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Microsoft has big plans for the Windows 10 Creators Update
Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update is now just days away from release.
The company’s next major upgrade to Windows 10 has been in development for nearly a year now, and hopes are high.
With over 500 million installs around the world, Windows 10 is one of Microsoft’s most popular releases ever, meaning that the Creators Update needs to impress.
So with a whole host of new additions and upgrades on the way, what are some of the key new Windows 10 Creators Update features you should be excited for?
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A new way to Paint
First off is an exciting refresh of one of the most iconic Windows apps.
Microsoft Paint has more than 100 million monthly users – and thanks to Creators Update, it's about to get a futuristic makeover.
The company says that the new-look Paint 3D will be "a completely redesigned app", taking advantage of the Surface Pen to let users draw directly on to the screen for the first time.
Users will now be able to freely create 3D objects through their mouse or Surface Pen accessory, which would also suggest that the app will work with Microsoft's HoloLens virtual reality headset.
There is also a library of default 3D shapes that can be drawn and edited, allowing for extensive models to be created – such as a preview of a new kitchen layout.
Brushes can be used to spray effects directly on to the 3D models, which can then be placed into live and vibrant environments.
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All in all, it’s a world away from the original simplistic Paint app, and could transform your creativity.
Creating detailed 3D models is easier than ever in Paint 3D
Better and smoother gaming
Windows 10 Creators Update is set to be the most gaming-friendly Microsoft release to date.
The company is set to launch a special gaming mode which it hopes will enhance online and offline gaming for users.
Windows 10 Game Mode will tweak the system’s processes to prioritise CPU and GPU resources to enjoy better frame rates when playing – hopefully meaning a smoother and more enjoyable gaming experience.
There’s also a new ‘Game Bar’ toolbar, which can be summoned by pressing Windows+G, to bring up shortcuts that will allow users to grab screenshots, record video and broadcast live action online via Microsoft’s Beam service.
Safer security protection
Security has become one of the biggest worries for many PC users, with new attacks and scams emerging all the time.
Microsoft is hoping that Windows 10 Creators Update will be the most secure version yet, thanks to a new service that it says will simplify keeping your device safe.
The new Windows Defender Security Centre will ensure that users are protected by default and continuously protected, the company says.
Windows 10 Creators Update also has a new feature which looks to stop the installation of potentially destructive non-Windows apps.
The new feature will detect when a user installs an app or program not from the Windows Store.
Customers will be able to completely block installation of outside apps, which could be useful if more than one person uses a specific device.
Windows MyPeople will combine all your top communication apps
Staying in touch gets even easier
Despite mobile chat apps becoming the main way for many people to stay in touch these days, Microsoft is hoping Windows 10 Creators Update can offer an alternative option.
The update will include a new service called Windows MyPeople, which looks to streamline your communications and make it easier to stay in contact with your favourite people.
MyPeople brings together several of the most popular communication services, including Mail, Skype, Xbox live and even SMS from mobile phones, to make sure you never miss a key message.
Users can then reply through the app of their choice, cutting through the noise to make sure you're always in contact.
The update is also introducing "Shoulder Taps" – short emoticons or icons to send a quick message to the people you speak to most, meaning that you'll never miss out on anything important.
A whole new look at the world…through HoloLens
Microsoft has big hopes for its HoloLens hardware on 2017.
The augmented/virtual reality headset is able to transform the world around you in a multitude of ways, and Windows 10 Creators Update could be the best way yet to show this off.
The technology firm recently showed off some demos highlighting the potential of HoloLens at home and at work.
One showed how a user could manipulate a 3D model to decide whether a chair they were interested in buying online would fit in their home.
Users will also be able to use HoloLens to transport themselves into a virtual 'home' where they can interact with their favourite apps and 3D memories in a "mixed reality" world.
Also shown off was a new 'HoloTour' app that is able to transport you anywhere in the world, bringing famous sights around the world into your living room.
So if you need a change of scene, Windows 10 Creators Update could bring the world to you.