Windows Fall Creators Update available from October 17th

Posted September 02, 2017

Global plans for Mixed Reality headsets have been pretty quiet so far, but at least there's a British price. Instead of using lighthouses, sensors, or a camera, the Mixed Reality sets for Windows 10 will have "inside-out" spatial tracking that relies on internal cameras, along with accelerometers within the controllers and linking sensors to the headset for positional awareness and motion tracking.

One of the key features of the Fall Creators Update (FCU) is Windows Mixed Reality.

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Microsoft's personal-computer hardware partners will start selling mixed-reality headsets on October 17 when Microsoft debuts the next version of its Windows 10 operating system, dubbed the Fall Creators Update. We'd certainly hope so. Windows Insiders will be the first to try the final version, and then it will be released to all users.

Applications for the mixed-reality headsets include games, education and video entertainment in immersive, 360-degree virtual environments. Lenovo will be selling the Explorer in October though it hasn't confirmed an official launch date.

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When you look at what's coming in the new code, however, it appears that the update is more of an incremental addition rather than anything really game-changing, albeit with a few caveats. Another feature that is delayed is the Clipboard feature, which allows users to copy data between phones and PCs.

Today, we're pleased to announce that the next update of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, will be available worldwide October 17. For most consumers, both quality and feature updates are delivered automatically according to their Windows Update settings. That may sound impossible but there's one caveat: On iOS and Android the feature is powered by SwiftKey (that's the keyboard app Microsoft acquired for $250 million last year), so you'll need to have that app installed in order to use the feature.

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The Timeline feature was created to allow Windows 10 users to switch between the using the operating system on multiple devices, including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, with Timeline allowing them to pick up where they left off by keeping track of running apps and tasks.