Published: Sat, September 02, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout to kick off October 17

Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout to kick off October 17

Windows Mixed Reality is possibly the most interesting feature arriving in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. "One of the ways we're supporting that mission is by taking this next step in our Windows journey and empowering the creator in all of us with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update".

What are your thoughts on new Mixed Reality devices?

This also applies to Timeline-supported Microsoft apps running on your smartphone.

Myerson said those dealing with Lou Gehrig's disease would welcome the update, as might other physically challenged Windows users, because Microsoft has included Eye Control.

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Asus' Mixed Reality headset is set for the spring 2018 release, and it will be priced at $535. Perhaps the most exciting is the addition of Windows Mixed Reality support, bringing immersive experiences to most everyone with a Windows 10 PC. With the Fall Creators Update, we've updated Game Mode, which allows your games to use the full processing power of your device as if it was an Xbox game console, right from a new button on the Game bar. Microsoft says that it will now be able to defend against new ransomware and exploits behind the scenes through the cloud.

Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Microsoft also will designate a September build of Windows Server 2016's first feature update (1709) as its "launch" candidate, as the company plans to announce at its Ignite conference in late September. The headset will cost $350 with controllers costing an extra $100 each. Headsets will have a starting as low as $299. Windows users and administrators can enforce the upgrade to install it as early as possible, or wait until Windows Update selects the PC for the update.

Microsoft's push comes as the USA tech giants - Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook, along with China's Baidu - increasingly battle to make augmented reality, together with artificial intelligence and cloud-based services, into the next computer platform. That may sound impossible but there's one caveat: On iOS and Android the feature is powered by SwiftKey (that's the keyboard app Microsoft acquired for $250 million last year), so you'll need to have that app installed in order to use the feature.

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