Windows 10 will get its next major update on April 11, Microsoft announced Wednesday. Already in preview for a number of months, the Creators Update contains features aimed at creative professionals as well as the average user, and will roll out in waves to the general public via Windows Update.
What’s In It
The Creators Update is the first version of Windows 10 to include the Windows Mixed Reality interface, which will ultimately allow users to purchase relatively affordable VR headsets and use them with the operating system. While many of the promised headsets have yet to hit the market, developers have already begun tinkering with prototypes provided by Acer and other partner companies.
A new 3D Paint app that comes with the operating system will allow users to create three-dimensional objects.
Microsoft has also included new gaming features, including Game Mode–a setting that optimizes performance for gaming–and Beam streaming.
Users will see improvements to Microsoft Edge, including tabs with image previews and better security. And a new Cortana-guided setup process will give users more control over their privacy settings.
Microsoft has released a video detailing a bevy of new features for its Edge Browser in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. It’s the latest move in Redmond’s effort to make Edge competitive with Google Chrome and other popular browsers.
Here are a few of the highlights:
Better tab management
Users who like to keep dozens of tabs open at once will appreciate new tab management features that allow them to view thumbnails of all their open tabs. They can also set aside a group of tabs to look at later, reducing clutter without losing access to their past browsing.
Already available on Chrome and Firefox, WebVR uses a combination of VR device and browser to make virtualy reality experiences available on the web. Including it is part of Microsoft’s increased focus on virtual and augmented reality.
Users can now purchase eBooks from the Windows Store and view them on Edge, with Microsoft promising to expand the range of content available.
More, better extensions
Microsoft has made updates to the Edge Extension Toolkit for porting, extensions debugging and interoperability, and is touting a significantly greater number of APIs available to extension developers.
Microsoft Wallet integration
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Want to learn a bit more about what’s coming in the Windows 10 Creators Update? Microsoft is hosting a free, live web event for developers February 8.
The four-event will include several substantive sessions on new developer tools and APIs, followed by a Q&A with Microsoft VP of Windows Developer Platform Kevin Gallo and others from the Windows 10 engineering team.
Here’s what to expect, from the event announcement:
See what’s new with Windows developer tooling: UWP tooling, Bash, Developer mode, and more.
Learn about the latest XAML advancements and how UWP helps you build Windows apps that are more personal and productive.
Hear the developer story behind the recent announcements of Cortana skills and the new Windows mixed-reality headsets.
There’s also a session on everyone’s favorite topic: how to make your app successful in the Windows Store.
The Windows 10 Creators Update set to release in April will have a ‘game mode’ that optimizes performance for gaming. While details are slim so far, the new mode will support both Universal Windows Platform and Win32 games.
“Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter,” Microsoft’s Xbox lead Mike Ybarra wrote in a blog post Friday.
Some have speculated that Game Mode is really part of Microsoft’s effort to integrate Windows 10 and XBox One, essentially taking standards like 4K resolution that are part of the latest Xbox dev kits, and applying them to Windows 10. You can read more about this theory on WindowsCentral.
Users will also soon be able to stream games with Beam on both Windows 10 and Xbox One, Ybarra wrote.
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