Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free

You can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free

Following on from last year's Anniversary Update, Microsoft is preparing to roll out its second major platform update, bringing new features and technologies to every Windows 10 user.

Microsoft is being sued by over 100 PC users for more than $5 million over the Windows 10 upgrade which they opted for due to the company's aggressive marketing practices. As Neowin points out, the versions now available are likely the near-final "release to manufacturing" versions, so you can start playing around with Paint 3D, Beam for game broadcasting, streamlined messaging, and everything else that's included. The Creators Update is created to spark and unleash creativity, bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling every gamer to be a broadcaster.

Some reports had suggested that the Surface Phone will launch later this year, possibly as part of the "Redstone 3" Windows 10 update. For example, the latest Edge browser that comes with the Windows 10 Creators Update is also an eReader. Now Windows users can benefit from de-blued screens in the evening, thanks to the Night Light setting in Creators Update. It's all easily done and you can even drag your drawing into reality with the help of a 3D printer, if you just happen to have one of those lying around. You can export your creations in either 2D or 3D formats.

Beyond gaming, the Creators Update will introduce a Windows Defender Security Center.

The previous major release, Anniversary Update, fine-tuned the interface and added things like Digital Ink input, more Windows Hello secure authentication possibilities, and Cortana interaction from the lock screen. Here are three techniques that might bring you those new features faster.

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Other big new features include the new Home design, which is designed for improved performance, and which puts content related to the games you're now playing front and center. As such, it's launching a new suite of apps that will enable any Windows user to build their own content in these mediums. It works by relegating all of the applications that aren't an active game to a subset of a computer's processor cores.

The Guide is also reconfigured, providing quick access to media controls and your most used content in a menu you can access via the Xbox button on your controller. Also it's unclear if your progress, bookmarks and settings will carry across between multiple Windows devices. While a number of users managed to download Windows 10 through ISO files and install the newest version of Windows 10, Windows Phones are still lagging behind.

Some of the biggest updates in Creators benefit gamers, like Game Mode, which shifts system resources away from other processes to your game.

You don't have to wait around like a normal person for the Creators Update to drop-it's available to download right now, if you're a Windows Insider. In addition, since the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft Edge is up to 24% - 43% more efficient than the competition for general objective browsing, and lasts up to 23% - 69% longer when streaming videos.

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