Are you one of those that really starts to stress when you realize that it is Spring or Fall and your Windows 10 has just alerted you that a major update is ready for your beloved PC? I suppose you have a right to be given that many report such fun occurrences such as:
- The update never completes
- The update leaves the system unusable
- The update affects hardware components – in other words – they don’t work anymore
- The update changes features that you were accustomed to
Well, you will be thrilled to know that Microsoft is really re-thinking the twice per year major update approach. It appears they will move to a ONE MAJOR UPDATE per year approach. This would come (fittingly) in the Spring. Then the Fall update would be a minor one (perhaps fixing stuff from Spring?)
What do you think about the new plan? Let me know in the comments area below.
If you support a lot of very different Windows 10 deployments like I do, then you might find it useful to check out this recap of the versions we have (and will have) of this Microsoft desktop OS. Remember, to quickly check a running version, use Search for About Your PC and check the Version designation. As I write this – I am on version 1803 of Windows 10.
Microsoft so far is making good on their promise that there will never be a Windows 11 – and they will upgrade Windows 10 with Internet-delivered updates for the rest of our lives. 🙂 What do you think about this strategy? Let me know in the comments below.
- Version 1507 – this was the first Windows 10 release on July 29, 2015. Man how time flies. This version number has actually been created by Microsoft since that time because they were not using Versioning numbers back then!
- Version 1511 (The November Update) – this was the free update version for previous Windows users – it was released in – wait for it – November of 20165.
- Version 1607 (The Aniversary Update) – July 18, 2016, featured this version of Windows 10 – this version mainly focused on many administration tools for IT support staff.
- Version 1703 (Creators Update) – April 2017 – 3D tools for creative types and a bunch of improvements to Edge made up this release.
- Version 1709 (Fall Creators Update) – October 2017 – this one touted Windows Mixed Reality – which I must admit – I became a huge fan of. I went with the Dell Visor and Hand Controller Thingies and have had hours and hours of fun with the family and VR.
- Version 1803 (April 2018 Update) – a new feature that I have really yet to use called Timeline was released. As you might guess – there were a bunch of enhancements for a variety of existing services like Edge.
What is next as I write this? An October 2018 update! The biggest new feature in that release should be the multitasking improvement of a feature called Sets. For more information – check this out – Microsoft Windows 10 Sets.
2016 brought us the Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Now early 2017 brings us the Creators Update. This update targets the creative types, supposedly. I say this because adding 3D Paint to the existing Microsoft Paint application really seems to be the extent of that, and that is pretty lame.
When You Get It
I am testing the update for you here as a Microsoft Insider. You can download the update for yourself on or after April 11, 2017.
Here is the full list of feature enhancements in this update:
- Privacy Dashboard – this Web-based interface is now part of your Microsoft account screen online and permits you to control Privacy settings all from one location
- Game Mode – places Windows into an operational mode that is optimized for games; found in an Xbox icon in settings
- Paint 3D – a new built in painting app
- Windows 10 Holographic Shell – this enables VR (particularly the HoloLens) to function with Windows 10 right out of the box
- Windows Updates improvements – for example, Pro, Enterprise, and Education users can now delay updates for a time period; Home edition users are now the only test candidates! 🙂
- Dynamic Lock – walk away from your PC and it can dynamically lock; this trick is done using Bluetooth to your phone
- Cortana improvements – this feature gets smarter all the time of course, most noticeable in this update is the scheduling of monthly reminders; she can also help with Setup now, and will suggest things better as you type
- E-books – the Windows Store is picking up an e-books section and the Edge Browser now serves as a Reader
- Edge improvements – tab previews, set-aside tabs, and Microsoft Wallet all arrive in the browser
- Start menu folders
- New display settings – including a night mode
- New Touchpad and Surface Dial settings
- Windows Defender improvements
- Bug fixes – (duh)