Microsoft has announced its third major update for Windows 10, the Creators Update, which will launch into the wild and roll out to 400 million users on 11 April. And unfortunately, it looks like it won't be arriving anytime soon.
Although it will likely be of little value to enterprise customers, one new feature that has captured attention is the changes to the classic Microsoft Paint app. As we shared in October, we envision the functionality being available across platforms, and we're working to bring to mobile devices in the future.
Microsoft's Creators Update for Windows 10 will start rolling out to PCs on April 11. One curios Insider recently came across a series of interesting update options. "The Creators Update is created to spark and unleash creativity, bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling every gamer to be a broadcaster", said Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate Vice President for the Windows and Devices Group. This is a dedicated section in the Windows 10 settings panel, which users can turn on and drain the last bits out of their hardware for an improved gaming experience. As the name implies, the Creators Update includes new tools for people who make and consume media on their PCs, including a new Paint3D app that updates Microsoft's classic drawing tool to create three-dimensional models. The browser will also be able to open eBooks from the Windows Store across all of your Windows 10 devices, and it will support 4K UHD Netflix streams of movies and TV shows.
The Creators Update also adds a bluelight filter which should help to sleep better by reducing the blue light emitted by the display, something already popular amongst smartphone users. It is expected that Microsoft will engage once again in a staged rollout of the update similar to its earlier update iterations and the Windows 10 upgrade itself. Chief among them is a new Game Mode for Windows 10 PCs that prioritizes system resources to a game.
Microsoft's Xbox gaming app has also been more tightly integrated into Windows 10, with it now offering a "Game Mode" which ensures background tasks and operations not needed for the gaming task at hand are shut down to ensure maximum performance is directed at the gaming experience. Parental management features have also gotten better with the ability to restrict screen time limits for Windows 10 and also across Xbox One and individual games.
If you do need to update, open the Settings app (the cog icon on the Start menu) and go to Update & security. You won't get upgraded super-fast, but it'll be a lot quicker than two weeks.
You'll still be able to use your Oculus Rift and HTC Vive through apps when the update hits, but neither headset has announced plans to integrate with the OS itself at this time.