What's new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now available on general release. This comes after months of speculation around its launch, with the obvious link between 'Fall' and Autumn leading us to believe it would be held anytime in September, October or November.

This is the latest update to Windows 10 and should improve its mobile experience and house lots of new creative features.

These include:

  • A timeline
  • Clipboard
  • OneDrive files on-demand
  • A new Security Centre


Here's everything you should know about the Windows 10 Creators Fall Update.

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Fluent Design
© Microsoft

Fluent Design

Fluent Design (formerly Project Neon) won't make staggering changes to Windows 10 users, but it will be part of the overall graphical changes taking place in the Fall Creators Update in October.

You should be able to notice a few subtle changes affecting animations and its overall look and feel. For example, Microsoft will introduce Acrylic or blurring, this should create a similar user experience to that of iOS, affecting Windows native apps.

The aim is to make Windows 10 feel more sleek and modern.

OneDrive Files On-Demand

OneDrive Files On-Demand

Microsoft is saying goodbye to syncing full files and folders with its new 'OneDrive Files On-Demand' feature. This will let you download documents as and when you want them via the cloud.

It won't need to sync whole folders to a device in order to download the file you need and instead of being stored locally on your PC, they'll be accessed via the cloud, wherever you are.

Timeline
© Microsoft

Timeline

Before we get carried away, it should be noted that Microsoft recently said that Timeline - which is essentially an improved Task View - will be one of three features that will not be available in the update on day one.

Timeline will basically offer users a dashboard for work logs, able to display the apps and windows that are currently open, and what you were previously working on, going back as far as months.

And because all information can be stored in Microsoft Graph, this can be used across all Windows 10 devices.

Windows mixed rality

Windows mixed rality

With Microsoft's Hololens in mind, the Fall Creators Update will make Windows 10 ready for the new generation of mixed reality headsets.

Alexa and Cortana

Alexa and Cortana

Apparently arriving at the end of 2017, the virtual assistant is built within the Windows 10 OS. It will be able to communicate with Alexa and Cortana.

Both Microsoft and Amazon are working together to provide Windows 10 users with an assistant that can book appointments with Cortana via an Amazon Echo and turn on your smart lights when sitting at a Windows 10 PC, using Alexa.

Clipboard

Clipboard

Clipboard is a new cloud-based service (or cloud-powered as Microsoft refer to it).

Announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference in Seattle earlier this year, it will copy content from an application and paste it on mobile devices, including Android and iPhones.

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Windows 10 Pro for Workstations

Coinciding with the Creators update, Windows 10 Pro for Workstations is a new version of Windows 10 Pro  that, as the name suggests, is specifically designed for workstations.

According to Microsoft, the Pro version will feature 'unique support for server grade PC hardware and is designed to meet demanding needs of mission critical and compute intensive workloads'.

Users will be able to take advantage of a resilient file system, persistent memory, faster file sharing and expanded hardware support.

Pick Up Where I Left Off

Pick Up Where I Left Off

Along with Timeline, 'Pick Up Where I Left Off' probably won't be available from the first day of the update.

This feature is pretty cool and ideal for business or work use. Essentially, it will let users resume apps on other devices.

By using Cortana (and the cloud) it will let you carry on working on another device, once you've left your previous device or PC. It will link to the Timeline feature and work across mobile devices including both Android and iOS.

CMD.exe update

CMD.exe update

Hardly the most exciting of Windows 10 news, but for the first time, in a long time, we're getting an update to Command Prompt!

Microsoft is giving it a makeover in which it will receive a new colour scheme making it much easier to see certain colours on modern LCD monitors.

Story Remix

Story Remix

Story Remix is essentially Microsoft's answer to Google Photos or Apple's Memories app. This new feature will pool your photos and create videos for you.

If you've got a touch-screen device, you'll be able to take advantage of Windows Ink, which will let you draw or annotate videos and anchor notes or drawings to a moving person or object.

This is essentially using mixed realities anchoring and image tracking technology.

Windows Defender

Windows Defender

It's thought that the improved Windows Defender will only be available for enterprise customers, but Microsoft plans to use AI to remove and detect malware in both your system and network.

Hardly groundbreaking technology but it is good to know that it is matching some of the leading security software out there.

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