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  • Here’s what’s really new in the next version of Win10, probably called version 1903

    Posted on January 28th, 2019 at 14:11 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Chris Hoffman at How-To Geek has a very thorough review of the new features coming in the next version of the last version of Windows 10.

    The coming version has been known as “version 19H1,” as the “April 2019 Update,” and as “Gravestone 6” (OK, I made that one up – long ago it was called Redstone 6, but there aren’t any more Redstones). There’s no official name yet, but internal hints point at “version 1903.” (Thx, @teroalhonen)

    Here’s the shortlist:

    • Less obtrusive Spectre Fixes
    • 7 GB reserved for updates on all machines
    • Win10 Home gets “Pause updates” — not much but arguably better than nothing. “Pause updates” isn’t all that useful — you have to know in advance that you want to pause; you only get 7 days — no extensions — after which all of the pending patches install in a whoosh; and there’s no warning that the storm’s coming. A sop to Cerberus. Microsoft hasn’t announced the feature, but it’s still in the beta, which is now long in the tooth.
    • Sandbox – which is great if you’re testing software, but I doubt that it’ll see much use for normal people.
    • Redesigned Start menu – Candy Crush is still there.
    • The ability to uninstall a few more built-in apps without using PowerShell
    • Cortana and Search are getting a long-overdue divorce.
    • Phone based 2FA for logins
    • Better Mary Jo mode. Er, Notepad.

    … and at that point I fell asleep.

    Take a look and tell me, honestly, if this list of features is worth the pain of a complete re-install.