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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: Release date and new features

Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: Release date and new features

Expect some UI changes, a new Timeline feature and toolbar updates from the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

The Spring Creators Update, or Redstone 4, is the next major update to Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system and should be released in April. 

The Spring Creators update is expected to bring in a flurry of updates to Windows 10, which Microsoft has called its 'final' version of the software.

So seeing as it's unlikely we're going to see a Windows 11, we will probably see frequent, large updates to the Windows 10 platform.

What is the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update?

As the previous update was in Autumn and called the Fall Creators Update (Fall, of course, being Autumn in the US), it's likely that this update will be hailed the Spring Creators Update as it is expected to drop in April. 

This update is the latest in a long line of improvements to the OS including the Creators Update, which dropped in April 2017, and Fall Creators Update, which took place last Autumn. Not to mention the monumental Anniversary Update in August 2016.

The previous updates to the software have seen big improvements in most aspects of the OS including security, design and apps.

Even though the last update in Autumn saw some significant changes, such as an upgrade to Windows Defender, OneDrive Files On-Demand and new privacy settings, a few hotly anticipated features were left out which we assume will be included in this year's Spring update. 

Such as:

Timeline

The Timeline feature was mentioned in the Fall Creators Update but was labelled as something that was 'coming to Windows 10 soon'. 

Timeline is essentially an improved Task View and will offer a dashboard which lets you resume working open documents and programs from the past 30 days, across various devices.

Fluent Design

Initially released in the Fall Creators Update, Fluent Design - previously called Project Neon - added a couple of graphical changes to Windows 10 including Acrylic or blurring and animations, which soften the look of app icons, like that of iOS applications. 

The Spring Creators Update should see more added to this, with improvements expected to be focused on greater highlighting and image depth, providing a more contemporary style.

Settings app

Only small changes here, but definitely something you will notice. Settings should be getting a little revamp with Sounds, Languages and more settings being moved into the Settings app.

Microsoft Edge

Microsoft's Edge browser is also likely to see some improvements, although none are Earth shattering. 

In the Spring update Edge should be able to mute audio coming from other tabs in your browser and be able to support more touch-pad gestures and have an overall better UX and sleek design.

There is also talk of improved ebook support.

Nearby Share

Operating over Bluetooth, this feature makes it possible for you to share files between devices that are nearby. So rather than using a USB stick or sending an email, you'll be able to ping it across from your PC to another. 

Other improvements 

Windows 10 users should also witness some changes to Cortana, with improvements to its syncing capabilities and interactions with third-party apps. 

This update could also see some updates to 'My People' which was part of the Fall Creators Update. Now you will be able to pin more people to your taskbar.

When will the Windows Update be released?

If previous updates are anything to go by, it's likely that Microsoft will release the update in stages, starting off with a release for developers, various betas and final testing.

So while Microsoft is yet to announce its official launch, the first 'Creators Update' was rolled out on the 11th April, so keep that date in mind. 

This article first appeared on Computerworld UK.


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