New Windows Creators Update - November 2017

New Windows Creators Update - November 2017

The Windows 10 Latest Creators Update is beginning to roll out to Windows 10 and at Geekmobile we’re outlining all the great new features available in the update with this blog post. With the Windows 10 Creators Update there are some fun, new ways to get creative – from bringing mixed reality and 3D to the masses, to faster broadcasting for gaming, to turning photos and videos into real memories, and so much more.

You can get the New Creators Update in a few different ways. If you already have a Windows 10 PC and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it’s ready. Alternativly you can call Geekmobile and we can help set it up the   Here’s what’s new in the Windows 10 New Creators Update:


Windows Mixed Reality

With Windows Mixed Reality, you can escape to the most immersive experiences – touring top travel destinations, getting inside the most exciting games, attending the most popular events, even travelling across time and space – right in your own home, with you at the center of everything.

If you’re wondering about the apps and experiences you can enjoy, visit the Microsoft Australia Store to see a range of compatibale devices. One of those apps you can get started with now is Skype, which you can use with your mixed reality headset on to make or receive a Skype voice or video call.

You can even receive Skype audio or video call when you’re playing a 2D game in mixed reality and continue to play it while you talk with your friends and family. Amazing experiences don’t need to be expensive or complicated. All you need is a headset and a compatible Windows PC. And, to enhance your experience, try out the extras like headphones and advanced motion controllers. A variety of headsets and motion controllers are available from leading makers like Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Headset-motion controller bundles are reasonably priced.

Check here to see if your existing PC is compatible. Simply download the app and let it run the compatibility check. 

Photos app

The reimagined Photos app now gives you the ability to add filters, text, 3D effects – and soon full 3D objects – and even digital ink to your photos and video clips for great storytelling complete with soundtracks, themes, and transitions. To help you get started, select the create button and two or more photos or videos and the Photos app will automatically bring together your memories into a video.

Keep this cut to enjoy and share, you can add new image filters with just the click of a button, or edit it yourself to get it just right. To start creating your own personal story, go to the Photos app – free with Windows 10. Mixed Reality Viewer Mixed Reality Viewer With Mixed Reality Viewer, you can see 3D objects – either from the community or your own creation from Paint 3D – mixed into your actual surroundings through your PC’s camera for powerful ways to bring your story to life. Start creating in Paint 3D and select Mixed Reality to view your creation in your real world or go straight to the Mixed Reality Viewer app, free with the Windows 10's latest update.

microsoft_my_people.jpgMy People

Quick access to your top people. Quick access to your top people. Now you can pin your top people to the taskbar for one-click access to those who matter most. Communication apps, starting with Mail and Skype, come up together custom-filtered by individual. Tap on your pinned contact to send an email or chat using Skype without having to open the apps.

People-first sharing

Sharing is as easy as dragging a file directly onto the pinned contacts in your taskbar. Or share directly via the ‘Share’ picker by choosing from the recommended list of your top people. See emoji from pinned contacts. Emoji from your pinned contacts are able to appear and animate right from the taskbar – an extra level of emotional connection and expression between you and the key people in your life.

Cortana Voice-activated Power Commands

 In addition to exciting voice-activated features like reaching Cortana above the lock screen, you can now ask Cortana to shut down, restart, or sleep your PC.

Microsoft Edge Annotate

Annotate your books when you select text, you have a whole lot of new options to personalize your books. You can add highlights in four colors, underline, add comments or copy text. You also have the ability Ask Cortana to find more information about the content you are reading without leaving the reading experience. Visit the Windows Store to get a book to personalize.

Pin your favorite websites

 Pin a website to the taskbar from Microsoft Edge to have the icon show up in the taskbar for instant access. To get started, go to menu, select “Pin this page to the taskbar,” and the site icon appears on your Windows taskbar.

Edit URL for Favorites 

You can now edit the URL of any favorite in the Favorites menu or the Favorites Bar. Simply go to Hub, then Favorites; right-click on a favorite and select “Edit a URL.”

Full screen mode (F11) in Microsoft Edge

Simply press F11 or choose the new Full Screen icon within the Settings menu (three dots) to take your websites full-screen. You can exit Full Screen view by pressing F11 again, or by clicking the Restore icon in the top-right corner.

microsoft_store.jpgMicrosoft Store

You may have also noticed a new Microsoft Store logo on your Windows 10 device. Microsoft have unified the Microsoft Store on both Windows 10 and Xbox for a simpler shopping experience.

Microsoft Store – whether shopping in a physical store, online, or through your Xbox or Windows 10 – its a hub for you to experience, download and buy the latest products and content from Microsoft and its partners, including hardware, games, entertainment, apps, and more.

windows_security_menu.jpgSecurity dashboard Ransomware protections

To better protect against ransomware attacks, we’re introducing Windows Defender Exploit Guard that helps protect files from unauthorized changes by nefarious applications and your applications from unknown exploits. Additionally, Windows Defender Antivirus now has specific safeguards in place, along with default enhanced coverage that is delivered instantly via the cloud protection service. These and other security technologies protect against persistent ransomware campaigns like Cerber, Locky, and Spora, as well as global outbreaks like WannaCry, and Petya.

Stay productive Continue on PC

You know those websites, searches and articles that you pull up on your iPhone or Android phone? Now you can forward them to instantly open on your PC, so you can continue what you’re doing – researching that project, shopping for those shoes, finishing that article – with all the benefits of the bigger screen.

Microsoft Launcher 

With just a quick swipe-to-the-right, Microsoft Launcher for Android offers a tailored feed of your important events, top news, recent activities, favorite people and most frequently used apps. And, Microsoft Launcher has been designed to make it easy for you to seamlessly continue what you’re working on – whether it’s photos, documents and more—on your PC.

OneDrive Files On-Demand

When you save your files in OneDrive, now you can access them just like any other file on your PC without filling up your disk space. Easily tell which files are available online only or offline. Online-only files download on demand with a double-click, and you can make them online only again to free up space. Or you can select files to always be available offline. Click here to learn more about OneDrive Files On-Demand and how to enable it.

PDF annotations and form filling

Now you can fill in PDF-based forms within Microsoft Edge, save them and print them. And with the annotations capability extended to PDFs, you can ink on PDFs, highlight text and erase your annotations.

Currency Converter

There’s now a Currency Converter included in the native Calculator; even works offline for when you’re traveling internationally and want to avoid connection charges. Recover PIN and password from lock screen. No more getting locked out of your device. If you’re using an AADP or MSA account and you get stuck at login, you can now reset your password and PIN straight from the lock screen after verifying your account identity.

windows_onscreen_text_reader.jpgEye Control

Making Windows more accessible particularly to people with disabilities, Eye Control beta lets you operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using just your eyes; requires compatible eye tracker, like the Tobii Eye Tracker. Narrator (screen reader) intelligence. A new feature has been added to the screen reader to generate image descriptions using Microsoft Cognitive Services for images that lack alternative text.

Dictation: MIcrosoft have added support to Dictate text in Windows using modern speech recognition services, which uses cloud-based intelligence.

Choose your performance/battery balance

New Performance/Power slider* lets you set the right balance between battery-life longevity and system performance and responsiveness.

Game Mode 

You can now easily toggle Game Mode for the game you’re in, directly from the Game bar. Mixer: Mixer broadcasting will load and start faster than before. Also, when broadcasting to Mixer, you can now determine audio stream sources.

New help options for Gaming 

MIcrosoft have added a new “Xbox Networking” section in Settings under Gaming, to help PC gamers identify and ensure network connection quality while using voice chat and playing multiplayer games.

GPU in Task manager - Windows Task Manager now displays information about the graphics hardware and performance of your system.

Office 3D

in Office Windows and Office together are the best duo for doing. 3D, now in Office, helps you increase visual and creative impact with 3D objects in your PowerPoint presentations, Word, and Excel documents. View, resize, and rotate a 3D object with the 360-rotation handle, pull content from the Remix 3D community or locally from your PC, plus even use a brand-new transition type, Morph, with 3D models in PowerPoint to create cinematic transitions between slides. 

If you would like help setting up or accessing all these new features on your PC, contact Geekmobile our Tech's are on hand to support you with anything computer and tech related.