For those of you frustrated by the new versions of Windows coming out every few years, there’s good news: Microsoft has committed to a predictable, twice-a-year feature release schedule for Windows 10 with each new release being serviced and supported for 18 months. This implies that, at least for the foreseeable future, Windows 10 is going to be the latest version of Windows.
These new feature releases are scheduled to arrive in March and September each year. The newest update – the Creators Update — released just recently with some pretty cool new features…
Picture-in-picture support has been added, allowing you to watch content while still being able to browse the internet or keep working in other apps. Currently, only some of Microsoft’s own apps support the feature, but future updates from all developers will be able to include the feature.
Another new feature is one called Dynamic Lock that’s great for people prone to forgetting to lock their computers when they step away. Pair a phone, watch, or other wearable Bluetooth device with your computer and Windows 10 will automatically sense when your connection has moved too far away, locking your computer for you.
For the night-owls among us, Microsoft now has a built-in feature to reduce the amount of blue light coming from your computer screen. It’s this blue light from the screens of electronic devices at night that trick our brains into staying awake long after we’ve tried to go to sleep. Night Light, as this new feature is called, can be set to reduce the blue light after sunset or at a specific time you chose allowing you to fall to sleep more easily – even if you’re on your computer until midnight trying to make a crucial deadline.
The creatively inclined will appreciate the rebuild of Microsoft Paint. Paint 3D does exactly what it sounds like; not only can 3D objects be created from scratch, there’s a whole community within the app just for sharing those objects with other users across the world. You can even create 3D images from a photograph! An update to the Microsoft’s Photos app now allows you to add comments or captions to a photo and share it easily.
You can check out other new features from the Creators update in the link below. You can also check out what’s in the works for the update later this year. Working under the code-name Project Neon, Microsoft has started to show glimpses of refreshed user interface among other minor adjustments that are in the works.
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