Today’s the day when Microsoft begins releasing the Windows 10 Creators Update. Here are 7 things solution providers need to know about this latest version of the popular PC operating system:
1) Release timing: For the release of Win10 Creators Update, Microsoft is taking what it calls a “phased approach.” That means not everyone will get it today. Instead, newer devices, especially those tested by Microsoft and its OEM partners, will receive the update first. Then updates to other devices will released based on feedback Microsoft receives from the first group. The process will then be repeated “over several months,” according to a recent blog post by Microsoft’s director of Windows servicing and delivery, John Cable.
2) Privacy: Users of either Windows 7 or 8 will be asked to make what Microsoft calls “important privacy settings” before they can set up the Win10 Creators Update. Users who already have Win10 will be sent notifications to choose their privacy settings. This will also replace the previous Express Settings.
3) Greater Control: Your clients will be able to schedule — and even reschedule, if need be — the timing of when the Win10 Creators Update installs. A pop-up box will give them 3 options: Restart now (and start the installation); pick a time (and date); and snooze, which lets the installation be delayed by up to 3 days.
4) Giving Feedback: Microsoft says it wants to hear from users of the Creators Update, and it has installed a Feedback Hub app in the OS to let them do just that.
5) Get Help: To help users struggling with Win10 Creators Update, Microsoft has also installed another app, called Get Help. It helps user either find a solution on their own or get connected with an expert who can help. The app uses a virtual support agent that takes the user’s description and then finds the best answer, support article or human expert.
6) Windows Phone: I’d be surprised if any of your clients run smartphones with this operating system — its market share remains that tiny — but if they do, tell them Microsoft plans to start the Creators Update for phones on April 25.
7) Surface Hardware: Aside from phones (see #6 above), Microsoft has emerged as a top hardware seller in the U.S. For other countries, its Surface line of devices — including the Surface Studio, Surface Dial and Surface Book with Performance Base — are now available for pre-order for purchases starting later this month.
Specifically, Surface Book with the Performance Base will be available for purchase in several European countries as well as China and Japan on April 20. Surface Studio and Surface Dial will be available for purchase in Canada on April 20, and in Australia and New Zealand on April 27.
And Surface Hub, Microsoft’s meeting system, is today receiving its own version of the Windows 10 Creators Update. Updates include an improved start screen, new management tools, and enhancements to apps including Skype for Business and Whiteboard.