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Windows Fall Creators Update now rolling out to everyone, including businesses

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / Oddly, Microsoft’s Mixed Reality house has no windows. (credit: Microsoft)

After being out for a little under three months, Microsoft has moved the Fall Creators Update to full availability, signaling that the company believes it to be ready for corporate deployments.

Microsoft rolls out the big Windows semi-annual updates on a staggered basis, making the update available to an ever larger range of users as the company builds a clearer picture of any hardware and software incompatibilities. Once it’s satisfied that any of these wrinkles have been ironed out, Microsoft offers the update to every machine that’s compatible. With the Fall Creators Update on 100 million machines, Microsoft has decided that the update is ready for its full deployment.

This development process has been refined over the last few years; the 2016 Anniversary Update raised a number of problems, causing Microsoft to be more conservative subsequently. The previous update, the Creators Update, took about four months to reach this same stage. The decision to make the Fall Creators Update, version 1709, widely available in less than three months shows that the company is more confident in this release and its wider deployment.

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Latest Windows release already on five percent of Windows 10 PCs

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / The Creators Update never ramped as fast as the Anniversary Update did. (credit: AdDuplex)

A week after its release, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is already on five percent of Windows 10 machines, according to numbers provided by AdDuplex.

The previous Windows 10 update, the Creators Update, was given a very slow rollout as Microsoft sought to avoid problems faced in last year’s Anniversary Update. Five months after its release, it was only on two thirds of Windows 10 machines, and now, at what is likely to be its peak, it’s on three quarters of Windows 10 systems. The Anniversary Update itself is still installed on 17 percent of machines. In contrast, the Anniversary Update was on some 92 percent of Windows 10 devices when the Creators Update shipped.

Microsoft’s phased rollout approach distributes the update to systems using hardware and software configurations known to work, incrementally adding new configurations as more real-world data about hardware and software compatibility issues is collected and addressed. The company is believed to have a larger body of tested, known configurations to enable a faster deployment.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update shaking up privacy settings some more

By Peter Bright

Microsoft is continuing to tinker with the privacy configuration and options in Windows 10, with the Fall Creators Update, due for release on October 17, including yet more changes to the privacy controls above and beyond those made in the previous update.

The biggest change surrounds not Windows itself, but third-party applications. Similar to applications on mobile platforms, Windows Store applications require permission to access things that might have privacy sensitivity—the camera, microphone, calendar, contacts, and so on. Currently, that permission has been provided implicitly; except for access to location information, which requires an explicit user grant, applications get access to these sensitive things by default. Access can be revoked after the fact, from the Privacy section of the Settings app, so users still have control, but the model is one of opting out of giving applications access, rather than opting in.

With the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft is switching things around to make Windows behave more like mobile platforms: all access to these sensitive things will now require an explicit per-application opt-in, with an on-screen prompt to allow access to, for example, access to the camera. On installing the update, existing applications will retain their permissions, but any new apps installed from the Windows Store will require their access to be enabled.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Debut on October 17; Here’s What’s New!

By Radu Iorga

After so many leaks and speculations, insider releases and so forth, we finally have a debut date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It’s coming on October 17th, so that’s the date when it will be shared to the public.

It should bring updates to the Photos and Videos applications, a revamped Windows Ink integration and new gaming features of course. Probably the area to benefit the most from this update will be mixed reality, with the many headsets out there getting supported by the release. Microsoft calls it Windows Mixed Reality and we’re talking about the Microsoft native VR and AR experience, that lets one connect a headset and interact with digital objects via motion controllers.

Windows Mixed Reality is integrated within the Fall Creators Update and it should provide support for headsets from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP and Lenovo. Prices for those devices are around $299, but motion controllers are sold separately for $100. These are of course cheaper and more commercial versions of the pricey HoloLens, possibly the only REAL mixed reality device.

The Fall Creators Update will be available for free for Windows 10 existing users and it’ll replace current builds being used on Win 10 PCs. Insider Preview folks probably have it already, so no problem there. The new release also brings the new traces and hints of fresh UI, the Fluent Design System. It does things with lighting and transparency that are unprecedented for Windows.

Support for writing on PDFs will also be here and a Find My Pen feature is bundled too. Remixing photos into stories is part of the update, plus Eye control, for those won’t can’t operate a PC normally.

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