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What is the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Microsoft is releasing a second major update for Windows 10 this fall, and here's what you need to know.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update features

In case you’re asking: What’s the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update? The Fall Creators Update is the next major feature update for Windows 10, and it was previously known with the “Redstone 3” codename.

The Fall Creators Update is just another update, but unlike those updates you get every second Tuesday of every month, the upcoming release will bring new features and changes to improve the user experience.

Why it’s called the ‘Fall Creators Update’?

As you can clearly tell, Microsoft is reusing the “Creators Update” as part of the name, because this update is a follow up to the previous release. Otherwise, they would have used a totally different name.

If you’re wondering, the company is using the “Creators Update” name because the update helps anyone to be a creator. However, the name has a more marketing purpose, as using a friendly name, it’s easier to sell than a number. And “Fall” simply indicates that will release just after the summer.

What’s the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update version number?

It’s not official, but Microsoft has said that it’s planning to roll out new versions of Windows 10 every March and September. This means that we can safely assume that “Windows 10 version 1709” will be the official version name for this release. Because it follows the same version number scheme we’ve seen with the Creators Update (version 1703), Anniversary Update (version 1607), and the November Update (version 1511), which indicates the year and month of the release.

Additionally, the new update is part of the new Windows as a Service (WaaS) model, which means that instead of getting a brand-new version of the OS (e.g., Windows 7 and Windows Vista) around every three years, you’ll get two incremental updates with new features and improvements every year. In this new servicing model, the work to improve Windows 10 is an ongoing process, and it’s never consider a final product.

When the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be available?

The Fall update has a release date on September 2017, but it’s still unknown the exact day. However, it’ll be offered as a free update for all devices already running Windows 10.

Microsoft will be rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on stages, meaning that everyone will not get it the same day.

Instead, only a select group of PCs, laptops, and tablets to be known to work with the update will get it first. Then when the update has been through more testing, and it’s proven to work as expected, Microsoft will continue pushing this update to other devices.

In other words, if your device isn’t seeing the Fall Creators Update, it’s likely because it’s not ready for your device.

It’s always not recommended to force major feature updates, unless you know exactly what you’re doing, and you understand the implications.

How to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

When the Fall Creators Update arrives, and it’s ready for your device, you’ll receive a Windows Update notification asking you to review your privacy settings before downloading the update, and it’ll install as a regular update.

On the Creators Update, Windows 10 introduced new changes on how updates are delivered, so the download will be smaller and the installation will be faster than before.

If you can’t wait, there is a number of ways to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update using the Media Creation Tool and Update Assistant. You can also download the Windows 10 ISO file with the Creators Update if you want to take this route.

What’s new on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?

Although this release is not expected to be as big as version 1703, the Creators Update follow up coming this fall will introduce a number of new features and improvements focus on overhauling the user interface, and making Windows 10 more connected with your iOS and Android devices.

On the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft will introduce a new design language system officially known as “Microsoft Fluent Design System” (formerly known as Project Neon).

The new system will bring translucent, blur, and new animation effects to deliver a more intuitive, responsive, and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions.

This release is also focus to make other devices, such as your iPhone and Android phone to work better with Windows 10. Starting with the Fall update, the OS will connect to the Microsoft Graph to provide a connectivity glue with other devices.

 

Pick up where you left off using Cortana was first introduced with the Creators Update, and now it’ll be available across devices, including on Android, and iOS devices.

OneDrive File On-Demand is another new feature coming to the Fall Creators Update. Similar to placeholders, you’ll be able to access files in the cloud without having to download them to your device. In addition, OneDrive will be smart enough to decide which files you’re going to need, and it’ll download them automatically.

In this new version, Microsoft is also planning to introduce Story Remix, an evolution of the Photos app (the second coming of the Windows Movie Maker app). This new app will let you quickly and easily create videos of photos and other videos, and using AI and machine learning, the app will also find relevant content on your collections and create videos automatically, which you can delete and edit to your liking.

Also, new apps will be available through the Windows Store, including iTunes, Spotify, as well as Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora Linux.

How to defer the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Although the Fall Creators Update is aiming to be a great release, significant updates like this one are known not to be 100 percent free of bugs, even more during the rollout period.

If you want to avoid possible errors and other issues, it’s always a good idea to defer Windows 10 feature updates for at least a month or two until you know for sure the update is stable and working correctly.