Oct 172017
 

We’ll explain why Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update is worth your time in our review. Here’s what’s different this time around: There’s new hardware, too.

PC World today shared the news that Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review: This could be Microsoft’s biggest Windows yet.” As in past Updates (which install like entire new editions of Windows 10, as large downloads with extended install times), there’s a way for early adopters to grab the Update now, while most of us will get it over time like other monthly Windows updates.

Update: The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now available, and can be manually downloaded/upgraded via the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. Otherwise, Microsoft will automatically push the FCU to all PCs in a series of waves that should last for a few weeks. 

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is what every sequel shoots for: bigger, better, more ambitious than the original. As it rolls out in phases starting Tuesday (see Microsoft’s blog post for details), our review focuses on Windows’ big, risky bet on mixed reality, plus smarter investments in the pen, creative 3D apps, Edge, and even speech. A ton of practical, everyday additions won us over, including OneDrive placeholders and much longer battery life while watching movies.

See the full article for what’s new and what’s changed.

PC World has separate articles for various aspects of the Update. For example, “Hands on with Windows 10’s Story Remix, the new tool to make your photos pop” covers the new Remix app.

Microsoft’s Story Remix was expected to be one of the highlights of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and it lives up to that promise, combining the existing, excellent Photos app with a video and slideshow editor that adds transitions, music, and even fantastic 3D animations.

It’s worth noting, though, that Story Remix and Photos exist (for now) within a sort of odd, yin-yang duality where both apps co-exist. If you choose to open or edit a file within Photos via File Explorer, Windows will open the “traditional” Photos interface. But if you simply launch the Photos app, the Story Remix interface will open. Interestingly, there also seems to be no way to transition between the two interfaces within the app itself.

There’a also a separate slideshow: “The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update’s best new features.

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  4 Responses to “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout”

  1. Take it from someone who can barely draw a stickman: You can totally do this.

    And while Microsoft’s Paint 3D app arrived last year, Paint 3D certainly fits in with the theme of the current Creators Update: “How to use Microsoft’s Paint 3D: Creating cool 3D scenes has never been so much fun.”

    You may not have seen Paint 3D yet—but if you haven’t, make it a point to! Microsoft first launched the app in conjunction with the Windows 10 Creators Update, shipped with the Creators Update last year, and it now plays an even more important role within the Fall Creators Update—as both a tool for 2D, 3D, and mixed-reality content. You can do a ton with Paint 3D, so make sure to use our table-of-contents links to jump to what interests you most. Let’s go!

    Paint 3D is the easiest 3D creation app that I’ve ever used.

  2. If you’re eager to get Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update — aka Windows 10 build 16299 — and have the technical know-how, this PC World article summaries what to do: “How to download the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now.”

  3. And here’s another article about Windows 10, including the new Fall Creators Update: “Windows 10: Everything you need to know.”

    Windows 10 is always updating. This article will keep you informed about what’s new and what’s important. Check here for our latest Windows 10 review based on the two major updates scheduled per year, plus the highlights from notable builds in between. We’ll tell you how to get Windows 10 for your PC. Finally, we’ll discuss the major features of Windows 10—including a few you should watch out for. Keep reading for everything you need to know about Windows 10.

  4. The Fall Creators Update (Feature update 1709) continues to roll out automatically on qualified PCs. While I was helping a client on Monday, the Update (Upgrade) started downloading and then preparing on her 6 year old PC running the prior Windows 10 1703 edition.

    And yesterday evening, the Upgrade started to download early in the evening on a 7 year old PC here (running 1703). That process didn’t finish until after midnight! And, as has been reported previously, at least one application went missing afterwards (which will need to be reinstalled).

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