It’s a Date! Windows 10 Creators Update to Ship on April 11

Posted on March 29, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 44 Comments

It's a Date! Windows 10 Creators Update to Ship on April 11

Microsoft revealed today that the Windows 10 Creators Update will begin rolling out to customers via Windows Update on April 11.

“The Creators Update is designed to spark and unleash creativity, bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling every gamer to be a broadcaster,” Microsoft corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi said in a prepared statement. “Beyond creativity, it brings new features to Microsoft Edge, additional security capabilities and privacy tools, and so much more.”

In a briefing earlier this week, Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman reiterated the three primary themes that Microsoft communicated when it first announced the Creators Update in late October: 3D and mixed reality, gaming, and Microsoft Edge.

“This is the third major update to Windows 10,” he told me. “And the key features in this update will help light up creativity.”

I’ve provided a more detailed list of what’s expected in this release in my post Windows 10 Creators Update Preview. But at a high level, Microsoft is pushing the following changes in this release:

3D and mixed reality. With the Creators Update, Windows 10 gains a new Paint 3D app for creating 3D objects (with sharing via Remix3D.com), plus the plumbing necessary to enable Windows Mixed Reality: Compatible headsets from a variety of hardware makers are due later in 2017 and will start at just $299.

Gaming. The Creators Update brings a number of gaming-related enhancements, including Game Mode, which will make games run more efficiently. From a creator’s perspective, Beam compatibility will let any gamer broadcast their gaming sessions and interact with viewers in unique ways.

Microsoft Edge. While not specifically focused at creators, the improvements coming in Microsoft Edge are still notable: Microsoft’s web browser is picking up major security and performance improvements, plus new tab management and e-book functionality.

In addition to these big bucket features, Microsoft is also highlighting smaller but still important improvements like Night Light, which reduces the blue light emitted from your PC’s display, Mini View for picture-in-picture video display, and Remote Lock, which uses proximity sensing to lock your PC when you step away with a compatible device. Also, a new Windows Defender Security Center dashboard will provide better visibility into the security, health, and online safety of your PC, Microsoft says.

Given the problems Microsoft had rolling out the Anniversary Update last summer, the firm is taking a more cautious stand with this update. It says it is in “constant learn mode,” and will, as always, stage the rollout over time, gauging its success as it goes.

“It will start slow and scale out as we meet our metrics,” Mr. Woodman told me. “The objective here is customer satisfaction, not time to scale.”

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44 responses to “It’s a Date! Windows 10 Creators Update to Ship on April 11”

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    Waethorn

    As I predicted: it's not a March update after all.

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    garyprusso

    Now that the Creator’s update is shipping on April 11th, I expect the new hardware announcement to happen by the end of April.

    My Timeline Thoughts:

    • 2017-04-11 : Creator's Update (Redstone 2) Rollout
    • 2017-04-30 : New Hardware Announcement
    • 2017-05-10 : Build 2017 Conference
    • 2017-10-26 : Redstone 3 Rollout
    • 2017-11-09 : Ship New Devices – Lumia 1050 XL, Surface Book 2, Mobile Studio, Band 3, 3rd Party AR devices, etc.


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    YouWereWarned

    I expect that tax prep is one of the notable remaining uses of desktop PCs. Rolling out this major update just 4 days before a deadline that carries onerous consequences if missed seems ill advised. Save the "well you shoulda done them sooner" comments. April 20th would have been a much better choice given all that is known about human nature. Right, Cortana?

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    JimP

    Meh. Most of these features don't interest me. How about something useful like a good podcasting app, tabbed File Explorer or device encryption?


    Sadly, the best feature of Redstone 2 might be the address bar in RegEdit. :(

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    Aaron Kulbe

    So is it safe to assume that Build 15063 is what will be released as the CU?

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    wolters

    Forgot about the Night Light Feature. F.Lux is good but like to have something more integrated like this. I did grab the update yesterday and was really looking for details on the new features. Thanks for this post...

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    Jules Wombat

    Meh, The Creators Update is of very little significance or interest to most users. Certainly nothing here to inspire or reverse the decline in the use of Windows PC etc. Seriously how can anyone get excited about 3D Paint.

    Microsoft have delivered very little in the nine months of Windows Development.

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    Siv

    And still no right-click refresh in Edge? Lots of stupid features that are of no use (WTF are tab previews for?, do you not know what pages you opened a few minutes ago?) and yet they can't give the feature that is in all the main browsers "refresh" on the right click menu!? That's why I won't use Edge until they fix that. I know I can press CTRL + R but it's muscle memory!


    Also just discovered a bug if you open two tabs in Edge then preview the pages it won't close! I had to task manager it!

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    nbplopes

    Considering the feature improvement an new features list why is this called Creators? Gamer Update would probably be a better fit, but would not please businesses as much. The rest are important improvements within the Windows world, nevertheless improvements. So how major is really this?

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      CompUser

      In reply to nbplopes: I don't get the cutesy names at all. What's wrong with just calling it Windows 10.1703.xx (with the third decimal place to indicate the monthly cumulative updates)? I also think that calling it Creator's Release, or Gamer's Release, or whatever, will confuse the vast majority of Windows users who don't specifically fit into one of those categories. I'm pretty sure most users don't think of Windows as anything other than what runs when they turn their computers on, and that it's what makes it possible to get to the Internet and to run the apps and programs that they use. They'll see the name and think, well I'm not really creating anything, or I don't play games on my computer, so this new Windows really isn't meant for me.


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    Steve Martin

    The only update I might be interested in is the Game performance improvements. What exactly are those?


    Given that every company I've worked for in the past 15 years has supplied Mac's for it's developers, my only use for Windows is as a Game launching platform. So any real improvements there might be of interest, but I'd like a lot more details on what that is supposed to do. I generally tweak the machine to play games efficiently myself.

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    kjb434

    The Windows Insiders site is now allowing the downloading of ISO containing15063 again.  I guess after today's announcement of the rollout date on April 11th they decided to make the ISO available.

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    anchovylover

    I'm running it now and it is a solid update. No bugs to speak of, at least for me. A few new apps installed like MS Wallet and 3D Paint. Check your settings though as a couple of mine had been changed, only took five minutes to do that. The left hand side of the start menu has a few icons that can't be removed now and right clicking start menu has lost the control panel link. That may annoy some users I think.

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      warren

      In reply to anchovylover:


      A lot of stuff has disappeared from the Control Panel in this release (e.g. Display, Personalization, Screen saver, VPN connections), and almost everything that's still stuck in there (e.g. HomeGroup, Fonts) is easier to get at in Settings than before. You shouldn't ever need to see the old Control Panel home page.


      And if you do, press Start, type "panel", and hit enter. No big deal, right?

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    Delmont

    The Defender updates are really good. Much better detail.

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    Tony Barrett

    I have a pretty big feeling that the CU is going to be a major disappointment to most, ie, there will be no obvious changes, and only a few improvements here and there (I say this from an end-user perspective, not developer, or MS themselves). Mixed reality support and 3D will pretty much go unnoticed, Game mode is looking to be a letdown from early benchmarks, the jury is still out on Edge, and as Chrome and Firefox (and to a lesser extent IE) are all better than Edge in many ways, most will carry on using them as they've always done.


    I just can't see MS unleashing much with the CU, let alone creativity.

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    Dan1986ist

    Now the elephant in the room, when will Redmond be putting out culmative updates for those of us currently running Version 1703 in the Insider Program?

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    navarac

    "The Creators Update is designed to spark and unleash creativity, bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling every gamer to be a broadcaster,” 

    So, just 3 things that are of no interest on a Desktop PC, but there are improvements under the hood.

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    rameshthanikodi

    I wonder how many people actually care about Paint 3D and Beam streaming? I would imagine that Twitch is what everyone wants.

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