With Creators Update Completion, Groove Music Maker is MIA

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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  • TheJoeFin

    Premium Member
    29 March, 2017 - 9:17 am

    <p>It is worth noting that if anyone wants a "music maker" FL Studio Mobile seems to be a pretty good UWP for exactly that: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/fl-studio-mobile/9nblggh1zjcr </p>

  • Lewk

    Premium Member
    29 March, 2017 - 9:26 am
    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      30 March, 2017 - 10:54 am

      <blockquote><a href="#93929"><em>In reply to Lewk:</em></a> Did you forget to write "First"?</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • navarac

    29 March, 2017 - 9:30 am

    <p>Audacity works fine for me.</p>

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    29 March, 2017 - 9:35 am

    <p>Because nothing worth announcing is worth actually delivering on, right? Why do they love to do this? It's such a cliche with Microsoft. If they'd actually follow through on the things they say, they could probably make some headway, but apparently writing a lightweight DAW is a very hard computer science problem.</p>

  • wolters

    Premium Member
    29 March, 2017 - 9:56 am

    <p>With this MIA and no replacement for Windows Essentials (Movie Maker), doesn't Microsoft consider media enthusiasts as "Creators"? </p>

    • PhilipVasta

      29 March, 2017 - 11:55 am

      <blockquote><a href="#93950"><em>In reply to wolters:</em></a></blockquote><p>I'm glad they're pushing ink. But to call something the "Creator's Update" and ignore everyone but graphic artists is pretty annoying.</p>

      • jimchamplin

        Premium Member
        31 March, 2017 - 10:43 am

        <blockquote><a href="#93993"><em>In reply to PhilipVasta:</em></a></blockquote><p>This.</p><p>There are many reasons I switched my Mac mini back to macOS this past week, but the lack of good non-high-end DAWs on Windows really is a major one. I know that FL Studio exists, but you know what? So does GarageBand.</p><p>When I can run that on my phone, tablet, and computer, it just makes perfect sense. It replaces both the 4-track for recording demos, and several other pieces of hardware and software, none of which I owned and would have to purchase at great cost on Windows.</p>

    • the_zeni

      29 March, 2017 - 5:42 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#93950"><em>In reply to wolters:</em></a></blockquote><p>Yeah was hoping for a Movie Maker replacement too. This "Creators Update" is lacking so much basic creators stuff that was once available in Windows, it's almost embarassing.</p>

  • Vuppe

    29 March, 2017 - 11:13 am

    <p>Well that's…unsurprising. I wonder if they'll ever stop overpromising and under-delivering. </p>

  • gregsedwards

    Premium Member
    29 March, 2017 - 12:37 pm

    <p>Remember the Surface "blades" they were developing that would give content creators unique experiences tied to apps? Yeah, that.</p>

  • ChristopherCollins

    Premium Member
    29 March, 2017 - 3:23 pm

    <p>Maybe it will be a downloadable UWP app. I'd like them to make all their apps optional during setup.</p><p><br></p><p>Could have just decided to stop developing it too.</p>

  • toshdellapenna

    29 March, 2017 - 7:31 pm

    <p>The existence of this would knock 1 more win32 app off of my list. Hopefully it sees the light of day sometime soon! </p>

  • toshdellapenna

    30 March, 2017 - 12:03 am

    <p>The existence of this would knock 1 more win32 app off of my list. Hopefully it sees the light of day sometime soon!</p>

  • will

    Premium Member
    31 March, 2017 - 12:18 am

    <p>Welcome to the new Microsoft! Speak first, deliver later!</p>

  • Salvador Jesús Romero Castellano

    31 March, 2017 - 6:17 am

    <p> At this pace, if this is not dropped, but delayed, the next feature update is going to be called the <em> Missing Features update</em>.</p>

  • abcoates

    05 June, 2017 - 1:46 pm

    <p> Has there been any suggestion that MS might bring low latency audio to PCs, as Macs have had for a long time now? Having to run 'asio4all' &amp; use a low latency audio I/O device so you can hear audio as you record it would seem to start from the whole experience.</p>

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    30 April, 2018 - 5:40 am

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