Windows 10 October Update features ray tracing support

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Microsoft releases these updates twice a year, and they're packed with too many new features and changes in one place - especially when most of them probably won't be noticed by the majority of PC users. And, hey, maybe you'll learn something new that you can incorporate into your daily routine. Setting it up is surprisingly simple: install the "Your Phone Companion" app on your Android device, log in to your Microsoft account and give it permission to access your photos and text messages. The company relies on that API for its RTX graphics cards' ray tracing capabilities, so it promptly released the GeForce Game Ready 416.16 WHQL driver for Windows 10. This number should be associated with the Android phone you wish to mirror on your Windows 10 PC.

You can check out how to set it up here.

Then there's Windows Timeline on Phone that performs a similar function and lets you find websites and files across devices. Microsoft says that it's coming to iPhone at some point soon as well. The clipboard now has cloud support, allowing for the easy transfer of files or documents between multiple systems, without the need to login to each one. The Task Manager now shows you the power usage of each process on your Windows 10 device and there's another column called "Power Usage Trend" that shows you the longer-term trend. The bad news is that it may take technical assistance to recreate your profile and retrieve the user files if you're not tech savvy.

The new clipboard experience allows you to access your clipboard history, pin items you commonly use, and copy content across devices.

It might not be the most feature-rich app on Windows 10, but the Your Phone app will prove incredibly useful for those of us who are constantly bouncing between our phones and our computers. This is something Apple's MacOS has been able to do for ages.

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There's also a Reddit thread full of users complaining about the issue. Upon launching the Your Phone app, I saw a note that said I needed to approve the new machine on my phone.

HDR is created to bring better contrast and colours to content that supports it. Windows 10 was meant to support it, but it rarely worked properly. I've had this app tell me I'm on "the latest version" even when I'm not. Of course you have to jump into Microsoft's ecosystem with their own to-do lists, Edge browser, and Bing, but if you're willing to make that jump it's a great alternative to the default Google ecosystem on Android.

The last Windows 10 Update released on April introduced Timeline which allowed you to go as far as 30 days back to see what you did on your computer. Manipulating your snipped content beyond simple highlighter markups is now possible with the new tool. But before you go off and take time to manually update your operating system, you might be wondering why you should bother.

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