Covering Everything We Know About Windows 10 Creators Update Yet. Macs are for creatives, and the PCs are for getting the work done. Or so the dogma goes. Recently, the conversation has started to shift. As Apple has prioritized its mobile products and showed the minimal innovation on MacOS, the Microsoft began to sell itself as a new platform of choice for all creative-types. This climax with hype-train around the Surface Studio, which is a purpose-built device that catered more to the creative professionals than anything Apple has built in all these years.
But the hardware is only half the equation, and so we also have the Windows 10 Creators Update, which the Microsoft today announced will be rolling out to everyone starting from April 11.
I’ve had the fantastic chance to play with the Creators Update for some time now; though the name is a little bit hyperbolic, the Microsoft has added several useful features to its Operating System in just eight months since the big Anniversary Update. Here are some of the best among many.
Microsoft Edge gets legal tab management in Creators Update
The Microsoft Edge is great if you want to conserve battery, but otherwise, there’s little to force you to use it over alternatives like Firefox or Chrome. The Creators Update adds some more features to make it more than worth.
For one, you can now see the visual previews of tabs by just pressing the arrow next to the new tab button.
Maybe more useful is a “Set these tabs aside” feature, which lets you empty out the tabs while still being able to access them later. This kind of feature is available to other browsers through extensions, but it’s neat to see it integrated right into the browser itself.
Edge becomes an e-reader in Creators Update
Microsoft sees the Edge more than a simple web browser, but rather an app which is for handling all sorts of reading. Also, it can now load EPUB files in addition to websites and PDFs, including a full-fledged e-reader experience. Also, you can adjust the font and text size on e-books, set bookmarks, search for terms, and do most of the basic things you expect from an e-reader.
Paint goes 3D in Creators Update
We all know that the Paint is getting its first major update since the Windows 7, and arguably the biggest update ever. It’s time to Say hello to Paint 3D.
Yes, the Paint can now create 3D models, as well as it can import them from the Remix3D online community. can you believe that it can even print to 3D, assuming that you have the right hardware (which is needed for that) or export to a 3D printing service. Give it a try – it’s surprisingly easy to use.
Picture-in-picture mode for videos to be used in Creators Update
We’ve all done that dance where we use to arrange and resize windows so that we can watch our favorite videos on one corner of our screen while we work on another. Now the Windows is making your life easier with a Picture-in-Picture feature called ‘mini view.’
The Applications will now be able to create an always-on-top window so that you don’t have to worry about your favorite video getting obscured while you switch between apps. Unfortunately, it’s limited to the stock Movies & TV app for now, though I’m sure the developers will pick up on the fantastic feature quickly.
That being said, just by simply adding a universal option to the Operating System for always keeping certain apps on the top would be way more useful, as it’s a feature I’d like to try for more than just my favorite video.
Night Light’s blue light filter will help you fall asleep more quickly
By now you’ve probably heard that blue-ish wavelengths of light tend to keep you up at night, which is why we’ve seen the blue light filters built into iOS, MacOS, and also on Android device. Now the Windows has a native option too, called Night Light.
You can go to Settings > System > Display to adjust Night Light’s settings, including color temperature and operating hours.
Dynamic Lock protects your data when you leave your computer
If you’re the type of person who presses Win + L to lock your computer every time you leave your desk, you’ll appreciate the Dynamic Lock. First, you will pair your lovely smartphone or your tablet with your computer. Also, the computer will automatically lock whenever your device leaves the Bluetooth range.
The Surround sound for everyone support is up for Creators Update
One of the amazing features in Windows 10 is native support for the spatial sound. That means the OS can now turn any regular pair of earbuds into a virtual 7.1 surround sound system – or even implement more advanced techniques like Dolby Atmos.
Long-time Google Maps users might be reluctant to try another navigation solution, but Microsoft is adding some pretty neat tricks to its Maps software on the Creators Update.
Also, you can now use a stylus to draw on the map. Aside from that doodling over your landscape of choice, you can now estimate travel distance by just drawing a route on these Maps. You can even create those turn-by-turn directions which are based on your scribbles.
The same goes for the photos, and those favorite videos, which you can now draw on to add annotations or even you can create animations that you can export to share with friends and family.
‘Game Mode’ protects you from dropped frames
The Game Mode tries to ensure your computer is always maximizing its resources for an optimal gaming experience.
No, it’s not going to turn your measly integrated GPU into a Nvidia 1080; though the frame rates might see a mild improvement in it, the primary emphasis is on the consistent frame rates rather than the entire performance. Also, it should, in theory, prevent your game from the experience of sudden frame drops, even if an app which is running in the background decides to do something similar to funky.
Here you can also turn the feature on and off from the new Gaming section of the Settings menu. The Microsoft has a whitelist of games for which it’s automatically turned on, but here you can also manually deactivate or activate it by just pressing the “Win + G” while a match is running.
After the Speaking of Win + G, you can now start a live stream to Beam by only using the shortcut and by just clicking the broadcast button.
The Support for Windows Mixed Reality headsets
The Creator’s Update enables support for upcoming Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Though these are still ways off, they’ll provide a cheaper alternative to the likes of Vive and Oculus, starting at $300.
Some More work to be done
There are some skillful features in the update, but there’s more work to be done if Microsoft wants Windows to be considered the OS for creators.
The Part of what draws people to Apple is its fantastic design cohesion. Meanwhile, the Windows 10 still functions as a mishmash of legacy applications and modern styling. I mean, why do I need a separate control panel and settings menu? Why does Windows color management suck? The world may never know.
Still, the Creator’s Update is a highly solid example of the benefits of turning Windows as a service; in just a few months, Windows 10 has become a lot more powerful. Here’s to hope Project Neon can fix some of the OS’ more glaring UI problems.
Source: Windows Blog