12 Reasons why you should get Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
If you use Windows 10, it is almost impossible for you not to have heard about major updates being released every few months. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is the next major update, and it is coming in September 2017. Fall Creators Update includes several new features that are designed to enhance the experience of creative users, just like the Windows 10 Creators Update did before it, in the spring of 2017. If you want to know more about Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, what it is and whether you should install or defer it, read this article:
What is Windows 10 Fall Creators Update?
In April 2017, Microsoft released Windows 10 Creators Update to all Windows 10 users, for free. It was a new version that had quite a few new features to offer. We presented them here: What is Windows 10 Creators Update and why should you install it?.
Microsoft did not manage to finish and release all the features they wanted at the time. That is why the company decided to continue their work and release Fall Creators Update. The name of this update is not very creative, but it does tell you what it stands for: finishing the good work that was started with Creators Update. The name also says that this update is coming during the autumn (if you are British) or fall (if you are American). The exact availability date is October 17th, 2017. Until then, let’s see what is new in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and why you should install it as soon as it becomes available:
1. You can communicate faster with others
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduces a new and exciting feature called the “My People” hub. Using this hub, you can pin your favorite people to your taskbar and communicate faster with them via email messages or Skype. All it takes is a few clicks or taps. Get more details on how “My People” works, from this article: 5 things you can do with the My People hub from Windows 10.
2. Files On-Demand are back to OneDrive
Windows 10 is now able to show you in File Explorer all the files that you have stored in your OneDrive storage space, including those that are available only in the cloud. Microsoft calls this feature “Files On-Demand.” We believe it is useful because you do not have to download all your files to be able to access them. That also means that it is ideal for people who have lots of files stored on their OneDrive spaces but do not have a large storage capacity on their Windows 10 devices to accommodate all their data.
3. The Start Menu is even more customizable
Microsoft worked on a series of improvements that change the way Windows 10 looks and works in Fall Creators Update. One of the things that have changed is the way the Start Menu works. In Windows 10 Creators Update, you could resize the Start Menu only horizontally and vertically. In Fall Creators Update, you can also resize it diagonally, which is a faster way of making the menu both wider and taller, or the other way around. Here are the details on how it works: How to change the size of the Start Menu in Windows 10.
4. You can see how your video cards are used in Task Manager
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update brings another interesting and useful feature: the Task Manager is now able to display how your video cards are used. It is a valuable tool if you want to know what apps are eating away your video performance. Gamers and video editors are going to be thrilled about it.
5. Windows Defender protects your important folders from ransomware
In Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Windows Defender gets a security feature called “Controlled folder access.” When enabled, you can use this tool to protect folders from any unauthorized access or changes by apps or programs. That ensures you of the fact that no malware can alter your most important files from folders such as Documents or Pictures. It is also a good thing that this tool also lets you include custom folders to the list of protection, besides the default protected folders.
6. The Action Center is reorganized and looks better than before
The Action Center also get a revamped look that follows Microsoft’s Fluent Design System. The way it is organized and the way it displays information is cleaner and thus easier to understand. We love the new version, and we think you will enjoy using it too.
7. You can control how much bandwidth is used to download and upload Windows 10 updates
The Windows 10 Settings app offers more control than before over how system updates are handled. You can now control how much bandwidth your PC is allowed to use for receiving and sending updates on a monthly basis.
If you are on a metered connection, you will love this feature.
8. Microsoft Edge gets an official full-screen mode
It is weird, we know, but up until now, Microsoft Edge had no full-screen mode, although a workaround did exist. In Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, however, you can switch Microsoft Edge into full-screen mode just like you do with any other web browser: click or tap on a button or press the F11 key on your keyboard.
9. You can share files directly from the right-click menu in File Explorer
Yes, it is as easy as it sounds: when in File Explorer, you can right-click (or tap and hold if you use a touch screen) on file and use the sharing option from the contextual menu, to share it with your contacts.
10. You can link your Android or iPhone smartphone to your Windows 10 PC
By linking your smartphone to your PC, you will be able to continue your work from one device to the other seamlessly. For instance, if you browse the web and read a website on your smartphone, you can switch to your Windows 10 PC and continue from where you were left, using Microsoft Edge. The same process applies to reading and writing emails and using other apps developed by Microsoft. Yes, this is the condition for being able to play and work across devices: you must use Microsoft’s apps on your Android or iPhone smartphone.
11. Storage Sense is a lot more powerful
Storage Sense can take care of your storage space by automatically deleting temporary files as well as files from your downloads folder that have not been changed during the last 30 days. It is also able to remove previous Windows versions to regain space. To see more about how the new Storage Sense works, read these guides: How to automatically free up space in Windows 10, with Storage Sense and How to clean up Windows 10 storage space like a Pro, with the Storage Sense.
12. You can ask Cortana to sign you out, shut down, restart or lock your Windows 10 PC
You no longer have to get out of bed or sit at your Windows 10 PC to do any of these actions. If you have Cortana enabled, you can ask her to shut down your computer after you have finished watching the latest episode from your favorite TV series. Here are more details on how all that works: How to ask Cortana to lock, sign out, shut down or restart your Windows 10 PC.
Other features and improvements that are coming to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
There are also other smaller improvements and tweaks that are coming to us in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Here are the most interesting of them:
- The power options battery icon from the system tray now displays a slider which you can use to switch between the available power modes.
- Microsoft Edge allows you to pin websites to the taskbar.
- Microsoft Edge includes a right-click option called “Read aloud.” If you use it, Microsoft Edge can read the content of a web page aloud.
- The scrollbars from Windows 10 windows are getting smaller when they are not used, to leave more space for what matters.
- If you use an Android smartphone and you have Cortana installed on it, you can see missed calls on your Windows 10 PC also.
All these new features and improvements are reasons why you should install Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as soon as it becomes available. Do you like what is coming in this new Windows 10 release, or do you believe that Microsoft should have included more new things with it? Don’t forget that you can share your opinion in the comments section below.