Microsoft Windows 10 Creators Update Formally Announced

Subject: General Tech | October 26, 2016 - 05:19 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10, paint 3d, Minecraft

At a press event today, Microsoft was promoting their platform with a focus on creativity. The show opened with a video that highlighted upcoming changes in accessibility. For instance, they are adding a preview mode to Microsoft Edge developer tools that help developers make their application accessible to people with impaired vision, who are reliant upon screen-readers. Immediately following that few-minute video, Terry Myerson gave a speech and announced that the next feature release of Windows 10, which was codenamed Redstone 2, will be officially called the Windows 10 Creators Update.

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Naturally, Microsoft wanted to associate the creative potential of PCs with... MS Paint. This application is used by over 100 million poor, unfortunate souls per month, because it is simple... and, of course, pre-installed on basically every Windows machine ever. This transitioned to an announcement of Paint 3D, which is actually quite interesting. 3D applications tend to be a daunting mountain of tools for countless use cases, which helps professionals but somewhat hinders the hobbyist.

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Paint 3D tries to strip it down to the use cases of home users, especially children, who want to goof around with creating stuff. Take a photo, remove the background, and place it in a sand castle that you scanned with your Windows Phone (just kidding, we all know you'll be using it on Android or iOS) into a 3D model. Position the 3D camera just right, and you have a summer holiday postcard. They also have a service, Remix 3D, that allows sharing of 3D content, even from Minecraft. You can then order 3D prints of these objects, seemingly from the service although I haven't been able to see an explicit announcement of that.

Moving on, Microsoft has also released a few videos of this event. In a couple of them, they included a short clip of another, otherwise unannounced application, Groove Music Maker. It appears to be a competitor to Apple's GarageBand, mixing recorded and generated tracks to create music. On the PC side, there really isn't much apart from Fruity Loops and a handful of open source applications to solve this need, and music is definitely a creative avenue. I assume that we'll see something announced about this in the near future.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will be available in “early 2017”. Rumors point to March, based mostly on its expected 1703 version number; still, the early August release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update was listed 1607, so it could vary a bit.

I mean, I hope they will release it when it's stable enough this time.

Source: Microsoft

October 26, 2016 | 05:30 PM - Posted by Anonymously Anonymous (not verified)

love the windows phone joke!

October 26, 2016 | 05:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Wow - quite a scathing article, there! Maybe I'm a dewey-eyed ingenue, but I watched the same thing and was very impressed. My current 27" iMac is a fantastic work machine, but that studio all-in-one looks very interesting. Your move, Apple.

October 26, 2016 | 05:49 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Yeah, that definitely wasn't my intent. There were a few things that I found odd and poked at, though.

October 26, 2016 | 07:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Windows 10 creators need to watch out, least your creations and story ideas become slurped before you can copyright any Images(2D, 3D, etc.). That windows 10 EULA could come back to bite for those that want to protect their Ideas and IP for what ever they create using windows 10.

October 27, 2016 | 07:58 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Copyright does not work that way.

October 27, 2016 | 10:54 AM - Posted by quest4glory

All one needs to do is post this word soup onto their Facebook page and they'll be protected...

October 26, 2016 | 07:59 PM - Posted by Arc (not verified)

I'll stick to PS CS6:E...

October 26, 2016 | 08:08 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It just felt like the biggest "ME TOO!" event compared to Apple.

October 26, 2016 | 08:56 PM - Posted by Fourty7

I think the term creator is being used pretty loosely by MS, but if they are really targeting hardcore creators shouldn't their marketing teams have realized by now that a new bag of flashy tricks (referring to the video's content) isn't going to sell the message to any of us, and limited functionality isn't the reason (educated) people are holding back... Sorry to sound like an ass (as always) but, that's how I feel!

October 31, 2016 | 11:59 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

More like Apple with the last generation Graphics at a very high cost. M$ could have used Pascal but they chose a Maxwell GPU SKU, and a laptop SKU at that. How much creation can be done with a non professional GPU SKU. What an overpriced SKU for what little processing power it provides! M$, Nvidia, and Intel! I guess monopolies attract, enjoy you overpriced fondle Slab!

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