface helps you focus on the sign-in task by moving the actionable controls up in the visual hierarchy while maintaining their accessibility” — Microsoft explains.
What’s new with Settings experience
No changes thus far.
What’s new with input experience
No changes thus far.
What’s new with system experience
As part of the 19H1 development, Microsoft is also introducing a new group policy for prevent the use of security questions for local accounts. This can be found under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Credential User Interface.
What’s new with built-in apps
Sticky Notes has been around since Windows Vista, and even though, it has received a number of updates, it’s been pretty much the same app since the beginning. Starting with version 1903, Windows 10 will introduce version 3.0, which will include some significant changes.
For example, your notes will now sync across your devices, including Android and iOS devices using your Microsoft account.
It’ll feature a new formatting bar to change colors for each note, and you’ll be able to select the new “Charcoal Note” theme.
Opening Sticky Notes, you’ll find a new home that organizes all your notes into a single interface that also has a search box to quickly find your notes, and now there’s a settings page to customize the experience.
Other improvements include tweaks to the interface so now is more polished and performs faster. The app now supports assistive technologies and Narrator. You can navigate using the keyboard keys, mouse, touch, and pen, and Sticky Notes is now supported in high contrast.
Snip & Sketch
The Snip & Sketch is getting a small update that adds options to delay a snip for up to 10 seconds. Clicking the New button, you’ll see three new options, including “Snip now”, “Snip in 3 seconds”, and “Snip in 10 seconds.”
Editor’s note: This guide includes features and improvements that appeared until Windows 10 build 18237. 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 September 4, 2018, and last updated on September 13, 2018.)