Microsoft followed Apple’s example of releasing annual updates to their Windows 10 operating system and next month, 17 October to exact, will see the release of the Fall Creators Update. This will be a major release meaning that Microsoft will be releasing it as both a standalone installation and an in-place upgrade.
The biggest feature is the inclusion of Mixed Reality, Microsoft’s implementation of augmented reality support that will see the release of VR headsets from Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Dell and HP in October.
Other notable features include:
- Seamless integration of OneDrive
- Contacts can be pinned to the task bar
- Improved Game Mode
- Emoji 5.0
- Fluent Design: Improved visual style of the Windows desktop
Last year’s Creators Update of Windows 10 was a solid release that we found to run stable with no issues worthy of mention. The much talked about game mode was essentially a non-event since we didn’t see any meaningful improvement in gaming performance.
We therefore don’t hold out any hope for this year’s game mode improvement being any better. Mixed Reality is a great feature if you can afford the $299 starting price of supported VR headsets. Also, games and apps need to take advantage of this feature for it to be of any value.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be a free update from Microsoft but it’s not a must-have upgrade since the Mixed Reality feature won’t be for everyone. However, due to the vast number of security, stability and performance fixes contained within this update, aside from the new features makes the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update worthy of consideration.