Microsoft has confirmed that the Windows 10 Creators Update, the previously announced next major free update for its OS, will begin rolling out worldwide on April 11. It will add a number of new features and improvements, many of them geared toward creative customers.
One of the big new features is Paint3D, a revamped version of the classic Microsoft Paint application. Paint3D, as the name suggests, is geared toward making 3D content easier to make for anyone. The Creators Update will also add Game Mode, which will make it easier to run PC games on the OS, along with integrated support for Beam, the Microsoft-owned game streaming service.
The Windows 10 Creators Update will also feature improvements to Microsoft Edge, the default web browser for the OS. It will add more advanced tab management, a way to purchase and read ebooks from the Microsoft Store, and to watch Netflix videos in 4K resolution. Other new features include a night light addition, which cuts down the blue light on a display so that it makes it easier to read on a Windows 10 PC at night. A new mini view window can run on top of your desktop so you can listen to music, watch videos or hold a Skype conversation while continuing to work.
In addition to the Windows 10 Creators Update for desktops, laptops and tablets, Microsoft will also roll out a version for its Surface Hub big touchscreen PCs on April 11 as well. It will contain, among other things, a new start screen that will let users sign on with their credentials and access their Office 365 apps. While the roll out for the update will begin on April 11, Microsoft says it will take a measured approach, which means that it could take a few weeks for the update to reach all of its Windows 10 PCs.
Previous rumors have claims Microsoft could launch yet another major feature update for Windows 10 sometime in the fall of 2017.