My take on the Windows 10 Creators Update

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 26, 2016
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft revealed the name of the upcoming Windows 10 update today; the Windows 10 Creators Update will be out in 2017 (likely March).

The company revealed several upcoming features of Windows 10 Creators Update today. While those events get me excited usually, this one in particular did not.

Remember the 3D Builder app that Windows 10 ships with? The announcement felt a lot like that app. Interesting, but nothing that I will ever make use of.

I'm not the role model of all Windows 10 users, and it is certainly the case that users will find some or even all of the new features and improvements useful.

Windows 10 Creators Update

new microsoft paint

Lets take a look first at what Microsoft revealed today.  The first new feature put the focus on 3D which Microsoft said is "for everyone". The company highlighted the new Paint application which we covered a while ago, and demonstrated how to take 3D Photos and use them in Paint and other applications such as Minecraft or PowerPoint, and how easy it is for users to share their 3D creations on Facebook.

3D images can also be viewed with Hololens. Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update will be compatible with various VR masks created by companies like Dell, HP, Asus, Lenovo and Acer.

The second feature that Microsoft revealed focused on gaming, or more precisely on game broadcasting.

Microsoft plans to ship the Windows 10 Creators Update with native game broadcasting (powered by Beam which Microsoft acquired in August). Windows 10 gamers may use it to stream videos of games that they play, making things easier than they are currently.

Another new gaming related feature is the ability to create custom gaming tournaments. The feature is called Arena and part of Xbox Live.

The third new feature is a concentration on human connections and people. This leaked earlier as well, and what it does basically is add face icons of important key people to the Taskbar.

You can share files with those people using drag and drop, or interact with them in other ways directly from the taskbar.

My Take

What Microsoft revealed today is likely just a tiny fraction of what is coming with the Creators Update. At least, I hope that is the case as the features that were highlighted are of no use to me.

The 3D feature may appeal to some users, but I doubt that it has mass market appeal. This may change in the future but I cannot see this getting a lot of traction in the coming years.

Game streaming is popular and Microsoft could grab a share of the market if it does it right. Not something that I will use personally but I can see it become popular with part of the gaming community.

It all depends on game and platform support, monetization options, speed, reliability, performance, game support and a lot more. Considering that some games suggest to turn of the DVR functionality of Windows 10 to avoid performance drops in games, it is an area that Microsoft needs to improve a lot before it has a chance to become mainstream or a contender.

The People in the Taskbar feature is not my cup of tea either. Not only is it a bit creepy if some people look at you all the time -- think of your mum watching you doing things on the PC -- it is also just a shortcut to interact with people.

I can see this being useful in a business context where you may be in contact with a small group of people regularly. Still, this is not something that I plan to use and I hope there are options to turn these features off.

Now You: What's your take on the features revealed for the Windows 10 Creators Update?

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  1. slap said on January 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

    If windows is so bad then why are all of you on it? do not use it if you hate it.Same way many complain about the USA but yet all want to be here. People complain about MS but majority by far us it for all its worth. Till something better and more universal comes along then there is little choice. this is why people always bitch about MS but still us it. MS is like wal-mart, we have little choice and they know it.

  2. peter O said on November 9, 2016 at 12:25 am

    I can’t understand Ann’s comment?
    Were we not expressing views on how or why MS continues to pursue the
    “lets piss off as many of our loyal customers as possible”?

  3. Mikhoul said on October 28, 2016 at 3:20 am


  4. Peter O said on October 28, 2016 at 1:14 am

    The surprising thing is that MS people are supposed to be smart. So you have to wonder from what level in the organisation all this crap is conceived. Doe the cleaner have a say or is it all board room direction?
    Surely its plain my now (after win 2000, win Millenium, win Vista & win 8/8.1) that the main body of users want stability & bug free systems that can be easily restored when things do go wrong & have a consistent operating protocol..
    These users typically are serious home office users & business users.
    God alone knows to whom (the slower than Win 7), win 10 is aimed.
    They did one smart thing however; they lured us in with “it’s free”.

    1. Ann said on November 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      well indeed Apple is for the noobs, windows was for the would be’s, Linux for the nerds. and Apple for the wizkids who can overcome Apple’s dictatorship.
      but as Linux became more and more user friendly , so thought Microsoft they had to shift focus to the more computer-illiterate.
      so instead of making a better product they went on noobifying.

  5. ausca said on October 27, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    For me Windows 7 will be my last – I will start migrating everything I need to Linux. I don’t like the tile interface, being spied upon and the corporate arrogance behind it. I don’t fancy being herded like Apple sheep. This bling does nothing to change that view.

  6. EuroScept1C said on October 27, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    At this point the only “features” I care about are only improvements and as bug-free as possible. I’m pretty sure they can make Windows running even more efficient and with even less bugs. Keep adding needless features and Windows will never be as bug-free as possible can, especially like Windows 7 which at this point is working perfectly.

    1. Ann said on November 3, 2016 at 11:55 am

      offcource they can do that , that’s why the spyware is there, to help them solve the bug.

      Well at least that was the initial purpose of the spyware, but alas it turned into more advertising and data mining.

  7. Argent said on October 27, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Still no ability to completely disable all spying and telemetry, still no interest for me.

  8. Bobo said on October 27, 2016 at 2:39 am

    After Windows 8 I wondered if they can mess things up any worse. Along came Windows 10 and whoaaaa they went to mess up level umpteen. Now this latest garbage ups that level even more. Microsoft are just like Homer Simpson the car designer. Please Redmond, never stop innovating =) it’s an endless source of humor. I suggest they make a Surface drone next, so Cortana can follow you around everywhere. Or maybe VR 3D botched updates? While wearing the headset one can grab a cumulative botch-bomb and tilt the Surface Studio display forward , then really shove the update deep up the system.

    1. NOYFB said on February 28, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Windows 10 is a MASSIVE step up from 8.

      I hate 10 and hated 8 more…so your credibility is out the door as you said 10 is worse than 8..

      No more decision-making for you. Someone needs to do that for you….perhaps your babysitter!

  9. buck said on October 27, 2016 at 2:17 am

    Microsoft is like a pedo trying to lure the ignorant and gullible with sweets and treats before completely and utterly defiling their privacy.

    I am genuinely amazed at the technological ignorance and apathy of the current generation.

    1. 420 said on October 27, 2016 at 3:24 am

      I do not think m$ was that bad until they hired that synofsky idiot and did the whole win8 two os’s in one, then it went to shit. Now it is just stupid and annoying. Forced me to learn unix, thankyou m$.

  10. Henk van Setten said on October 27, 2016 at 1:31 am

    This is the first time in my life I feel pity for Microsoft. You know, it’s really moving, they’re trying so hard. They honestly want to do their best.

    So let’s all help them with our own free creative suggestions for some more great ideas!

    Like, to keep people awake and alert at their desks, I think they should force a huge blinking dancing animated GIF advertisement onto us all, as the new default Windows screen-wide wallpaper. For most Windows editions this feature should of course be non-removable, pushed to us by Windows Update in a new and more psychedelic version every few days. Oh and at random times, Cortana should start singing a cute and funny advertising song that’s in sync with the wallpaper’s flashing and blinking. Shall we call this something like Microsoft XDesk KeepALive?

    Gee, I see I just got a job offer from Redmond.

  11. Anonymous said on October 27, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Under Windows in my opinion the only creative tool we need is the UltraUXThemePatcher.

  12. Anonymous said on October 27, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Is it possible to redesign Windows 10 to make it look like Windows XP with that 3D Creators tool ?

  13. George said on October 27, 2016 at 12:12 am

    Totally agree, there’s absolutely *nothing* regarding Desktop Computing. We’re totally out of fashion.

  14. alucardo said on October 26, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Yup the comments are as expected, i wasn’t disappointed. Gloom, doom, turn it all off, and get off my lawn.

    1. Velocity.Wave said on October 29, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      So Alucardo, how about throwing a more helpful comment our way then?

      Do you have any positive things to say, and elaborate about Windows 10, and the newly announced features, and what you think about them?

  15. Corky said on October 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Now we’ve had the good as Microsoft see things we just need to wait 5 months for the bad to trickle out. ;)

  16. Jeff said on October 26, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    Not interested. I am glad actually that I don’t work in the IT industry where the technology that you start liking and using is constantly being traded and taken away from you by the latest hipster technology that may not be necessarily better and is often irrelevant to you or completely different from how you liked it.

    1. Ann said on November 3, 2016 at 11:50 am

      could not agree more

    2. Ingo said on October 28, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Excellent observation; deeply and full heartedly supported from my end.

  17. WAKEY WAKEY said on October 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    MICROSOFT – Long time gone
    MOZILLA – Gone
    NON-GNU LINUX – The next to go, thanks to Redhat(C) and sYSTEMd by POETTERING(TM)

  18. Oxa said on October 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Microsoft has really turned its back on its largest group of users: business/office/professional users. I can imagine corporate IT departments rolling their eyes at all of the bling in Windows 10.

  19. The Flash said on October 26, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Since games perform like shit on Windows 10 compared to Windows 7, I still think Windows 10 is far from being ready for gamers.

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