Microsoft is about to release a major update to Windows 10. We have a preview of what you can expect.
Sometime this spring, probably in April, Microsoft will release the Creators Update, one of the two major updates to Microsoft Windows 10 that will roll out this year.
What can you expect to see? For a start, ignore the name “Creators Update,” because the release has very little to do with creating things — with the exception of some virtual reality features and a minor app for creating 3D content.
However, there will be some real changes to the operating system. You’ll get more control over Windows updates, some improvements to the Edge browser, some nice interface tweaks — including to the Start menu — and more.
Microsoft has been releasing preview builds of the Creators Update since August; they’ve become less buggy and more feature-rich as the operating system gets closer to the final release date. Here’s a preview of what to expect, based on the latest builds and information made public by Microsoft.
More control over Windows updates
To begin with, when the Creators Update hits, you’ll no longer be unexpectedly interrupted when Windows decides to do an update.
When an update is available, a notification will appear, and you’ll be given the option of whether to install it immediately, schedule it for a specific time, or put it off by clicking “Snooze.” Snooze means the update won’t
install for three days. After that, you’ll get another notification about the update, and you can click the Snooze button again. In this way, you’ll be able to indefinitely put off the update.
The Creators Update will include a feature that alerts you when you have an update, and give you the choice of installing immediately, choosing a specific time, or putting it off by clicking “Snooze.”
This feature isn’t yet included in any of the public preview updates, but is described by Microsoft in its blog.
Users with Windows Pro, Windows Enterprise or Windows Education editions get even more options. In those editions, cumulative monthly updates can be automatically delayed for up to 30 days. And “feature” updates, which add new features to Windows, can be delayed by up to 365 days. (Currently, for Windows Pro, Windows Enterprise or Windows Education users, these updates can be deferred for 180 days.)
Start Menu improvements and interface changes
The Creators Update will make some useful changes to the overall Windows interface, including to the Start menu. Don’t expect anything drastic. In fact, in the normal course of your day, you may never notice the difference.
People who use the Start menu a good deal will welcome one of the changes, which lets you place tiles for multiple apps into folders. Those folders also look like tiles and show small icons of every tile inside them. Click any folder to open it, with all the apps appearing as individual tiles. Click the folder again, and all the tiles slide back into it. It’s a great way to clean up your Start menu.
Other interface changes are more minor, such as a change to how the Apps category appears in Settings. In the current version of Windows 10, you get to the Apps settings via Settings > System > Apps & Features. In the Creators Update, Apps will get its own top-level setting. The new Apps setting also consolidates apps-related settings that were scattered in other locations, such as Default apps, Offline maps and Apps for websites.