Windows 10's next major update arrives April 11

The Creators Update is the first big update that Microsoft planned to release in 2017 after the Anniversary update released previous year.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has not revealed when it plans to officially roll out the Windows 10 Creators Update to the general public, but we have to mention that this version of the operating system was released for the Windows Insider fast and slow rings last week. And unfortunately, it looks like it won't be arriving anytime soon.

Microsoft officials still are not commenting in any way on the Cloud version of the Creators Update, which is a version of the product that can only run Windows Store apps and will be upgradable to Windows 10 Pro. 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 says that the Creators Update will start rolling out in a phased manner, starting 11 April, to the 400 million monthly active devices globally.

"The Creators Update is created to spark and unleash creativity", says Microsoft on their blog, "bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling every gamer to be a broadcaster". The first devices to support Windows' take on MR, a set of VR headsets made by partners like Acer, won't be launching until this holiday season.

Other features that will be coming with the update include a "Night Light" feature which adds a blue-light filter on the display. In other news it has announced the Surface Book, Surface Studio, and Surface Dial are going to be available in many more territories with pre-orders already open. The Gaming section now includes options like the Game Bar, Game DVR and Game Mode.

Creators Update is a massive leap for Microsoft.

Microsoft killed its generous free Windows 10 upgrade offer back on 29 July 2016, offering up a small window of opportunity for those who missed it in the form of the Windows 10 assistive technology upgrade.

The build number that Microsoft is expected to roll out to mainstream users beginning April 11 is 15063 (the build that shall not be called "RTM", but which really is RTM, as in "release to mainstream"), along with a number of subsequent fixes and updates which will be installed along with the RTM code.

An important part of the Creators Update is 3D which is underlined with both Paint 3D and the release of Windows Mixed Reality-enabled headsets that according to Microsoft, "enable immersive experiences that blur the lines between the physical and virtual worlds". Mehdi said new features, such as security improvements, the ability to group tabs and some behind-the-scenes power improvements to make Edge easier on battery life could help convince Windows users to switch.

Microsoft has revealed their second big update to the Xbox One in 2016 and as well as bringing Cortana to the console there's also plenty of incredible new features to improve your Xbox One gaming experience. "For Windows 10, you can even get a report telling you what your child played each week", frothed Yusuf. It takes the simplicity of the classic Paint app and literally transfers it into another dimension, letting you click, tap or draw to create your own 3D models. Microsoft also expands the parental controls with screen time limits.

  • Joey Payne