With Creators Update Completion, Groove Music Maker is MIA

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Brad Sams in Windows 10 with 18 Comments

At the Surface Studio event last year, Microsoft highlighted a number of new features coming to the Creators update that will arrive on April 11th. These features include a new Game mode, Paint 3D, Windows Holographic and a lot more but what is missing is an app that is shown off in a video on the company’s Creators update promotional page, Groove Music Maker.

For many years, Apple has had its Garage Band app for MacOS and it looked like Microsoft was going to bring a similar app to Windows 10 with the Creators Update. But, as we learned today, the Creators update is complete and this app has never seen the light of day, nor does anyone know the status of it.

I’ve asked Microsoft publicly and privately for information on this app and have yet to get a solid answer on if this product is still coming or if the project has been shelved. Since the app was shown off in the video in October, I have been looking forward to it as I could genuinely use it for some of the audio/video work that we do here on Thurrott.

Microsoft had previously announced that another important feature had been cut from the update, the People Bar. When looking at the Creators update promotional video where the gif at the top of this post came from, there is at least one other UI element that didn’t make it into this release.

The Action Center was expected to get a slight UI refresh as well. As you can see in the image to the right, Quick Action items is no longer using large blocks for every button in the concept image. For audio and brightness, a slider was going to be available which is a huge improvement over the pre-defined settings currently used today for brightness but here we are, without those enhancements.

Seeing as Groove Music Maker is an app, the company could be holding it back and release it in beta in the near future. But, considering we have heard nothing about its progress or availability, I wouldn’t hold your breath for this one.

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