After six months of testing, feature update to Windows 10, version 1709 also known as Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now rolling out for end users. The new update comes with lots of new features including Fluent Design, Eye tracking, new emoji additions and much more.
Microsoft also launched its Windows Mixed Reality (VR) headsets with the Fall Creators Update. We’ve posted few new features of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Check out full details below.
ONEDRIVE FILES ON-DEMAND
A new on-demand feature lets OneDrive pick out data from the cloud when it’s needed, without having to sync full files and folders to a device.
Files On-Demand also allows you to open online files from within desktop or Windows store apps using the Windows file picker. Simply select the file you want to open in the file picker, and the file will automatically download and open in your app. Furthermore, you’re covered in both your home and professional life since it works with your personal and work OneDrive, as well as your SharePoint Online team sites.
Technology is all about making it easier for you to connect with your most important people. Whether you want to share a photo, make plans for dinner, or get an answer from a friend or coworker – My People is here to take it to the next level and bring the people you care about most to the center of your experience.
The goal of My People is to “bring the people you care about most to the center of your experience.” To try the new feature, open the Windows Store and make sure you have the latest updates for Skype, Mail, and People apps. Then click on the People icon in the taskbar and follow the setup instructions.
WINDOWS MIXED REALITY
Microsoft Windows Mixed Reality is now available with the Fall Creators Update. To use Mixed Reality you’ll need to purchase a separate headset from PC makers like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, or Samsung. The setup process just involves launching the Mixed Reality Portal app, and most modern PCs will be capable of running basic apps in Mixed Reality. You’ll need a more powerful machine to access some of the more demanding games and experiences.
Microsoft Fluent Design System
Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709 brings and new Fluent degign effect. Fluent Design(Project Neon) enables the creation of more expressive and engaging experiences that work continuously across devices, from large screens, to small screens, to no screen, all in a way that will drive higher engagement and love for your apps. There are 5 fundamentals to Fluid design system light, depth, motion, materials, and scale. All of these join together in concert to give us the capabilities to build immersive, rich apps that scale continuously across the device ecosystem:
- Light – Light helps enable the ability to draw someone’s attention, or more clearly guide them through their navigation.
- Depth – Depth helps us understand how things relate to each other when they’re within a more layered, physical environment.
- Motion – Motion is a powerful way to establish context and imply relationships between content in natural, subtle and delightful ways.
- Material – Material can help take full advantage of the available screen space to celebrate content. It can also bring a sense of lightweight, ephemeral user experience
- Scale – Scale allows us to expand our toolbox for more dimensions, inviting innovation across new device form factors
Eye Control Beta makes Windows 10 more accessible by empowering people with disabilities to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using only their eyes. The experience requires a compatible eye tracker, like the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C, which unlocks access to the Windows operating system to be able to do the tasks one could previously accomplish with a physical mouse and keyboard.
NEW EMOJI AND A USEFUL SHORTCUT
New emoji additions include dinosaurs, genies, fairies, and even zombies in time for Halloween. They’re all available in a really neat new emoji panel. You can summon the emoji panel by using Win + period or semicolon as a keyboard shortcut. The panel also supports searching for emoji, so it’s the perfect way to quickly send that ideal response during a conversation.
Cortana will now display call notifications if you’re using an Android phone in Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709. The digital assistant will sync notifications if you have Cortana installed on an Android device, and it gives you the ability to text a person if you’re busy on your PC, or decline the call. Microsoft has also moved Cortana’s settings into the main settings part of Windows 10. Cortana can now even lock, sign out, shut down, or restart your PC with voice commands.
TASK MANAGER GPU TRACKING AND DPI IMPROVEMENTS
Feature update to Windows 10, version 1709 has added a nice addition for tracking GPU performance. Task Manager now has a new GPU option in the performance tab that shows GPU utilization and memory usage. Processes are also now grouped in the main Task Manager interface, making it easier to control them.
Microsoft is also addressing the issue of blurry apps when you use a monitor with a laptop or a second screen. If you have a high DPI display like a 4K monitor, you’ll no longer have to log out to fix blurry desktop apps.