Windows 10 Creators Update set to hit PCs on April 11


— 10:00 AM on March 29, 2017

Microsoft's latest major update (don't call it a service pack) for Windows 10, called the Creators Update, will be launching on April 11 according to a post over on the Windows blog. This confirms prior "early April" release rumors and fits with TR's own expectations, given that April 11 is the next "Patch Tuesday."

In case you've been living under a GNU for the last two years, Microsoft has no plans to release a whole new version of Windows anytime soon. Instead, the company is doing rolling updates for Windows 10, with the occasional major update. The last big set of changes was the Anniversary Update back in August of last year.

Besides including all the fixes and features added to Windows 10 since the Anniversary Update, the Creators Update will be adding a bunch of new features of its own. That Game Mode we reported on before should be available, and the new Beam feature brings game streaming to Windows 10's Game Bar. The Paint 3D app we first saw six months ago will be included in the update, too.

Microsoft's Edge browser is learning a couple new tricks like "advanced tab management." That apparently includes tab sharing across signed-in devices, as well as the ability to "set aside" tabs and bring them back up later. Microsoft claims Edge is safer, faster, and uses less battery than Chrome, and also notes that Edge is the only browser that can make use of 4K UHD Netflix. Of course, you'll also have to have a Kaby Lake CPU and be using its integrated graphics processor.

There are a variety of smaller features coming along. A blue-light reduction feature called "night light" will be built into the OS, and "mini view" will let users pin any window, making it always-on-top. Microsoft's also expanding the operating system's parental controls with screen time limits. Windows Hello is getting the ability to automatically lock your device when you step away from it. Users of Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions will have more control over when updates are installed and when the machine restarts after updates. Also, Explorer might start suggesting you acquire a OneDrive subscription.

Finally, the Creators Update is at long last bringing differential updates to Windows. That won't apply to the Creators Update itself, of course. If you're like me, you'll want to simply grab an ISO and do a fresh install with the new version. Microsoft actually had ISOs up yesterday for the 15063 version of Windows 10, which is purportedly the final (or "RTM") version of the Creators Update. However, those links have been pulled as of this writing. If you missed out like I did, you'll have to wait until April 11.

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