Microsoft rolls out new Windows 10 update and laptops

Yet some of the update's standout features-Story Remix and new Windows Timeline prime among them-are missing.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be released today, bringing with it Microsoft's new Fluent Design system.

Microsoft's Windows has been one of the platforms in which users can practically customize everything, and recent reports have revealed that the tech giant would like to take it a step further with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

AR, or Augmented Reality, is also receiving a lot of love. We will also have articles coming soon that explore some of the new features of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. For the most immersive mixed reality experience, our partners launching the very first Windows Mixed Reality headsets today, beginning at $399 for headsets bundled with advanced motion controllers.

In case you've missed our flurry of coverage over the past year, Windows Mixed Reality is the new name for Windows Holographic. Samsung's offering, the HMD Odyssey with dual AMOLED displays-the same screen technology the company uses on its smartphones such as the Galaxy Note 8-ships November 6.

On Oct. 11, Facebook's Oculus VR subsidiary announced the Oculus Go, a lightweight and self-contained $200 headset that doesn't require users to be tethered to a PC or a smartphone. Currently, the Fall Creators Update is being rolled out in phases, with some areas having it delivered via Windows Update before others. Included in the system software is a Mixed Reality Viewer which uses the PC camera to display 3D objects over a user's surroundings.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update also features some obvious changes to Windows 10's design. In addition, the built-in Windows Defender Antivirus uses a companion cloud service to specifically detect and thwart ransomware strains such as Locky, Petya and WannaCry.

Meanwhile, researchers with Google's Project Zero have warned that users of Windows 7 and 8 face potential hacking risks because they receive software updates less frequently than do Windows 10 users.

"And for us, those experiences begin with Windows 10, the most-popular version of Windows on the planet, with over 500 million devices in homes, businesses, and schools helping you create and play". Instructions are available in this blog post.

  • Kara Saunders