Microsoft confirmed today that the next feature update for the company's Windows 10 operating system, the Fall creators Update, will be out on October 17th, 2017.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that the next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update, we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative.
Lenovo did leak the release date earlier today in a press release, but edited the release afterwards to remove the date from it. Considering that Microsoft confirmed the date today, Lenovo might edit the release a second time to add the official date to it again.
The official blog post on the Windows Blog by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group, highlights some of the new features of the Fall Creators Update, and some products that take advantage of them.
Here are the highlights according to Microsoft:
- Windows Inking: Smart Ink uses artificial intelligence to improve the inking experience. Also, you may ink directly on PDF documents, and use the new Windows Find my Pen feature to find the pen if you have misplaced it.
- Photos and Videos: The Photos application has been redesigned, and you may tell "stories with photos, videos, music, 3D and even inking" using it.
- OneDrive: Files on demand make a comeback.
- Gaming: Game Mode has been updated, and new Xbox Play Anywhere games are coming including Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead.
- Security: Windows Defender features new defenses against ransomware and exploits.
- Accessibility: New Eye Control feature to control Windows using eye movement and interaction.
- Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mixed Reality headsets will be available on October 17 starting at $299. Promises easier setup and handling, as it comes with just a headset that you need to plug into the PC.
Microsoft hardware partners announced a whole range of new devices, and Microsoft choose to highlight some on the Windows blog.
- Lenovo Yoga 920 2-in-1 -- supports far-field microphones, Lenovo Active Pen, and optional USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Dock.
- Acer Switch 7 Black edition -- another 2-in-1 notebook with discrete graphics and an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia MX150 graphics.
- Dell Inspiron 7000 -- Dell's 2-in-1 is available in 13 and 15 inches with a standard 10-point touch IPS display or a 4K Uhd IPS touch display. Intel 8th generation processor, DDR4 memory, and more.
- Lenovo Miix 520 -- 2-in-1 with an 8th generation Intel processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB PCIe SSD.
- Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Acer, Asus, Dell, HP and Lenovo will release Mixed Reality headsets.
Head over to the Windows blog for a full rundown on new products that Microsoft teased there.
Microsoft plans to distribute the new version of Windows gradually over the course of four months. Windows users and administrators can enforce the upgrade to install it as early as possible, or wait until Windows Update selects the PC for the update.
Now You: What's your take on the Fall Creators Update?Anything you like/dislike?