Microsoft is mere weeks away from launching its second major Windows 10 update, known as the Creators Update.
The update is free for existing Windows 10 users and will roll out to PCs globally. As with every update, Microsoft has a number of new features and changes lined up, including many that Insider Program users have been testing already.
Not everything the Insiders have been testing will definitely be included in the final update, but there’s a strong chance many features will arrive in some capacity. If you want to get the Creators Update early, find out how by clicking here.
Or you can see all the new features we know Microsoft has been working on for the Creators Update below.
Tab previews on Microsoft Edge
Microsoft’s web browser Edge looks set to receive some refinements.
Among them is a new tabs preview option, which shows you a shot of each web page you have open at the top of your screen.
Users will also be given the option to block or allow Adobe Flash content on a site-by-site basis, much like other web browsers.
Microsoft wants to enable users to create and share 3D images, so could launch a new 3D version of its long-running Paint app.
The 3D options are a far cry from the basic tools currently available on Paint, which has been largely ignored for years but is still useful for many users.
Judging by the preview video below, the new 3D options will be particularly useful to those using a touch screen and stylus.
3D support is also coming to the Microsoft Edge web browser and PowerPoint, so that you’ll be able to view, create and share 3D models.
Communicate and share using MyPeople
MyPeople is a new feature which allows you to contact people directly from the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.
You can talk to people or share documents – you can even send 3D objects, linking back to what we mentioned previously.
MyPeople hooks up with Microsoft’s own messaging app Skype, meaning you can send texts and use other social networks right from your desktop.
The app is essentially about bringing together all your existing means of communication into one place while you’re using your PC.
More options from the Action Center
Microsoft is refreshing the Action Center in the Creators Update.
Volume and brightness will now be fully adjustable from within the Action Center with a slider among the Quick Actions – an improvement on the previous brightness button which would only increase or decrease by 25% at a time.
With its own HoloLens wearable device in mind, Microsoft is focusing on mixed reality, which will largely benefit gamers.
HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus and Acer will be among the first to ship virtual reality headsets capable of mixed reality with the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Unlike virtual reality, mixed reality brings some real-life objects into the mix. Watch the video below to get a taster of what Microsoft’s mixed reality could look like with HoloLens:
Blue light reduction
Many devices now comes with blue light reduction in a bid to help users sleep when it gets late.
Windows 10 could follow suit, after references to “BlueLightReduction” were found in recent preview software.
Pause Windows Updates
One of the most frustrating features of Windows 10 was automatic updates. Users could no longer stop regular Windows Updates, which is a good thing as it keeps machines secure, but updates don’t always land at convenient times, slowing down your PC just when you needed it the most.
It seems Microsoft may be willing to meet users half way in the Creators Update by offering a new ‘pause’ function which will allow people to prevent software from being automatically installed on their machine for up to 35 days.
End of the blue screen of death?
It's not quite the end of the blue screen of death, but beta testers have recently noticed that it has turned green.
Microsoft has since explained the change, saying that blue would continue to appear on consumer editions of Windows 10 and that the green screen of death is for those using the Insider Program.
Microsoft is apparently exploring a new feature which would lock your PC as soon as it detects that you've stepped away from it.
The technology could work with Windows 10's existing Windows Hello feature for logging in with your face.
Greater battery adjustments
The Creators Update may also provide you with more control over how your battery is used.
At the moment you can choose either performance or power, but a new slider may allow you to adjust how you distribute your battery's usage how you see fit.
Trial apps before you buy
Playable Ads have been spotted in the very latest preview, which allow users to try out paid-for Windows 10 apps before buying.
Users get thre minutes to interact with the advert as though the app is installed, giving them a real taster of what the app is like.
When is the Creators Update released and how much will it cost?
How do we know about these features?
We test new Microsoft updates on the Insider Program, which allows you to try out incomplete Windows 10 builds before they are released.
We are currently testing it on the ZenBook UX330UA - available for £764.99 on Amazon.
Article updated: 24/03/2017