The Windows 10 Creators Update started rolling out on April 11, and it brings a variety of additions and improvements to Microsoft’s operating system.
These range from some relatively standard productivity improvements to some massive additions for gamers who use Windows 10.
These are Beam streaming and Game mode — the former also was added to the Xbox One lately, and the latter is similar to what that platform has been using for years.
Here’s a more detailed list of what’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update
3D in Windows 10
3D in Windows 10 comes to life in the Creators Update to allow anyone to experience, create, and share in a new dimension. With 3D, we can communicate ideas and express ourselves better, and learn faster, because it’s much more representative of the world we live in.
Now with the Creators Update, you have a new app called Paint 3D and access to an online creative community at Remix3D.com. The all-new Paint 3D allows you to create or modify 3D objects, easily change colour or texture, or turn 2D images into 3D works of art.
With Remix3D.com, you can share, discover, and be inspired by millions of 3D objects. Remix3D.com lets you connect with other creators, find new ideas, and get instant access to a library of 3D objects to customize, remix, and share with the creative community.
Connect, Stream and Play Together
With the Creators Update, built-in game streaming with Beam is the easiest and most interactive way to stream your gameplay on Windows 10. Pressing Windows key + G while playing your game will bring up the Game bar, where you’ll find we’ve added a broadcast icon to launch Beam – no extra software required.
This offers everyone the opportunity to display his or her creativity as a game broadcaster.
In addition, with Beam’s low-latency technology, viewers experience less than a second of delay, enabling broadcasters to engage and interact with their viewers in near real-time.
This low-latency technology enables Beam broadcasters to incorporate interactive features, such as animation and sound triggers, right into their streams.
With Game Mode, it’s our goal to provide a better and more consistent gaming experience on Windows 10, by dedicating more system resources to your game. Game Mode also works for both Win32 and UWP games.
To enable Game Mode while playing a game, pull up the Game bar (Windows key + G) and click on the Settings button to opt the running game into using Game Mode.
The Creators Update is just the first milestone in our commitment to Game Mode and Windows 10 performance improvements for PC gaming.
Microsoft Edge Improvements
Microsoft Edge is the faster, more secure browser built for Windows 10, and with the Creators Update, Microsoft Edge is faster than Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox and offers longer battery life.
When unplugged and on the go, you can stream video and browse longer. Microsoft Edge streams video up to 3 hours longer than Google Chrome and up to 5 hours longer than Mozilla Firefox, letting you binge watch your favourite show longer without needing a charge.
You can also browse nearly a full hour longer with Microsoft Edge when compared to Google Chrome, and nearly two hours longer when compared to Mozilla Firefox.
Tab preview bar: It’s easy to lose track of what’s in your tabs, especially when you have many tabs from the same site, with similar titles and icons.
Tab preview bar allows you to easily glance at a visual preview of every tab you have open without leaving your page. You can scroll through the list with touch, mouse wheel, or a touchpad.
For regular users, the major new feature they will likely notice is the new tab management capabilities.
Users now see tab previews with a new button on the taskbar and are now able to “set aside” tabs, allowing you, for example, to use one set of tabs for one project, save it while you move onto another project, and then retrieve this later again. You can even share this collection with others, which is a great way to collaborate.
Edge now finally also has support for Jump lists, allowing you to open a new or private window directly from the taskbar.
Dolby Atmos app for Windows 10
Additionally, for the first time, once you’re running the Creators Update, you will be able to experience the Dolby Atmos audio experience via the Dolby Access app, available today in the Windows Store.
With the app, you will be able to experience immersive audio from a Windows 10 PC running the Creators Update via headphones or an HDMI connection to a Dolby Atmos-enabled sound bar or home theatre system.
Windows Defender Security Center
The Windows Defender Security Center offers a single dashboard display so you can control your security options from one place – everything from anti-virus, network, and firewall protection; to assessing your device performance and health, security controls for your apps and browser and family safety options.
For our enterprise customers using the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service, the centralized portal first delivered in the Anniversary Update called the Windows Security Center will link to Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, via the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, to allow IT administrators to easily follow an attack across endpoints and email in a seamless and integrated way.
Dynamic Lock: Windows Hello can use any paired iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone to detect when you step away from your PC or tablet, automatically locking it behind you for an extra measure of security and privacy.
This feature works with smartphones, fitness bands, or any device that’s paired to your PC or tablet.
We’re adding new actions and insights in Windows Defender ATP to investigate and respond to network attacks, including sensors in memory, enriched intelligence, and new remediation actions.
Simple privacy settings that let you choose your experience with Windows
A new Microsoft privacy dashboard will let you see and manage your activity data across multiple services, as well as changes to how Windows 10 privacy settings will be designed and featured for customers in the upcoming Creators Update.
The Creators Update introduces a new setup experience for you to choose the settings that are right for you, simplifies Diagnostic data collection from three levels to two: Basic and Full, and further reduces the data collected at the Basic level.
All New Skype with Better Video Optimization
The Creators Update includes the best Skype ever for Windows PCs.
This next-generation version of Skype was built for Windows 10 and includes exclusive features such as mini view, SMS relay for Windows Phone and Skype Translator for calls to mobile phones and landlines.
It is easy to use with keyboard shortcuts, conversation search, and a redesigned group video calling view that brings everyone even closer together.
Be more productive on your PC and collaborate over Skype – share screens, photos, videos, documents, and files (up to 300MB). Say “hello” with an instant message, voice or video call, all free, no matter what device you use Skype on.