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By Michael Fiorito, MDS

ON OCTOBER 17, Microsoft will release a new version of Windows 10 called the Fall Creators Update. It’s loaded with new features for both everyday users and adventurous types. Here’s what you need to know before you click update.

What Should I Expect?

The Fall Creators Update offers a new Photos app for all of your organization and editing needs. There’s a new feature called Story Remix that makes it easy to combine pictures and video clips. You can even mix in music.

With this version of Windows, Microsoft incorporates VR into its operating system. You’ll need a compatible computer and a relatively-affordable headset.

Microsoft’s also making a big push for 3-D objects, starting with Paint 3D.

Even if you’re not interested in VR, you should apply the update. In addition to the standard security fixes, there are other useful features. Windows can now talk with your Android phone (if you use Microsoft Launcher) so you can create a memo while you’re in transit, then finish it when you get to the office, or home. You can annotate eBooks in Edge, pin your favorite contacts and websites to your taskbar, and even get better protection from ransomware. You’ll also be able to manage battery life based on your needs, and people with disabilities can use the new Eye Control feature to move the mouse just by looking around.

Let’s Get The Party Started!

First, make sure your computer’s ready for the new OS. It’ll need at least a 1 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM for the 32-bit version or 2GB for the 64-bit variant, and at least 16 GB of free storage for the 32-bit version and 20 GB for the 64-bit version. Make sure to backup your computer before doing anything. Note, you’ll need more computing power if you’re looking to try out all the new mixed reality features.


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