29 March 2017

The next major update to Microsoft Windows 10 will be here soon

Source: Microsoft blog post. Windows 10 will enable mixed realities.
Source: Microsoft blog post. Windows 10 will enable mixed realities.

Microsoft is announcing that the next major update to Windows 10, the Creators Update, will begin rolling out on April 11 to more than 400 million devices running Windows 10 in homes, businesses, and schools.

"We designed Windows 10 to empower the creator in all of us. To us, that means that everyone has the power to dream big, whether that involves starting a company, developing a lesson plan, inventing a product, developing or broadcasting games, or imagining a whole new world in Minecraft or mixed reality. And we want Windows to be the place you love to create and play, with the tools to help you make your mark on the world," said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate VP, Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group in a blog post.

New capabilities coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update include:
  • 3D for everyone - Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will ship the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality-enabled headsets with the Creators Update, starting at just US$299 later this year. These headsets will contain built-in sensors to enable six degrees of freedom, allowing for easy setup and free movement without the need for external markers or sensors in the wall.  

  • "With 3D, we can communicate ideas and express ourselves better, and learn faster because it’s much more representative of the world we live in. The 3D industry is estimated to grow by over 62% by 2020, and we want to empower everyone to experience, create and share in 3D with the Creators Update," said Mehdi.
  • A faster, safer Microsoft Edge browser - in tests, Microsoft Edge blocked 9% more phishing sites and 13% more malware than Chrome*. According to Google’s benchmarks, Microsoft Edge is now faster than Chrome**. Other enhancements include advanced tab management, e-book support, as well as 4K Ultra HD video playback.

  • Additional security and privacy protections - "With the Creators Update, we offer a new service to help you monitor your security, the Windows Defender Security Center. It offers a single dashboard display so you can control your security options from one place – everything from antivirus, network and firewall protection; to assessing your device performance and health; to security controls for your apps and browser; to family safety options. And there’s more: The Device Health Advisor gives you information on the vital signs of your device, and new settings give you more control over app installation. For our business customers, the Creators Update will continue to bring new tools and capabilities that help simplify IT – making it easier to better deploy, manage and support Windows 10 devices – and to help stomp security threats," shared Mehdi.
Additionally, Microsoft announced that Surface Hub customers worldwide will receive the Windows 10 Creators Update for Surface Hub. The update delivers an improved start screen as well as new manageability tools.

Surface Book with the Performance base is now available for pre-order starting in the following Asia markets: mainland China, Hong Kong, and Japan. It will be available for purchase on 20 April.

Surface Studio and Surface Dial will also be available for pre-order in Australia and New Zealand, and will be available for purchase on 27 April.


Watch the Windows 10 Creators Update Coming April 11 video

*Based on a NSS Labs report.

**More information on benchmark here.