It has come Windows 10 Creators Update, the second major update of the latest operating system by Microsoft after the summer of last year Anniversary Update. The improvements are many and are mostly oriented to creative environments, but there are developments in other areas.
The update will begin to reach the users automatically from today, but if you hurry to access these options you can follow these instructions. You choose the method that you choose, Here we present the main novelties an important update for Windows 10 users.
Microsoft prepares us for the mixed reality, becomes Paint 3D
The first significant change in this update is the inclusion of 3D Paint, a very special version of the legendary program of basic drawing of Windows that had been years without any noticeable improvements, but which now comes with a series of tools that allow you to “draw in 3D”.
This application allows create objects in 3D, change colors, stamping textures or convert 2D images into 3D designs. In addition there is an interesting repository of remix3D.com 3D designs to expand this creative field in which Microsoft managers want to involve all the users sharing their ideas and even if they want to do an impression of these creations 3D.
These Paint 3D creations also can be export to Microsoft Edge then enjoy it in all its richness with glasses of virtual reality, as well as offering other applications such as Holotour to make virtual tours with augmented reality devices.
To this upturn is compounded by the bet by the mixed reality, that for the moment it is rather lame: support for devices of mixed reality is already there, but those products will not come until the end of the year. In fact we have available a “Mixed Reality” application, but when trying to launch it appears an error message about not having a device connected to the computer.
Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo they will offer their solutions starting at $299, and then when we can check if this mixed reality by which bet Microsoft – mixing with augmented reality virtual reality – actually meets expectations. This Microsoft bet differs from which you have made with the HoloLens, which are aimed at more ambitious environments and applications.
Beam, or how to become a famous gamer
Some Youtubers and Twitchers have become Gold broadcasting their games to all kinds of internet in their channels of video games, but now Microsoft offers do the same to users of Windows 10 and Xbox One beam.
This application It facilitates considerably the retransmission of our games: It is sufficient to activate the option for items in the Xbox One (especially striking if you have Kinect) or Windows 10 (with webcam) that even regardless of account service will create a temporary and assigned us a URL that you can share with our friends so they can enjoy the show.
This app boasts a low-latency and also It offers tools such as a chat to participate in emissions with the rest of the spectators. A good alternative to the solutions offered by YouTube and Twitch, and that could encourage more and more players to issue those items so that others can see how they play, learn and enjoy with these emissions.
Interesting changes in other options aimed at the enjoyment of video games have also been. We are not only talking about Beam, but this new “game mode” that if we want to automatically starts in Windows 10 when we are playing a game to give any priority to that game compared to other applications running in the background.
The option is available in the new section “juego” of the settings of Windows 10 and also via the menu which appears when you press Windows+G when we are playing a video game. Much of the preferences related to video games are now within that section, which allows configure from there the game, videos of games recorder toolbar (Game DVR), retransmission (the aforementioned Beam) and the section on the “game mode”.
The Xbox One is also available in series to treat of make it even more fluid experience in those video games, but you can disable that way if we don’t want to subtract priority to these tasks in the background. Microsoft already explained how it worked in the official blog a few weeks ago.
The Microsoft Edge browser continues to improve
This update can also enjoy of the new Microsoft Edge options, the browser that takes time trying to become a reference tool for users of Windows 10.
To achieve that Microsoft has implemented novelties that according to the company make it more efficient -your laptop hold more if you use this browser – and also more secure. In this last area Microsoft managers ensure that Microsoft Edge “blocks 9% more sites phishing and 13% more malware than Chrome”.
Joins those options a new advanced management of tabs that allows in the first place”Book tabs for later”, so that when we are with certain group of tabs open that you want to store for later we can group them into a small fixed tab which you can then return to recover.” By the way, it is also possible to anchor tabs.
Second one has been added tabs preview You can find that really wanted to see when we have many open. A drop-down button activates the preview so that we can then select the tab to open at any time. Another interesting improvement: Edge becomes the only browser today able to play videos from Netflix at 4K, as the native client… provided you have a 4 K monitor and a processor of the Kaby Lake family.
Microsoft Edge can also Act as eBook reader, an option that is not utilized in the Spanish Edition because Microsoft has combined this option with the purchase of books in the store’s Windows at the moment. That Yes: can benefit equally from it since this function allows that we can comfortably read PDF books (as before) but also books in EPUB format.
Even more relevant, practical improvements
These major new developments have left site for small surprises that are especially striking in the practical field. One of the most noteworthy is the presence of the mode night light Activating a different color and brightness settings when it is done at night, something that is automatically detected based on our time zone and location.
It is also possible to activate the call mini mode playback, You can have a small video screen “superimposed” on the rest of windows we are using. The idea is to see series, films, hold a conversation via Skype or change music no matter what we are doing in the background. This mode is available in some applications such as films and TV or Skype, for example, but it would be interesting to also work on Edge at least for videos on YouTube, something that is not possible at the moment to minimize.
The parental controls also have integrated particularly prominently in the Xbox One, where the upgrade to this version of Windows 10 will allow to establish timetables in which children can use the console (and also the PC with Windows 10), closing the session automatically when the time limit has elapsed. It is also possible get a weekly report to know what your son has played.
Another interesting best practices is the possibility of using the Windows Hello technology in conjunction with any Mobile based on iOS, Android or Windows Phone. If it is detected we move away (with mobile accompanying us) of the job, will activate the “dynamic locking” screen. It also works with bracelets quantifier and paired to the PC or Tablet via Bluetooth connection devices.
Windows Defender takes center stage, but the privacy also
In this edition of Windows 10 has been also strengthened the prominence of preinstalled by default security tool. Indeed we have the new and undamaged Windows Defender Security Center, that acts as a centralized control of the options for this application panel.
In this panel It is possible to manage the anti-virus, the network protection, firewall and other options like those parental controls than those mentioned above.
“There is also a section aimed at analyzing the”health of our devices”. The so-called “Performance and device status” shows information about the status of our device’s face that potential problems be prevented.
Another great paragraph in which Microsoft has made an effort is in the privacy. As we explained a few days ago, during the installation of Windows 10 or update Creators Update will be offered us more detailed options that allow to select what we share and what not with Microsoft during our sessions, but we will also be able reconfigure these sections later in configuration.
Other surprise (good and bad) improvements
Microsoft has highlighted all these developments as the most important in your operating system, but there are some changes and features that for one reason or another have not obtained so much advertising by the firm of Redmond.
One of them is the new feature which is of convert to Windows Store in the commercial centre the installation of applications on Windows 10. We talked about this new philosophy that will do something more difficult to install applications if it is not through the official app store.
In reality it is almost as easy always “Skip” this impediment to install, for example, emulators that you won’t find in the Store Windows, and you can simply access the system configuration for in the section “Applications and features” Select what type of sources admitted for that installation of new tools.
Also come changes in the policy updates, now improving in a fundamental aspect of: the installation of updates we can delay up to 7 days, In addition to being able to decide if we want to include driver updates in those downloads. Slots in which those updates will be installed also expands, and this benefits in addition to the new Unified Update Platform, allowing to optimize download sizes or requirements to install.
The integration of Cortana is still important, and Microsoft have also added small improvements in Windows 10 voice Assistant. It is now possible for example set monthly reminders rather than just punctual. There is also a new “storage Sensor” that allows us to free up space automatically when the disks are too full. That option adds the possibility of restart, turn off or block our computers, or adjust the volume of the device.
The native video player already includes native support for video in 360 degrees. The themes of the System Manager also allows you to select a completely custom color instead of the color group that so far offered 10 Windows. The application of maps now allows to draw routes and calculate distances of these routes thanks to the support of the stylus/pen on devices that use this device.
Folders come in addition to the start menu, which allows us to imitate the behavior of folders on smartphones for Group applications by theme, For example. These folders can then be used as one “tile” more in the start menu of Windows 10.
The support for high resolution monitors He has improved in this actualiazcion, something that Microsoft managers explained in an article in the official blog. Now the behavior of Windows 10 monitors UHD / 4K and above you can adjust very powerful, and can even set the HiDPI settings according to the application-specific controls.
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