Windows update will bring 3-D, game tools and doodling

When Microsoft announced the Windows 10 Creators Update last October, it identified "3D for everyone" as one of three key areas on which the update would focus.

Microsoft has now started to push Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15063.2 to Mobile only.

The Windows 10 Creators Update also introduces the new Night light feature that's similar to F.lux.

While this may not be an enterprise feature, it shows there scope for games developers to tap into more features and capabilities being baked into Windows 10 via the Creators Update. It's created to ensure games run at the best frame rate possible.

"The Creators Update is created to spark and unleash creativity", says Microsoft on their blog, "bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling every gamer to be a broadcaster". The "Creators Update" will provide design and gaming tools and make the Microsoft Edge browser easier to use. There's even support for 360-degrees videos in the movies and TV app, and a new ebook section of the Windows Store.

Parents will now be able to utilize a bunch of features to limit what children do on a Windows 10 PC.

With Windows 10, Microsoft moved away significantly from the Windows OS releases of the past, which ended to be monoliths that were released once every 3 years or so, with security updates rolled out regularly.

Windows 10's Anniversary Update, the last significant feature upgrade to Windows 10 triggered complaints about frozen systems and broken webcams, due to a string of bugs that were uncovered after its rollout last summer.

The "Creators" part of this update is mostly tied to the fact that Paint has seen an overhaul to support 3D objects. Microsoft announced Wednesday that the Creators Update, as it's known, will start rolling out to users of the company's latest operating system in roughly two weeks.

What you will see is the ability to preview visual thumbnails of your open tabs by hovering over a given tab. The first devices will be sold by Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo and should become available later this year starting at $299. However, similar to iOS's Night Shift mode, the new Night Light feature can reduce the amount of blue light emitted from the display. You can draw inside the Maps app, too.

Also gamers should benefit from upgrading because of the game mode that should make sure the system performs optimally when playing games. The update will have more open and logical security and privacy settings and no reduced functionality if each setting is switched off.

One of the more popular additions will be the mini-view, which will let you float windows like videos or Skype calls on your desktop while you work or browse the internet.

Another option is to download the ISOs directly from Microsoft, if you're comfortable installing a fresh version of Windows 10 on a blank or wiped hard drive.

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

  • Arturo Norris