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The Windows 10 October 2018 update will be available starting Tuesday, October 2. Windows and Devices VP Yusuf Mehdi announced the new operating system’s immediate availability at a Microsoft event the same day in New York, where new Surface hardware was also announced. Check out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update blog post and “What’s New” companion blog post for more information, or start jamming that Check for updatesbutton.

This update doesn’t include as many standout features as Microsoft’s prior cornerstone Windows 10 revisions, but you’ll still find some nifty extras for PC enthusiasts. Improvements include:

  • A dark theme for File Explorer
  • The ability to send texts from your PC via a “Your Phone” companion app
  • The ability to see your clipboard history and sync your clipboard across multiple devices
  • A slick new Snip & Sketch screenshot tool that supports annotations
  • The arrival of the SwiftKey virtual keyboard on desktops
  • …and more!

Mark Hachman, PCWorld’s Microsoft beat editor, is on the ground at the event. Stay tuned for more information about the new Surface devices. We’ve already combed through the October 2018 Update via Insider Builds and will be posting our in-depth review soon as well.

Editor’s note: This article was updated to confirm DirectX Raytracing support.