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Imminent Windows 10 feature update dubbed the 'April Update'

Imminent Windows 10 feature update dubbed the 'April Update'

First spotted by WindowsLatest, this welcome page illustrates some of the major features included in the new update.

Anyone who has ever managed computers that see a lot of public contact knows they have to be locked down, and Windows 10 Lean seems designed for that particular goal. This particular edition started shipping with the release of Windows 10 for those in the Skip Ahead build of Windows 10.

If you're anxious about getting a new PC that runs Windows 10 in its locked-down 10 S mode, which doesn't allow you to install applications outside of the Microsoft Store, then the good news is it appears the process of switching to a full version of Windows 10 will be pretty simple.

It's nothing that's going to set the world on fire, but considering many of Windows 10's users got the OS for free after upgrading from Windows 7 and 8, it's nice to still be benefiting from regular updates.




It is not immediately clear what Microsoft plans to do with this particular release of Windows 10. The non-security update is distributed via Windows Update and other updating services, and available as a standalone download from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Our hunch is that Microsoft is building a more barebones version of Windows 10 for lower power laptops and 2-in-1 devices, and not necessarily ones aimed at teachers and students. It being stripped down to the bare essentials implies that it could be a good fit for low-powered devices, but the lack of user-friendly features, such as wallpapers, indicate that it might be targeted at enterprise users. Lucan points out that this version does not include the normal restrictions that are usually found in Windows 10 S version.

Users will be hoping that this update has laid the groundwork for the impending Spring Creators Update (or April Update, or 1803, or whatever Microsoft ends up calling it) in the next few weeks and not broken anything else. Big changes are also coming to the Game Bar, Cortana, and Edge, among others. This has made the full Windows 10 unsuitable for a phone.


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