Hot on the heels of Microsoft accidentally releasing the ISOs for the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update to the Internet yesterday, the company has gone ahead and confirmed that April 11 is the day we’ll all be able to jump on in. It’s all but a short wait at this point.
The Creators Edition (build 15063) is the third major version of Windows 10, and as its name suggests, it brings with it a number of “creative” enhancements. But that comes in addition to general polish OS-wide, and some other new features. While it might seem like the Creators Update isn’t as massive an update as it could be, chances are you’ll be noticing new things for weeks after pulling the trigger on the upgrade (notice how the Command Prompt has been replaced with PowerShell in the Start menu context menu in the shot below?).
To get people excited for the Creators Edition, a tease is now placed on the update page of the OS’ Settings screen: “Good news! The Windows 10 Creators Update is on its way. Want to be one of the first to get it?” If you are, you’ll simply be told to join the Insider Preview, although from first-hand experience, that does not guarantee you’ll immediately see an upgrade.
We’ll be taking a deeper look at the Creators Update in the near-future, but what you should expect to see is a lot of polish that’s not even expected – and while that’s a bland, perhaps broad statement, this really is one of those times when most of your discovery will happen from actually using the updated OS, not simply being told about it. Things you didn’t realize needed a polishing have been given a polishing, but in quick testing, nothing stands out so far as being a bad update.
The “Creators” part of this update is mostly tied to the fact that Paint has seen an overhaul to support 3D objects. Everyone seems to be balking at this, and while it’s not going to be a Photoshop replacement, think about this: when has Paint ever really changed? It’s seen minor updates from release to release, and in most cases, “minor” is an understatement. This is the first truly major update to Paint, and that in itself is quite exciting. Ahem – even if you never actually decide to use it.
The Creators Update is also the first to support Game Mode, which throttles back Windows resources to provide more to games. We’re still not sure how well this will work, but don’t expect it to create miracles.
If you want to learn a lot more about the Creators Update, you can check out Microsoft’s preview. If you want to beat the April 11 street date, join the Insider Preview program inside of Windows 10’s Settings screen, and be prepared to wait for Microsoft’s servers to give the a-OK. You won’t get upgraded super-fast, but it’ll be a lot quicker than two weeks.