Creators Update will be progressively rolled out
Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update has finally arrived, with the upgrade being automatically rolled out from today. However, users have been warned to closely check their privacy settings as Microsoft has also updated the way in which it feeds back user data to Redmond.
The roll out, though, will proceed slowly as devices are scheduled for upgrade in order to prevent the company - and internet service providers - from being overloaded. So far very few machines have it and some sources say it could take up to four months for everyone to get their long-awaited copy.
The update, the first of two scheduled for this year, contains a bunch of new features, most of which are, as the name suggests, aimed at "artists" and "makers".
A headline feature for many will be Paint 3D, the first big upgrade to the art package that has been shipped with Windows for decades. Not only will it bring in many of the features that are required for 2D art, but it will also be able to handle designing three-dimensional objects, intended for Hololens and other virtual and augmented reality systems.
Other new features include a dedicated "Game Mode" with 4K support, including better integration for broadcasting your games.
For users of Windows' Edge browser, it's now possible to hover over a tab to see the contents without clicking it, much as you can with tabs, and the new MyPeople feature brings all contacts to the taskbar.
Improved personalisation, including the option to buy themes makes the Creators Update more personalised than ever before, and to make sure it stays that way, Windows Defender gets a facelift too.
Edge will also act as a built-in e-reader, and a blue light filter will take away some of that late night eye strain.
Oh and one great thing for Maker types. Raspberry Pi's build of Windows 10 will include Cortana for the first time, so you'll be able to make apps and gadgets that utilise voice control.
There's much more than that, of course, including neat touches like being able to draw on a map and turn it into directions, and the ability to unlock your computer just by having your phone in the same vicinity.
Of course, Microsoft has also made a fuss about what it claims are the improvements to privacy in Windows 10. We're not quite as impressed, but there's no doubt it is an improvement and users will be able to make decisions about data sharing from the moment the Update is downloaded.
There should also be fewer problems with forced updates, with Microsoft promising that users will be able to provide a time to install the Update that suits them. Whether it will nag users until they do remains to be seen - probably ‘yes'.
As for when you'll get it, that will depend on the age and type of the machine. Newer machines made by recognised OEM partners will have priority, before the Updates trickle down to hoi polloi in the weeks and months to come.