Windows Creators Update: All You Need To Know

After much teasing speculation and previews, it’s finally here. The Windows 10 Creators Update is here, it’s free and any users with a Windows 10 PC and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it’s ready.

For people who prefer to get the update manually, go here. There are also some offers highlighted on the blog post on Microsoft.

Why “Creator’s Update”? According to the statement, “Windows 10 is built to empower the creator in all of us.” Well, here’s Microsoft’s run down on the updates itself.

New innovations in the Windows 10 Creators Update include 3D in Windows 10, built-in game broadcasting, new tab management features and more in Microsoft Edge, and enhanced security features such as a new Microsoft privacy dashboard. Microsoft also announced new creativity apps and capabilities on the Surface Dial.

The full details of the updates can be found on their blog, so we’ll just give you an overview of what you can expect. The Creators Update begins rolling out worldwide today.

3D in Windows 10
Paint 3D: You can create or modify 3D objects, change colour or texture, or turn 2D images into 3D online creative community for sharing and discovering, connecting with creators.

Beam game broadcasting: Built in low latency game streaming with no extra software required. No need for additional login.
New section in System Settings: Gaming is an individual section, with the Xbox logo. Four settings options: Game bar, GameDVR, broadcasting, and Game Mode. Game Mode may be easily turned on and off for specific games using the Game bar (Windows key + G).
Game Mode: Dedicating more resources to your game.
Game Bar: More than 80 games added.

Microsoft Edge
Tab preview bar: A visual preview of every tab you have open without leaving your page. You can scroll through the list with touch, mouse wheel, or a touchpad.
Set tabs aside: Two new buttons next to your tabs to help you quickly manage all your tabs. You can preview thumbnails of web pages you set aside, and restore an individual or a collection of web pages to pick up where you left off.
Import favourites from another browser: Import your favourites, browsing history, and other data from another browser. Set this feature under Settings.
Jump List for Microsoft Edge: Launch a new window or new InPrivate window for Microsoft Edge straight from its Taskbar icon. Right-click or swipe up on the Microsoft Edge icon in the Taskbar.
More extensions: Including Ebates, Intel TrueKey, Read & Write, Ghostery, and RoboForm
Web Note: Tap the pen or highlighter in Web Note, and you’ll now see the full set of Windows Ink colours.

Windows Store

Books (US only): new section –  discover and read e-books. Start reading immediately with Microsoft Edge, which supports offline reading without an internet connection. Personalise with custom font sizes, layouts, and themes. Integrated Learning Tools accessibility features like Read Aloud and text spacing. Books is available across Windows 10 devices.
Dolby Atmos app for Windows 10 now available in the Windows Store.

Cortana for Music: Use Cortana to control music playback; Groove now supports the ability to play music by mood, category or activity. (EN-US only) Enabled natural language compatibility for iHeartRadio and TuneIn Radio.
Adding music recognition support to Chinese (Simplified): Recognise music for customers in China. Cortana will listen to whatever music is playing and use Netease to tell you what song it is.
Full screen when Idle: When using “Hey Cortana” while your PC is unlocked and idle, you’ll get a full-screen experience that is optimized for viewing from afar. Activated after 10 seconds or so without touching your PC (available in all Cortana markets).
Pick up where you left off: When you switch computers, Cortana will display quick links in the Action Center to help you easily get back into Microsoft Edge websites and SharePoint (or other cloud-based) documents you used most recently. (EN-US only)

Built in Apps 
will work across Xbox and Windows Mixed Reality
Windows Ink: draw on pictures and videos in the Photos app to make them your own.
Groove: upload music from your PC to OneDrive, make a playlist once for all your devices including Windows, Xbox, Android, iOS, and Sonos.
Movies & TV: Watch 360° videos and hit movies and TV shows in 4K or HD. New 360° video content from partners like GoPro, Baobab Studios,, LIFE VR, and NextVR. The mini view lets you keep an ever-present small window on top of what you’re doing. Multitask!
Night light: Lower the amount of blue light emitted from your PC at night. Settings to turn this functionality on or off in Settings > System > Display.
Mixed Reality: Developers can create with Windows Mixed Reality dev kits. Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will ship the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality-enabled headsets later this year, starting at $299 USD. (Approx RM 1400)

Windows Defender Security Center: Single dashboard display gives you visibility of your device security, health, and online safety. Control your security options from one place – everything from anti-virus, network, and firewall protection; to assessing your device performance and health; to security controls for your apps and browser; to family safety options.
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP): For enterprise customers, Windows Security Center will link to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, via the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, to allow IT administrators to easily follow an attack across endpoints and email in a seamless and integrated way.
Dynamic Lock: Windows Hello can use any paired iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone to detect when you step away from your PC or tablet, automatically locking it behind you for an extra measure of security and privacy. This feature works with smartphones, fitness bands, or any device that’s paired to your PC or tablet.
Privacy settings: Privacy dashboard will let you see and manage your activity data across multiple services. Simplifies Diagnostic data collection from three levels to two: Basic and Full, and further reduces the data collected at the Basic level.

Skype: new features such as mini view, SMS relay for Windows Phone, and Skype Translator for calls to mobile phones and landlines. Share screens, photos, videos, documents, and files (up to 300MB). Say “hello” with an instant message, voice or video call, all for free.


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