Microsoft Launcher gets a milestone 5.0 update with Windows Timeline support

James Marshall
October 4, 2018

Microsoft has carried out several updates to Edge in this Windows release include themes and design refinements. If you install the Microsoft Launcher on your Android device, you are now able to access your Timeline - the new way to keep track of what you're working on and when, which debuted with the April update of Windows 10.

Naturally, support for the new tech is limited, with only three games with API support right now - and two of those games aren't even out yet. Once you select Windows 10 and your download language, you'll be given the option to obtain either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. But it also means that the company has updated the set of files that the update tool can grab from their servers. Now you can surf your files and media the same way you surf the new Shacknews - in the dark! The clipboard will sync between Windows devices (but they need to have the October 2018 update or later). So if you don't get the update for a month, there's a chance Microsoft is actually trying to save you from headaches.

Since before abandoning its Windows Phone/Mobile platform earlier in the year, Microsoft has been eyeing Android as a spiritual replacement, with most core Windows functionality transferred into Android apps. One example of this is the Your Phone app which makes it possible to view your Android phone's photos on your computer, as well as viewing and sending text messages from the comfort of Windows 10. For now, you're enrolled in the Windows Insider Program then you can download the update from the Microsoft Store. When the tool get to the actual update phase, you'll get a progress indicator, but no ETA.


Version 1809 brings in an overhauled Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) security system with a new user interface, interactive threat analytics reports, and custom detection queries. Today marks a key milestone in making this dream a reality: gamers now have access to both the OS and hardware to support real-time raytracing in games.

The company did add that users should check first with their computer manufacturer and use the driver software that they provide to avoid any issues. Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Battlefield V are expected to be among the first titles to make use of this new technology.

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