New Windows 10 update adds Ray-Tracing support

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The Windows 10 update for October is live, bringing with it new features like Your Phone, which simplifies interactions with Android devices, changes to the To-Do app, updates to Outlook.com, and more.

The PC will never be dead but the PC's OS has been in a mortal state of decline, by design, ever since Windows 8 entered the market with that TIFKAM UI that's still there for windows 10, alongside UWP/other APP oriented OS Shells/Environments that will be replacing the desktop with an actual Phone/Taplet non desktop OS/App ecosystem after 2020. This feature is available on Android via the Microsoft Launcher app and is coming soon to iPhone.

If you've turned on your Windows 10 PC today, you've probably been hassled at least three times by now that it's time for another big old update - specifically, the Windows 10 October update. Via Your Phone you can text your friends and group message from the comfort of your PC keyboard.


The addition of DXR support extends beyond games, too: As well as allowing developers to add ray tracing capabilities to their engines without having to rebuild anything from scratch, Microsoft's implementation allows non-gaming applications to accelerate ray tracing workloads - which spells good news for the computer aided design (CAD) industry.

Microsoft has announced that its Windows 10 October 2018 is now available for all users. It used to be a weird guessing game with previous versions, but hopefully the new feature should give you a better idea of what apps to kill or get rid of entirely if they're misbehaving. Microsoft has been talking for a while about DirectX-level support, and the new Windows update delivers. DXR introduces four new features that enable game builders to implement ray tracing into their upcoming and existing games. It can also tell you which apps are using the most battery on your laptop.

Windows 10 October Update now comes with 157 new emoji thanks to Unicode 11.


Microsoft have also made their Windows 10 Game Mode easier to use as well, which should hopefully result in fewer interruptions when you're mid-game. However it started downloading the update and I am now being prompted to schedule a restart to install it...

To update your PC, you can simply check for new updates using Windows Update, or you can wait for the monthly Patch Tuesday implementation and you'll get it eventually.

"To ensure a seamless experience, we are blocking devices from being offered Windows 10 version 1809, until updated Intel device drivers are installed on your current operating system". This is possible by checking for updates in Settings Update & Security Windows Update. To do this click in the search box in the taskbar, type "Check for updates", and once in the control panel click the "Check for updates" option.


According to Intel, the issue is with 6th Generation (codenamed Skylake) or newer processors, however, Microsoft hasn't specified which devices are being blocked from receiving the latest update.

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