Announced at the Build conference last week, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be the next major Windows 10 upgrade. Yes, Microsoft is reusing the name “Creators Update” from the update launched this Spring. The Redmond-based company is really making an effort to make its OS attractive to creators.
Apple’s macOS has always been a draw for creative types — artists, photographers, movie editors, etc — so you can understand why Microsoft is trying to make its OS much more attractive to those people in order to win them over to Windows. Follow along below, and we’ll show you everything we know that’s coming in the Fall Creators Update.
Timeline, Clipboard and continuity
Timeline is a new feature that will make the Task View area of Windows 10 more efficient. Basically, it gives you a grid of apps/workspaces you were using earlier and across devices, and depending on what you choose, you can quickly go back to that session with said specific app or workspace by selecting it. It also comes with a sort-of Pick Up Where You Left Off feature, which lets you resume your work across multiple devices. So, say you were working on a project on a smartphone, with this feature, you could put your smartphone down, fire up your PC and begin work where you left off on your smartphone.
There’s also going to be a new cloud-based Clipboard service integrated into Windows 10. Microsoft will be using its SwiftKey keyboard (which it acquired last year) to help offer this functionality across ecosystems. In the keyboard, there will be a new tab or option to see a bunch of content you may have copied from your Windows 10 device. The plan is to have this work across ecosystems, so from and two your Windows 10 PC, you’ll be able to copy content across Windows, iOS and Android. Not only that, but Microsoft will also be integrating this into its Office apps.
Again, this is very much trying to compete with Apple’s ecosystem and the continuity it has. Seamless transitions like these will make an overall better experience for users.
Another thing users will see in the Fall Creators Update is on-demand OneDrive files. In other words, OneDrive will only download files on-demand or when you need them. In fact, within File Explorer, you’ll see an icon indicating if said file is available locally or whether they’re in the Cloud and need to be downloaded. The intention is that OneDrive Cloud file will take up a whole lot less disk space, only serving you Cloud files locally when you need them — of course, this does require you being connected to the Internet almost all the time.
What about the everyday user?
Unfortunately, many of these features are very focused on, well, creators. Many of these tools here will make things easier and more seamless for them. Again, not necessarily a bad thing, but since Windows 10’s launch day, there’s been issues that have needed to be addressed or fixed that would make Windows’ primary user base very happy — the everyday user.
Even after this Spring’s Creators Update, things are still a bit of a mess. Windows Update got a little better, but it’s still a frustrating mess. With the update, there’s new options for how updates are installed, but you still don’t have a choice whether to download an update or not, only to “delay” it. It still continues to be a “Microsoft know what’s best for you” thing.
Windows 8 had a disaster of a Start menu, and while it got a little better in Windows 10 and then Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, it’s still an area of frustration. There’s no real way to make it a “real” Start menu. You have two lists here for sorting your apps — Most Used and Alphabetic order, both of which aren’t very helpful, as the easiest way to find your application is to still use the Search bar.
Another confusing area is the overall interface. Sure, it’s better than Windows 8, but there’s still areas of confusion. For example, you have your modern UI going on for most of Windows 10, but then you jump into something like Control Panel, and you get something that’s very similar to the Control Panel of Windows 7, or even further back, Windows XP. It’s not seamless in the least.
These are all complaints we’ve seen since Windows 10’s launch, none of which has been addressed. Microsoft keeps trying to band-aid the Windows Update situation, but really, all users want is control back. And who knows if Microsoft will ever address this, as so far, it feels like the every day PC user has been forgotten in Microsoft’s foray to modernize Windows.
This is an early announcement of the Fall Creators Update, showing off some of the major changes, so Microsoft still has time (and probably will) throw in other features, too. So, we may yet still see some changes; however, past updates haven’t had much for everyday PC users either, so don’t get your hopes up.