Microsoft also announce that the Surface Book and Surface Studio will be available to buy in the UK on April 20.
Microsoft has set the date for the latest update of Windows 10 Creator, with the major update rolling out worldwide on April 11. The free Windows 10 update is quite a major enhancement to Windows 10, with creativity at the core of the update. A major new feature sees Microsoft seize upon the current boom in 3D, an industry which is expected to grow by 62% by 2020.
“We want to empower everyone to experience, create and share in 3D with the Creators Update,” said Microsoft’s Yusuf Mehdi in a blog announcing the update.
“With the new Paint 3D app in the Creators Update, it’s simple to create 3D objects from scratch, easily changing colors, stamping textures, or turning a 2D picture into a 3D work of art.”
The creativity does not stop at 3D with the Creators update, with Microsoft also bringing mixed reality to the masses. The update will enable immersive experiences with Acer, Dell, HP, ASUS and Lenovo set to ship the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality-enabled headsets with the Creators Update later this year.
“These headsets will contain built-in sensors to enable inside-out, six-degrees of freedom, allowing for easy setup and free movement without the need for external markers or sensors in the wall,” said Mr Mehdi, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group.
The Windows 10 update is also set to make every gamer a broadcaster with Beam, a new way to communiacte with streamers. Beam allows gamers to stream gameplay and interact with others in real-time, with no added hardware or software necessary.
With all those new creativity and gaming enhancements, Microsoft has also enhanced the speed and safety of Edge so as to better deliver browsing and entertainment. Proving Edge’s security and speed credentials, Mr Medhi said:
“With all the dangerous security threats online today, Microsoft Edge blocks 9% more phishing sites and 13% more malware than Chrome – helping protect your identity and information; speed matters on the Web and according to Google’s own benchmarks, Microsoft Edge is faster than Chrome.
“Finally, Microsoft Edge makes your battery last longer so you can stream up to 1.5 hours of video longer than Chrome.”
The Creators update will also add new features to Edge, such as advanced tab management which helps find, organise and open tabs without leaving the current web page.
Regarding security Windows 10-wide, Creators Update bolsters defences via the new Windows Defneder Security Center. Via a single dashboard users can control security options, from anti-virus to assessing device performance and health. There is also the new Device Health Advisor which, according to Mr Medhi, “gives you information on the vital signs of your device, and new settings give you more control over app installation.”
For business customers the Windows 10 update aims to provide ways in which IT can be simplified, making it easier to deploy, manage and support Windows 10 devices.
In addition to the Creators update, Microsoft also announced some big device news – promising to deliver the Surface Book and Surface Studio to more markets. Available to pre-order today, the Surface Book and and Surface Studio will be available to purchase on April 20 in the UK.