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.
Ars Technica has called the Creators Update “quite a small major update,” and there’s some truth to that. However, the update does signal Microsoft’s increased interest in 3D, mixed reality and gaming, and sets the stage for developers to innovate in those areas.
A recent Windows Developer Day provided insight on the Creators Update from a developer’s perspective; if you missed it, you can check out the keynote here.
XBox Creators Update Hits Consoles
In a parallel rollout, the Xbox One Creators Update is now generally available, according to Thurrott.com. Like the Windows 10 Creators Update, it supports Beam streaming. It also includes an option for parents to set screen time limits, as well as a ‘copilot’ feature that allows two gamers to control the same console simultaneously.
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