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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release starts October 17

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Myerson Windows 10 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

During its IFA keynote in Berlin, Germany, Microsoft officially announced that the forthcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is headed to PCs starting on Tuesday, October 17. Microsoft's Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, revealed the date as well as an overview of new features, hardware, and the push for Windows Mixed Reality.

The Fall Creators Update, a.k.a., Redstone 3 kicked off Windows Insider builds at the beginning of April with build 16170, and the latest 16278 build was previewed earlier this week. After nearly six months of public development, Microsoft is in the final weeks of testing, polishing and fixing remaining bugs before general release meaning Insiders should still see a few more releases before its finalized.

While not as creator-focused as the original spring Creators Update, this fall refresh brings many newer improvements including OneDrive files on demand, which has been a top request for users ever since Windows 10 was released nearly two years go.

Other features of the Fall Creators Update include:

  • Windows Mixed Reality, including support for non-discrete GPU laptops.
  • Windows Inking improvements like marking up PDFs, smart ink that converts drawn shapes into more perfect ones using artificial intelligence and Windows Find my Pen.
  • Accessibility features like eye-tracking to help those with Lou Gehrig's disease.
  • New input enhancements like Emoji 5.0, handwriting improvement, scrolling webpages with a pen.
  • More EPUB support and UI changes to the Edge browser.
  • Changes to Windows Shell like new context menu icons in Start, My People Hub, pop notifications, some Fluent Design, and more.

Regarding Windows Mixed Reality, those new headsets from Microsoft's OEM partners also begin shipping on October 17 alongside the Fall Creators Update.

You can read about many of the changes in our Fall Creators Update page, which has a running list of some of the improvements coming on October 17.

As expected, there was no mention of Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft's phone OS, which is now in maintenance mode with the Feature2 branch.

Microsoft is wasting no time with Windows development, however, as this week Windows Insiders on the new "Skip ahead" ring already began receiving the first bits for Windows 10 Redstone 4, which is due in spring 2018.

So far, Microsoft has not said much about what the focus of Redstone 4 will be, but we're sure to hear more in the coming months.

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

40 Comments
  • story remix is not coming on October 17?  Figured this would be one MAJOR feature that "creators" would want to know about...
  • story remix is coming this fall just 3d in video part delayed till rs4 :)
  • Then delayed until RS19
  • ha well it seem done and ready at the least 
  • Have you been using it marty?  with 3d?
  • it coming to skip ahead very soon from the vp of photos Chris Pratley on (sep 2). also seem you can unlock some of them by Anteprima italiana. com
  • It didn't get released to A/B testers until late May or June. Launching as OS is like taking off in a plane. If after a certain distance your not safely off the ground, you RTO.
  • and btw what about scan real world in 3D by the phone RGB camera?
  • Only graphics i think dont fix the internal as drivers. something importants operation perfomances etc. Would fix also drivers many time have drivers old installed as new driver. Is camouflage. We cannot unknow but is camouflage like bad
  • Waitiong f9r the day when all control panel elements have converted to setting app
  • YES! It really needs to be an all or nothing situation. They've had plenty of time to figure it out by now.
  • "plenty of time", how long is it "supposed to take"? I want that as well and it has been gradually progressing towards that, but something like completely converting the control panel is not a simple thing.
  • That's Diwali!!! Yay!
  • Microsoft overpromises and underdelivers once again.
  • MS came with new polish for Wall Street!
  • Just like your post.
  • so much for nothing call it imrovements don't call it fall creator update
  • or God creator!
  • don't put god into humans made software that doesn't offer that much 
  • And the windows phone?
  • Kaput!
  • I still have systems that have not gotten the last creator's update...
  • Cool...still waiting for the first creators update on my 950XL. At this point I'm not expecting to ever get it. I'll just hangout on the Release Preview ring hoping Microsoft will prove me wrong.
  • Go to insider preview to take updates
  • I like the maintenance mode. My L950 on the fast ring is faster then ever before. (it's not a joke)
  • I know and my 640 xl it's faster than before
  • Mine doesn't even ring !
  • I wonder that key members who failed windows phone, will do how they mess up windows too.
  • I wonder if they chose October, because of Intel's new processors ship that month.
  • There is a lot of WIN...In WinTel 
  • Is there a path to allow insiders to exit the program via an update rather than a fresh install? 
  • No.
  • if your on rs3 just have to wait till rs3 is ready than move pubic release 
  • Should have waited until 31st could have called it code name Jack o lantern.
  • I'm so glad they let me get 10 free...just said I use disability features..I do.  8.1 was horrible. My laptop loves 10.
  • Okay, now give me a Surface Book 2 already.
  • Microsoft has "Timeline" with a video clip of the new feature on the official announcement page. Is it delayed or not??? See here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/upcoming-features
  • switched to archlinux!!!! happy pc user !!
  • I just went back through a few articles....watched the fluent design video.  DAMN!!!! come on microsoft...get the lead out and get that fully available to developers etc....Put fluent in windows 10 moible and fire it back up!  JESUS H CHRIST....!!!!
  • Only graphic interface i think dont fix the internal as drivers. something importants operation perfomances etc. Would fix also drivers many time have drivers old installed as new driver. Is camouflage.We cannot unknow but is camouflage like bad