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Windows10 Fall Creators Update launched
October 22, 2017, 4:08 pm

Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is here and ready to download. Just like previous updates, Microsoft is rolling it out in stages, and you can check whether it is available for your own PC from Windows Update. If your device is eligible then it will start downloading in the background, and a prompt will appear to schedule a time to install.

You can also manually update to the Fall Creators Update over at Microsoft’s Windows 10 site. Simply click the ‘update now’ button and proceed with the upgrade assistant.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a number of new features. The top addition is Windows Mixed Reality, making the operating system compatible with new headsets from Microsoft and other PC makers that are now available in stores.

Mixed Reality is Microsoft’s answer to virtual reality and takes on the likes of HTC and Oculus. The main selling point of Mixed Reality headsets is that they have built-in cameras and sensors to track motion controllers and as such do not require separate sensors placed throughout a room. Microsoft has picked the Windows Mixed Reality name because it believes the experiences of virtual reality and augmented reality (HoloLens) will eventually blend together.

Microsoft is also adding contact integration into the task bar, and tweaking the design of Windows 10 to include subtle animation effects. This new Fluent Design will include updates to apps, too.

My People is another new feature that makes the static Windows 10 task bar a little more personal. You can now pin friends, co-workers, or family members to the task bar, for quick access to contact details.

Microsoft’s Edge browser is also getting a lot of improvements in the Fall Creators Update, including allowing you to pin your favorite site to the task bar for quick access. The new update also allows you to annotate PDFs and EPUB ebooks.

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