Fall Creators Update (also known as Redstone 3) was the fourth update package since the release of Windows 10 in the series in the summer of 2015. The first major update for its flagship platform, Microsoft, was published just three months after the release of the OS. It was called November Update and, in fact, was a set of bug fixes and fixes. The second “anniversary” update package – Anniversary Update – was released in August 2016, and after it, in April 2017, the sensational, widely discussed in the user and professional environment, the Update Creators Update, was released, with the release of which the company accentuated on the support of 3D technologies and mixed reality (Mixed Reality), expanding the gaming capabilities of the platform, as well as simplifying the work with multimedia and network content. Fall Creators Update develops ideas embedded in the “creative” update and brings a number of new, rather curious functions and features to the operating system.
⇡ # 3D: even more features
With the release of the updated “dozens”, the Microsoft team significantly expanded the ecosystem of mixed-reality devices and tried to make 3D technologies available to as wide a range of computer users as possible. The company entered into partnership agreements with Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, Samsung and Lenovo for the production of helmets, controllers, headsets and other hardware solutions for its Windows Mixed Reality platform. Sales of such devices will start today, October 17, along with the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. In addition, Microsoft will open in the Microsoft Store store access to an impressive collection of games and applications supporting mixed reality. According to developers, for the time being, Windows 10 is the only OS designed to use all kinds of controls – from traditional controls such as keyboard and mouse, touchpad, stylus, digital pen and gamepads, to innovative motion controllers that allow more natural use of “human tools” “Sort of like a look, a voice and a gesture.
⇡ # Story Remix function
For creativity enthusiasts in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Microsoft has expanded the functionality of the Photos application and has included the Story Remix tool to create memorable videos (so-called “stories”) using photos, videos, music, as well as animated 3D-models and cinematic effects. Thanks to the use of Microsoft Graph and machine learning technologies, the process of creating video in Story Remix is as automated as possible – from the user it is only necessary to select the content, arrange it in the right order and determine the scenario of the future video. The rest will be done by the program itself.
⇡ # Quick access to contacts
My development in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update also received opportunities for communication, replenished with the function My People (“People”). With it, you can place frequently used contacts directly on the Windows task bar and thus get to them convenient and prompt access. My People allows you to directly from the taskbar to correspond with people via Skype and e-mail, exchange files, call. Using the new function, you can, for example, quickly share a photo by dragging it directly from the desktop to a line with the name of the contact in the taskbar. Microsoft provides third-party developers the opportunity to integrate the novelty into their software products, that is, applications like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber and others will soon also appear in My People. It is also important that My People is an optional feature and, if desired, is easily disabled in the taskbar settings.
⇡ # Ability to work with the Linux user environment
With the release of the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft took a big step toward open technologies and enabled Windows 10 to run desktops and binary Linux executable files. Implemented this with a special layer of Windows Subsystem for Linux in the kernel of the OS, which broadcasts Linux system calls to Windows calls. Earlier, to obtain such functionality, it was required to use various types of virtualized environments, now it is enough to deploy a suitable Linux environment through the Microsoft Store application store, and this operation is done in one click. At present, Ubuntu and openSUSE builds are available for installation, which provide not only the ability to run Linux programs, but also access to many additional functions, including a huge repository of already ready and tested software. The Microsoft team is convinced that the innovation will be widely used among developers and administrators of multi-platform IT systems.
⇡ # Selective synchronization OneDrive
In order to meet the wishes of users, Microsoft returned in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update mechanism for selective synchronization of files using the OneDrive cloud service. The function is called OneDrive Files On-Demand (“OneDrive files on demand”). The essence of the technology is that the user can download only the data he needs from the cloud storage, whereas before, OneDrive synchronized all the contents on all devices, taking up excess disk space on them. You can manage the location of files from the context menu of Windows Explorer.
Determine whether a file is stored only in the cloud, or its copy is on the local drive, you can by the type of icon.
⇡ # Protection from exploits
Separate attention developers of the “autumn” update Windows 10 paid to ensure the information security of the computer. In particular, the system has a mechanism to protect against exploits – malicious software that exploits vulnerabilities in the operating system and popular application software. This technology is built into Windows Defender (“Windows Defender”). It provides an additional level of protection for the PC against attacks by intruders, often carried out by exploiting the so-called “zero day” vulnerabilities – software errors for which the manufacturer has not yet released an update that fixes the problem.
⇡ # Controlled access to folders
Another great addition to the protection against exploits is another new feature of Windows Defender – “Controlled Folder Access”, which allows you to protect data from unauthorized changes. The system monitors program calls to selected directories and files, suppresses attempts by third-party applications to make any changes to them and informs the user about it. In the “Windows Defender” settings, you can not only specify the protected folders, but also determine the list of trusted software. The relevance of such a protection mechanism can not be discussed, especially in the light of widespread threats from malicious encryption programs blocking access to data and requiring payment of a certain amount for the return of access to valuable information.
Performance monitoring of graphic adapters
The programmers of the Redmond giant and the good old Windows task manager did not ignore the tab, which for a long time was begging the tab with actual readings of consumption of graphics subsystem resources of the computer. Now there is such a tool – and with its help you can monitor in real time how the operating system and running applications are controlled by a graphics processor (GPU), memory and other computing resources of a video accelerator. A great thing for those who are accustomed to controlling the processes running in the system and keep a hand on the pulse of everything and everything.
⇡ # Browser improvements Microsoft Edge
The Edge Web browser included with Windows 10 has undergone an easy upgrade. With the Fall Creators Update, the browser has full-screen support, the ability to attach Web sites to the taskbar and edit the URL of items that are in the “favorites”. The editors of the e-book readers EPUB and PDF-files have also been updated. The first got the tools for highlighting text, underscoring, adding notes and means of synchronizing the progress of reading, bookmarks and notes in books between different devices. In the second, you can customize the workspace for better readability of PDF files, simplify the navigation of large documents, add support for annotations and interactive forms with the ability to save and print them. In addition, both viewers received a voice engine with the function of reading aloud EPUB- and PDF files with word highlighting.
⇡ # Advanced Windows Update settings
With a focus on users of Internet packages with a limited transfer speed and data volume, Microsoft included in Windows 10 the ability to specify the bandwidth limit (in percent) allocated for background downloads and distribution of updates. Also in the settings of Windows Update, you can in gigabytes specify the maximum amount of updates that the operating system can distribute over the network. You can view statistics about the amount of downloaded and transferred updates, update download sources and average data download speed.
⇡ # The new touch keyboard
With the “autumn” update in Windows 10, a new touch keyboard appeared. Its main innovation is the support of technology Swype, which allows you to slide your finger from letter to letter to enter text. Microsoft also added a new block of options for the software keyboard, predicting emoji, a new one-handed printing mode, an improved handwriting panel and other innovations.
⇡ # New panel with emoticons
To add an additional emotional component to the text and everything connected with it, you can use the built in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tool to select emoto. This means that you no longer need to open the touch keyboard or search for emoji in the search engines. Instead, just activate the corresponding panel and select the appropriate smiley with the “Win +.” Or “Win +;” shortcut.
⇡ # Other Functions
Microsoft emphasizes that Fall Creators Update is the largest update in the history of Windows 10. In addition to the above, it brings to the operating system a lot of other, inconspicuous at first glance, but significant innovations. Among them, the company distinguishes the following changes:
- finalizing the game mode of the Game mode, which optimizes the performance of the computer and improves its performance in gaming applications (new options for broadcasting, recording and monitoring games, optimizing the operation of the mode on multi-core systems),
- improving the power saving subsystem while running background tasks, increasing the battery life of the mobile PC from the battery (Power Throttling function);
- finalization of the voice assistant Cortana, which, alas, despite the power of machine learning technologies, has never learned to communicate with the user in Russian
- recycled elements of the interface of the Start menu and the notification center;
- a new function called “Memory Control” that automatically frees up space on the computer’s disk, whether it be temporary files, installation images of previous versions of Windows 10 or the contents of the Recycle Bin and the Downloads folder that did not change for 30 days;
- converter of currencies in the Windows calculator, which relieves of boring calculations and search for the actual currency conversion rate of various countries;
- fine-tuning the Windows Ink handwriting system, which is widely used by professional artists and designers and allows using a stylus or digital pen for drawing, sketching, sketching, editing images and solving other tasks in Paint 3D and other graphics packages
- the presence of indicators of “health” of the PC in the “System Information” window.
As you can see, the changes implemented in Fall Creators Update are more than enough. But Microsoft is not going to stop it.
According to online sources, the Redmond company is already working on releasing the next update for the “dozens” code-named Redstone 4, which should bring the Timeline function to the operating system, allowing Windows 10 users to switch between different devices, including smartphones running iOS and Android. Also expected to include in the OS a universal Clipboard Cloud Clipboard, designed to copy data from the computer to mobile devices and vice versa, an improved user interface and other improvements. What exactly – we learn about this very soon: according to rumors, the next update package will be released in the spring of 2018. To wait remains absolutely not for long.
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