Microsoft revealed Windows 10 Creators Update – the next big extension to its software product line. The Windows 10 Creators Update–also known as Redstone 2 and is due to hit PCs in Spring 2017. The company didn’t provide an actual release date, but early 2017 is almost here. As its name suggest, the update is meant to meet the needs of creative Windows users, that’s practically anyone using a computer. Like other updates to Windows 10, it is free, and includes a host of new features.
The Creators update includes a variety of other important features, many of which Microsoft did not announce at the event. Here is what we already know about:
OneDrive File Placeholders:
Windows 8.1 introduced ‘placeholder’ files for that OneDrive–files that appeared in File Explorer but were actually stored in the cloud and only downloaded when you really needed them. Microsoft removed this feature in Windows 10, but an ‘on-demand sync’ feature looks likely to arrive in Windows 10 to replace it.
Skype SMS Forwarding:
Skype now supports SMS forwarding, enabling you to send and receive text messages from computer, similar to iMessage on macOS. Unfortunately, this only works if you’re also using Skype Preview app on a Windows 10 Phone.
When you uninstall built-in apps like Mail and Maps, they will not automatically be reinstalled when you upgrade Windows. Windows will now respect your choice. You can always reinstall those apps from Store, if you want them.
Windows 10 is getting a ‘Blue Light’ feature, that works similarly to the venerable f.lux utility. Many OS have been adding this feature lately, including iOS with the Night Shift and Android with the Night Mode.
A New Windows Defender Interface:
Microsoft will also overhauling Windows Defender’s interface in the Creators Update, replacing the old desktop application with a modern ‘Universal Windows Platform’ app which looks more at home on Windows 10.
The Xbox app is gaining support for the custom tournaments. Create a tournament and your friends can join it, playing on either Windows 10 PC or Xbox One if an Xbox Live-enabled game runs on the both platforms.
File Explorer Notifications:
File Explorer is gaining a new ‘product education feature’ which provides information about Windows features in your file manager. You can also disable these notifications though, if you like.
Microsoft Edge Improvements:
Microsoft Edge now allows you to ‘snooze’ tabs. Snooze a tab and it’ll close temporarily. Later, Cortana will pop up with a reminder telling you to check out that website again. It is a way to remember websites for later without keeping the tabs open forever. Edge will also enable you to export your favorites to an HTML file.
Improved PIN Login:
When signing in with a numerical PIN, you do not have to worry about pressing the Num Lock key. The PIN field will behave as if the Num Lock key is always enabled. So no more fighting with Num Lock!
Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 10 Updates:
The Windows Subsystem for Linux now supports the Ubuntu 16.04. In the Anniversary Update, it only supports Ubuntu 14.04. Windows applications can also be launched from Bash shell, too, making it more flexible.
Wi-Fi Control Improvements:
When you disable your Wi-Fi, you can configure it to automatically turn on in an hour, in four hours, or in one day. By default, it’ll be kept disabled until you manually re-enable it.
Action Center Improvements:
Quick Action icons for quickly controlling settings have also been improved. In addition, you will find volume and brightness sliders directly in the Action Center, making it easier to adjust the settings.
‘Pick Up Where I Left Off’, or ‘Flow’:
Microsoft is working on a new Cortana feature which will prompt you to synchronize apps between your devices–for example, it could offer to open tabs you’ve open on your phone when you sit down at a PC. It is similar in concept to Apple’s Continuity feature, which works between macOS and iOS.
More Interface Color Options:
The Personalization screen now has a color picker, enabling you to choose any interface and window titlebar color. On the previous versions of Windows 10, you can select from a handful of available colors.