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Windows 10 Creators Update Explained

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Windows receives updates all the time, why is this one important?

Around the time of the official release of Windows 10, Microsoft has said that there was no official plan for a Windows 11 release. Rather than continue adding numbers to their OS, Microsoft stated that Windows 10 will receive a major update each year that will add new features to Windows 10. This is similar to how Apple has been sticking with OS X, now called Mac OS, for the last 10+ years. However, each year Mac OS 10 gets an update each year, with the current version being 10.12

What is the Creator's Update?

From Microsoft:

Coming as a free update early next year (2017) to the more than 400 million devices running Windows 10 and available to Windows Insiders this week, the Creators Update will bring 3D and mixed reality to everyone, empower every gamer to be a broadcaster, connect people faster to those they care about most, and much more.

The creator's update will completely revamp the Paint program, that has been largely unchanged since around the time of Windows 95. Users will now be able to use paint to create 3D objects. VR support for Microsoft's HoloLens will be available provided that the hardware can support it. There will be increased support for Xbox game broadcasting and 4K gaming.

There are new features to make it easier for users to communicate with one another as well. Microsoft has also announced that this update will add support to the latest wireless standard, 802.11ad

Any drawbacks from this update?

Windows 10 has shown a very deceptive side of Microsoft. To get people to update, Microsoft released updates to Windows 7 & 8.1 that coerced or tricked users to update to Windows 10 unintentionally or unwillingly. It is unknown if there will be similar methods used for future Windows 10 updates.

There are ads integrated all over the place within the Windows 10. According to BetaNews, the creator's update sneaks in even more ads. The positive side of ads is that the update is "free".

The presence of ads -- promoted apps/recommendations/suggestions/call them what you will -- is to be expected in an operating system that was initially given away for free, but some long time Windows users will no doubt find them grating.

Some people will not find these features useful. If the hardware is not advanced enough to run the newer features, this update will not be as meaningful. Also, for those that do not use 3D graphics, VR, and 4K gaming on Xbox live, there is not much else other than the security updates.

If I'm still running Windows 7 or 8.1, should I update now?

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This is a difficult question to answer, as each user has varying needs and hardware.

If you are still running Windows XP, unplug your computer now and upgrade immediately with a new machine. Windows XP has major security flaws and weaknesses. Microsoft no longer provides support for this OS (they stopped in April 2014, almost 3 years ago). Many 3rd party software developers have also ended their support for Windows XP as well. This leads to more security weaknesses. If you are running the original version of Windows 8, this also applies to you as Microsoft has support for this version.

If you are running Windows 7, it is probably safe for you to upgrade to Windows 10. However, keep in mind that Windows 7 came out in 2009. If your computer is from that time as well, it may be best to get a new computer as well as your hardware could struggle with the new OS. Also, Microsoft is still supporting Windows 7 and will continue to do so until at least 2020. It may not be worth the money to upgrade your OS without upgrading your hardware as well.

If you are running Windows 8.1, I see no reason why you haven't upgraded yet. I personally did not like Windows 8.1 and was much happier with the design changes in Windows 10. Most software should be compatible between the two versions. Keep in mind the free upgrade has ended and it will cost you to move to Windows 10.

There are some who predict that the adoption of Windows 10 will slow or plateau over the next few years. There are many factors contributing to this, such as Mac OS gaining users and Windows 10 upgrades (from previous versions of Windows) no longer being free.

This advice applies to home users only, if you are in an enterprise environment there is much more to consider before upgrading your OS.


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