Windows 10 – Fall Creators Update
The next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be downloaded onto computers starting 17th October. This is the fourth major update to Windows 10 and future major updates can be expected six-monthly. The free update includes support for mixed reality and virtual reality devices. The Photos app can now integrate photos, video, 3D effects and music. The Edge web browser not only displays PDF files but allows you to type text onto them – useful for filling in boxes on forms, ready for returning to the sender by email or snail-mail.
The Fall Creators Update includes support for Virtual Reality and Mixed reality devices. Just put on the headset, plug it into your PC and you’re ready to interact with the mixed reality world. The headsets, of course, are not part of the update. They cost from about $300 upwards and are made by several major computer companies. With a Mixed Reality Viewer, you can see 3D objects mixed into your actual surroundings through your PC’s camera. Do you need this update? Definitely “Yes.” Maybe the flashy stuff doesn’t grab you – but this update is a must-have because it has a lot of improvements in the smoothness, security and reliability of Windows.
Here are some other changes.
• You can pin up to three contacts to the taskbar.
• You can pin websites to the taskbar
• There is a new option for linking an Android or iPhone device to your Windows 10 PC.
• Battery life improvements.
• Cortana can shut down and restart your PC with voice commands.
• The security system, Windows Defender, is part of every Windows 10 computer. It has been significantly improved, with more features to protect you from viruses and other nasties.
If you have not been getting the regular monthly (and sometimes more often) updates to Windows 10, you have to get them before being able to receive the Fall Creators Update. So you need to have your computer running and connected to the internet regularly and for enough time for the updating to occur. If it’s a lengthy process, you should have the mains power adapter connected to your laptop to avoid having the battery runs flat half way through the job.
Source = Tauranga SeniorNet newsletter