Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Arrive October 17

Posted on September 1, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 21 Comments

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Arrive October 17

Microsoft announced this morning that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be made available worldwide on October 17, in step with a new lineup of Windows Mixed Reality headsets that require this release.

“We are coming up on our fourth major update to Windows 10, and our mission with these updates is to create a platform that inspires your creativity,” Microsoft corporate vice president Terry Myerson says. “The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. With the Fall Creators Update, we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative.”

The Fall Creators Update will upgrade Windows 10 to version 1709 and it brings a number of new features and improvements, especially to key experiences like gaming, security, and photos. But no new technology weighs as heavily on this update as Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft’s attempt to take virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) mainstream.

“By combining our physical and digital worlds, we believe mixed reality is the next step in the evolution of human computing,” Mr. Myerson says. “It’s available from a wide range of partners around the world, like Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo, with headsets starting as low as $299.”

The Windows Mixed Reality platform sits somewhere in the middle between smartphone-based VR and PC-based VR, which to date has required an expensive gaming-class PC and a complex configuration. As Myerson notes, it provides “a mixed reality system that is not limited to a mobile device screen size.” But unlike those other PC systems, it is “easy to setup, not requiring you to mount cameras around the room.”

The first Windows Mixed Reality headsets will also be available on October 17 when the Fall Creators Update ships, Microsoft notes.

And so will a wide range of new PCs that run on this new version of Windows 10 and, in many cases, take advantage of Intel’s next-generation Core processors. There are many examples, among them the Lenovo Yoga 920 2-in-1 and Lenovo Miix 520, the fanless Acer Switch 7 Black Edition, Dell Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 and Dell Latitude 12 7285 2-in-1, and the HP ProBook 430 G4. And on the gaming PC front, Microsoft is calling out the ASUS ROG Chimera and the HP Omen X Laptop, both of which provide 144Hz refresh rates.

Myerson also offered a curious couple of comments about Windows 10 S, though no PC maker is yet offering this limited new system on a mainstream device.

“Introduced last May, Windows 10 S is specifically designed for simplicity and security, with significant breakthroughs in battery life and performance,” he says. “It’s off to a great start, with some of our highest customer satisfaction results yet.”

Also left unsaid was why Microsoft was still touting a months old number for Windows 10 usage; Myerson repeated the 500 million figure that Microsoft first announced back in May.

Microsoft also declined to mention anything about the Harman Kardon Invoke, the Cortana-powered smart speaker that may or may not ever ship. Many other smart speakers were announced this very week, but Cortana has been missing in action aside from its submissive role in an Amazon Alexa deal.

 

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22 responses to “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Arrive October 17”

  1. Todd Logsdon

    I doubt I'll see it as Microsoft has yet to even push the original Creator's Update to my 2 machines at home with Windows 10. All the update window says is that it is coming soon. I know I can go and force it to update, but if they are not pushing it on me yet that tells me there must be some issues with my hardware or something.

  2. mikemeltz

    Do we know the "magic date" to opt out of the insider program if we don't want to start getting RS4 updates ?

  3. red.radar

    I am still trying to understand why I need to upgrade. This Mixed reality thing just seems hokey. I have looked at demo's from other tech sites and I just don't understand what problem it solves. Ok.. video gaming. I'll grant you, but that seems niche. Most poeple want to play games on a smart phone. Something quick and easy.


    I think I will skip this upgrade.


    I wish I could get the LTSB of windows 10. No store, No Cortana, No edge, updates for 10 years. How do I get this version? ... oh only for enterprise customers... I think I would pay 200 bucks now for it. Get me off this crazy train. Hell, the version is attractive enough I think I will poke around at my friendly swedish software repository near a bay. Dang... I have a bad case of get off my lawn.

  4. navarac

    “By combining our physical and digital worlds, we believe mixed reality is the next step in the evolution of human computing,”

    I don't know where he is coming from! I love computers but mixed reality? Too many people live in Fantasy Land as it is. Half the young drivers on the road think they are in a video game !

  5. jlv632

    did a mobile date get posted?

  6. Win74ever

    What a joke. Another "Creators" update without software for creators. No Movie Maker, no Story Remix. I can't think of a single useful feature coming in this update other than being able to see GPU usage in Task Manager. They need to stop pretending Windows 10 has a future. By 2020 we'll have another version. Let's all hope Microsoft can learn with their mistakes and put a final end to this bullshit platform with no future and embrace Win32.

  7. pesos

    Anyone know if there will be a corresponding LTSB release like last year?

  8. Dan1986ist

    So the Magic Window to leave the Insider Program's Fast Ring and stay on whichever build of Fall Creators Update is released to everyone starting the 17th next month should start and likely end sometime this month?

  9. TomKer

    The false cadence of WaaS is off on the wrong foot right out of the gate. So we get 1709 in 1710. By the time it goes into pseudo-CBB (or whatever they want to call it) and we certify our apps we'll have less than a year of support left before we have to flush it out of our environment. And that doesn't even address the abbreviated time between 1709/10 and 1803. Two times per year is too much. Even a 9 month cycle would be better. Upgrading Windows is not the only thing we in enterprise have to do!

  10. Polycrastinator

    Could they not at least have called it Version 1710?

  11. UbelhorJ

    I'm actually really interested in these cheaper headsets. I'll be interested to see what ends up working and not working with them. Mostly I just want a VR headset for racing simulators which are playing sitting still, so no real need for all the fancy (and expensive) tracking cameras.

  12. Waethorn

    "Myerson also offered a curious couple of comments about Windows 10 S, though no PC maker is yet offering this limited new system on a mainstream device."


    Acer is the king of budget machines. If they don't do it, the platform is doomed.

  13. Waethorn

    So, I guess it's clear now that Microsoft wants to preempt Ubuntu release numbers with their own, a month early - before they're even ready for the public. These versions should've been released as 1704 and 1710, just like Ubuntu. But this is Microsoft we're talking about.

    • lvthunder

      In reply to Waethorn:

      What difference does it make? Absolutely none at all. I'm guessing the code will be final in September and it's just going to take them some time to decide who gets it first etc. Also remember they agreed to give the AV guys more time to test it.

  14. tbsteph

    Who cares. According to Paul Windows is doomed.

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