Windows 10 Creators Update – Coming April 11 2017
Windows 10 Creators Update is due to start rolling out to PCs on April 11th. Despite all the fuss, this isn’t a major update to Windows. New stuff includes a 3D Paint program, new features for gaming (particularly with Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, the live game streaming site, – Beam), and some enhancements to the Edge browser.
April 11th sees the latest update to Windows 10 from Microsoft – the Creators Update. There’s been a fair amount of hype about what’s included in this update but the fact is, most users won’t see much change.
The good old Microsoft Paint gets a new companion in the Creators Update, 3D Paint. This will allow you to create 3D scenes to save and share. It works alongside the Remix 3D site (also from Microsoft) which allows you to import pre-made models into your latest digital masterpiece. To be honest, we think this will probably be a bit of fun for some people but most users won’t bother with it. Any serious 3D artists will already have their own specialised tools.
Gaming & Beam
Live game streaming is popular these days, with the most popular service being Twitch. Basically, you can watch someone play a game in realtime and interact with the player – fun to do and useful if you’re stuck on a particular part of a game. Microsoft recently a rival company, Beam. They’re including the Beam technology into the Creators Update to appeal to gamers of all ages. Got an Xbox? You’ll probably enjoy this. Not got a Xbox? You won’t miss anything.
The Edge browser
There are two types of Windows Users – those who use the Edge browser (no, not connected with the guitarist from U2!), and those who don’t. The latter camp forms the large majority.
However, if you do use Edge to surf the internet, there are a few useful additions. There is new tab management if you’re one of the many who like to have multiple tabs open in the browser. You can now set aside tabs for later use (basically hide them all as temporary bookmarks under one tab). Microsoft also claim that the new Edge browser will be faster and safer than Chrome (at least until Chrome gets updated again). Interesting how Microsoft compare Edge to Chrome and not Internet Explorer or Firefox. That speaks volumes about the popularity of Chrome.
Some other enhancements to Windows being publicised by Microsoft include:
- Night Light – the screen automatically changes the brightness and hue to protect your eyes at night.
- Mini View – Picture in Picture coming to your desktop so you can have a mini window on top of whatever you’re doing.
- Screen Time Limits – parental control for Windows so you can stop your kids using the PC all night.
- Windows Hello – use your phone (via bluetooth) to unlock your PC. Probably most useful for those who work in an office environment.
- Additional Security – improvements in Windows Defender and privacy settings.
If you’re a Windows 10 user you should get the update automatically through the internet either on or shortly after April 11th.
Visit Microsoft to find out more: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/03/29/windows-10-creators-update-coming-april-11-surface-expands-markets