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Apr 30 2018

Windows 10 Version 1803 Has Landed

It's been said many times that few things help to draw attention to a scheduled product update as much as a little ritardando. Anyone who's ever waited for a refresh of a favorite console game knows exactly what we're talking about. Perhaps this explains why Microsoft's PR team didn't seem too concerned about the bug that held up the release of the original Redstone 4 build and obviously necessitated a major rewrite.

Today, the fixed version finally arrived as a regular feature update that was added to the ordinary update cycle – a good week ahead of next month's Patch Tuesday and still early enough to justify its moniker Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Following a slightly prolonged "Springwatch" period, this means users will not have to create their own installation media (as a few of our sources and we had speculated), but may instead follow the standard path of clicking Settings > Update and Security > Update. Once the upgrade has finished successfully, your machine will tell you it's running Windows Version 1803, build 17134.1.

Even more comforting is the news that unlike previous functional updates, this refresh will not block a device for hours on end: On a reasonably equipped PC with broadband connection, the download and installation should last somewhere between 30 and 45 minutes, which looks pretty acceptable considering the size and scope of the task at hand. After all, it's an OS update and not a selection of relatively targeted security patches. System and network administrators may shorten the time required to update systems in their custody by using the BranchCache bandwidth optimization feature or Delivery Optimization, the cloud-based, self-organizing distributed cache that allows clients to download those packages from alternate sources such as other peers on the network instead of Redmond's own update servers.

Finally, as the cherry on top, Microsoft has indicated it's rather happy with the quality of the refresh, as the company now urges developers to start writing code for the new platform.


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workplace protect + windows 1803
May 08, 2018, 11:54 Arvydas
Upgrade to windows 1803 reported that workplace protect is not compatible with latest windows version - any ideas when Fujitsu will release windows hello compatible drivers for palmsecure?
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