Windows 10 Creators Update features complete list

Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update is launching in April 2017. Previously in 2016, the company released Anniversary Update for Windows 10 with new features and improvements.

The upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update will bring new features like Windows 10 Cloud edition, Action Center improvements, better personalization options, Game Mode and more. Check out the full features list below.

Windows 10 Creators Update features:

Windows 10 Cloud Edition

Microsoft is working on Windows 10 Cloud OS, which would only run Windows Store apps and no 32bit apps support. Windows 10 Cloud OS supports both ARM and Intel processors. Also, you’ll be able to upgrade from Windows 10 Cloud to other Windows 10 editions. Microsoft may license Windows 10 Cloud for free, and if the user wants a full Windows license, they can pay for it.

Windows 10 Game Mode

Recently, Microsoft introduced Windows 10 Game Mode feature in Creators Update. The new Game Mode will optimize your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming. The new Windows 10 Game Mode will work with both Win32 and UWP games. In addition, Microsoft will also release Arena on Xbox Live, where you can play in organized tournaments or create your own, making eSports available for everyone. Check out how to enable Game Mode in Windows 10 Creators Update.

Action Center Improvements

Windows 10 Creator Update will bring more improvements to the Action Center. An improved UI and refined Quick Access icons are coming. Microsoft will add brightness and contract with sliders directly via the Action Center.

Personalization Improvements

Now users will get more personalization options with the Creators Update. You will able to set the color of the titlebar with a color picker. Microsoft will also add day and night display color theme, which will work automatically depending on time and environment.

MyPeople (Pushed to Redstone 3)

[Update]Microsoft has moved the MyPeople feature to Redstone 3 update for Windows 10. The new feature in system tray makes communication and sharing with your closest friends easier. This new feature will hook up to Skype, GroupMe, and Office, with the ability to quickly message people. The feature will also bring support for emoji and direct message popup on the desktop.

Beam Integration

The Game bar in Windows 10 Creators Update will allow gamers to start a Beam broadcast for any game almost instantly. This new feature will allow you to watch live game streams and give you the ability to interact in real time with broadcasters. Best of all, Beam technology will be built right into Windows 10 and Xbox One.

OneDrive File Placeholders

Microsoft OneDrive File Placeholders will return with Windows 10 Creators Update. The feature will now be known as “On-Demand Sync.”

Windows Defender Security Center

Microsoft Windows Defender will receive a new user-interface in the Creator Update. Windows Defender Security Center will make it is easier for users to view and control the security protections you choose and better understand the security features already protecting you on your Windows 10 device. You will find more details here.

Microsoft Edge Improvements

Windows 10 Creators Update will bring 3D features and other improvements to Edge. The HoloLens users will able to pull 3d objects directly from a web page with Edge. Apart from that tabs enhancements are also coming. With an option to set tabs aside for coming back to later.

Mail app Improvements

Mail app will also get new features like opening an email in a new window, responding to emails with quick actions, and being able to mention people with the @ symbol and more.

Paint 3D

The new Paint 3D app is coming with Creators Update. Microsoft has redesigned the Paint app to include pen support, 3d models, and a whole community that allows you to share creations. You can download Paint 3D app from here.

Pick up where I left off

Cortana will now pop up a notification telling the user that they are able to sync an apps state from another device and continue exactly where they left off. Cortana will be able to contextually sync files, tabs, apps and more between devices, with contextual pop-ups that require the user to do very little work getting back into a productive state when moving between form factors.

When you switch computers, Cortana will display quick links in the Action Center to help you easily get back into the Microsoft Edge websites and SharePoint (or other cloud-based) documents you used most recently.

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Continuum for Phones

Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update will bring many new features to Continuum for Phones, which includes multi-window support, a fully functional taskbar and Action Center, and a whole lot more.

Continuum features:

  • Let one screen time out while you keep working on the other one.
  • Keep your phone in your pocket and connect wirelessly to your dock.
  • Independently customizable Start screens across connected devices.
  • Enable “win key + type”; Taskbar app pinning, System tray Windowing.

Groove Music Maker

Microsoft is also working on Groove Music Maker. The app will make it easy to create your own music.

Bluetooth GATT supports for wearables

Microsoft Bluetooth GATT support may come with Creators Update. GATT is important to companies like Fitbit who rely on the Bluetooth profile to read and display phone notifications to their fitness wearables.

Get Themes from Windows Store

With the Creators Update, users will able to buy Windows 10 themes from Windows Store. You will see a new “Personalization” section in the Windows Store with collections of themes for Windows 10.

Full Pen support for MS Word

Full pen support to Microsoft Word is also coming. Microsoft teased better pen support for Word earlier this year. We may get more information on this feature at upcoming Office event.

Unified Update Platform (UUP)

With upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft will start delivering updates over new Unified Update Platform(UUP). With this new service, the download will only include the changes that have been pushed out since you last updated a Windows 10 PC. According to the Microsoft, download sizes to decrease by around 35 percent. This is a good news for those on low-bandwidth connections and people with internet caps.

Windows Holographic Shell

Microsoft is launching Windows Holographic “shell” to Windows 10 PCs next year as part of the Creators Update. VR experience for PC’s requires high-end specifications. However, the Holographic Shell requires some basic hardware to run. Windows Holographic VR for PC requires minimum 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, a CPU with 4 cores, 1GB of free storage and DirectX 12 supported graphic card. There is also a requirement of 1.5m x 2m of open space for free movements. Your two years old PC’s should work with upcoming Windows Holographic VR.

E-Book Store

A new e-book store is coming with Windows 10 Creatures Update. The new e-book store will be available on both PCs and tablets running Windows 10. The new e-book store section will appear in the Windows Store. Interested users will be able to buy books from different publishers and authors. Once purchased, you will able to read the book on Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft Edge will collect all your purchased e-books and they will show up in its dedicated section for e-Books. Also, you will be able to add bookmarks into any book you are reading or easily view the table of contents. Additionally, you can also customize the EPUB Viewer’s theme, change the font and the font size.

Dynamic Lock

Windows 10 Creators Update will bring new Dynamic Lock automatically locks feature which will lock your PC when the Bluetooth-paired phone is not found near your PC, Windows turns off the screen and locks the PC after 30 seconds. To enable Dynamic Lock, you need to pair your PC with Phone Bluetooth and go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and toggle Dynamic lock to “on”.

Storage sense

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update will bring new Storage sense features. The new Storage sense features will delete your old junk files automatically. Now you won’t have to worry about temporary files anymore. More details here.

Microsoft is expected to release Windows 10 Creators Update in April. The next major update Redstone 3 and Redstone 4 will come later this year and next year respectively.

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