Creators Update Rollout Begin on April 11 Worldwide, Surface Expand to New Markets

Windows 10 Creators Update will begin to roll out to customers around the world on April 11 as a free update and Surface Book, Surface Studio are coming to new markets.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will roll out to customers across the globe on April 11 as a free update to Anniversary Update, and brings in 3D and mixed reality to everyone, enabling gamers to be broadcasters and making Microsoft Edge faster and safer.

"We designed Windows 10 to empower the creator in all of us," writes Yusuf Mehdi. "To us, that means that everyone has the power to dream big, whether that involves starting a company, developing a lesson plan, inventing a product, developing or broadcasting games, or imagining a whole new world in Minecraft or mixed reality."

Here is what's coming in Windows 10 Creators Update:

  • With the new Paint 3D app in the Creators Update, it's simple to create 3D objects from scratch, easily changing colors, stamping textures, or turning a 2D picture into a 3D work of art.
  • Built-in game broadcasting on Windows 10. Now you can effortlessly stream your gameplay using the Game Bar—just hit Windows + G, click Broadcast, and start streaming on Beam—all without the need for additional log-ins.
  • Microsoft Edge is the default reader for books in Windows Store, and let you set tabs aside for easy access, and also now makes battery last longer so you can stream up to 1.5 hours of video longer than Chrome.
  • Tab aside in Microsoft Edge
    Tab aside in Microsoft Edge
  • The night light feature helps your reducing the blue light emitted by your screen. Smartphone users love this feature, and it's coming to Windows 10 as well.
  • The "mini view" lets you keep an ever-present small window on top of what you're doing.
  • With the Windows 10 Creators Update, screen time limits will be coming to Xbox One as well. For Windows 10, you can even get a report telling you what your child played each week.
  • To set up screen time limits, head over to account.microsoft.com/family, sign in with your parent account, and select "Screen time" for your child's account.
  • Windows Hello can use any paired iPhone, Android or Windows Phone to detect when you step away from your PC or tablet, automatically locking it behind you for an extra measure of security and privacy. This remote lock feature works with smartphones, fitness bands or any device that's paired to your PC or tablet.
  • New Windows Defender Security Center dashboard coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update gives you visibility of your device security, health, and online safety.
  • Windows Defender Security Center dashboard in Creators Update
    Windows Defender Security Center dashboard

Micrsosoft has last fall introduced Surface Studio, Surface Dial, and Surface Book with Performance Base. Today, Mehdi also announced that Surface Book and Surface Studio will be available in more markets in April, and that Surface Hub customers will receive new and improved features with the Windows 10 Creators Update for Surface Hub.

Surface Studio, is a new class of device that transforms from a desktop PC into a powerful digital canvas, unlocking a more natural and immersive way to create.

Today, Mehdi offered a few details on what to expect from the Creators Update for Windows 10 Team, the specialized version of the OS that runs on its giant touchscreen collaboration device Surface Hub. He said that the update will incorporate "some of the top requested features", including:

  • An improved Start screen that allows you to sign on with your credentials and access your Office 365 apps and OneDrive .
  • New manageability tools to simplify large-scale deployments
  • Improvements to apps such as Skype for Business "to help you connect better"
  • Enhancements to the Whiteboard app to "easily enable real-time collaboration between Surface Hubs"
Surface Studio
Surface Studio

Surface Book with Performance base is now available for pre-order and will be available for purchase on April 20th. While, Surface Studio and Surface Dial are available for pre-order today and will be available for purchase in Canada starting April 20th and in Australia and New Zealand on April 27th.

Added further, he said "a more detailed update on the great Surface Hub improvements coming in Creators Update" will be shared on or before April 11th.

Meanwhile, Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update build 15063.2 is now available in the Slow ring, which is followed by yesterday Microsoft release of Windows 10 Mobile build 15063.2 to the Fast ring.

Build 15063 is the RTM build of the Windows 10 Creators Update, and that's the same across the board between PCs, phones, HoloLens, Xbox One consoles, and anything else that's powered by Windows 10.

Earlier this week, two of the ISOs for Windows 10 build 15063 made a short appearence on Microsoft's servers, but both were taken down soon after. Now, though, Microsoft has officially published the ISOs on its Windows Insider site.

The new ISOs replace those for build 15058, while the latest ISOs for build 15063 are still marked as 'Windows 10 Insider Preview' builds, as the company is still testing bit before releasing generally.

As usual, the following five ISO variants are available:

Windows 10 Insider Preview - Build 15063

  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Enterprise - Build 15063
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Education - Build 15063
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Home Single Language - Build 15063
  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Home China - Build 15063
  • Before you proceed to download, make sure to be on Insider Program on Windows Insider website.

    The RTM build Windows 10 Creators Update Software Development Kit (SDK) is now available for download.

    It comes alongside a new Windows 10 Mobile emulator of the same build number, and ISO images of the PC build were made available too.

    You can download the SDK build 15063 over here.

    Payment Request API are also now available for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps to simplify checkout process.

    Introduced in preview in Microsoft Edge in December, the API (application program interface) allows customers to use payment and shipping options already saved to their Microsoft account.

    UWP app developers can now use the Payment Request API to streamline the checkout process for their customers.

    For more details on Creators Update, watch this video: