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Windows 10 Mobile Creators update: Major features, Changelog & Release Timelines

Microsoft has termed Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 as Windows 10 Mobile Creators update. Microsoft is putting a lot of emphasis on 3D, mixed reality in Creators update. As per Microsoft,

The Creators Update will enable anyone to create, share and experience in 3D and mixed reality, connect people faster to those they care about most and empower every gamer to be a broadcaster. And with the Creators Update, Microsoft Edge will be the first browser to bring 3D to the web.

We would recommend you to Bookmark this page as we will keep it updated with new changes and features revealed in Insider builds.

Windows 10 Mobile Creators update Release Date:

The update release is planned in early 2017 as per Microsoft. We earlier reported that it may be known as Version 1703, hinting a March release. But we can tell you that while Windows 10 Creators update may be out for PCs in March 2017, it will be delayed by one or Two months for Mobile. So, we can expect a roll-out in April-May 2017.

Windows 10 Mobile Creators update Major Features & Changelog:

While Microsoft has announced all the Window 10 Creators update features keeping windows 10 PC in mind, major features listed below are applicable to Mobiles also. We have also compiled the Insiders Preview Builds’ changelog consisting of both officially announced and unmentioned changes noticed by us.

3D for everyone (Paint 3D):

We introduced a new way to bring your ideas to life with Paint 3D, your new 3D art studio.

All-new Paint 3D user interface

We also introduced the new online community Remix3D.com, connecting creators and creations around the world. Remix 3D will enable all new scenarios for creators to share their 3D creations broadly with the Remix 3D community. Everyone is welcome to start creating and sharing in Paint 3D today by joining the Windows Insider Program at insider.Windows.com. You can learn more about 3D in Windows 10 in this blog post and at Remix3D.com.

Office apps to support 3D models and add new inking features:

The Windows 10 Creators Update is bringing new features to Office apps, including support for 3D models and new inking capabilities.

3D in Office

With PowerPoint on Windows 10, you will be able to add 3D models to bring your presentations to life and you will be able to change perspectives of 3D models by rotating in three dimensions and apply transitions like Morph to apply cinematic 3D animation. The new inking capabilities announced today in Office include Ink Editor in Word, which lets you use your digital pen intuitively to make changes directly in Word, making your pen a more powerful editing tool than ever. To learn more about these new features, visit the Office Blog.

Mixed Reality:

Powerful and affordable virtual reality is coming to everyone with the Creators Update. HP, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS, and Acer will ship the first VR headsets capable of mixed reality with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

The Windows 10 Creators Update will be the most powerful and affordable way to experience mixed reality. Today we announced that HP, Lenovo, ASUS, Dell and Acer will ship the first VR headsets capable of mixed reality through the Creators Update. Coming in 2017, these accessories will contain built-in sensors to enable inside-out, six-degrees of freedom for simplified set-up and to more easily move around your home as you experience virtual worlds — no markers required.

Custom Accent Color:

Windows 10 Mobile Creators update may bring options to personalize your device. It may bring custom accent color and allow one to set color of his / her choice as the theme color.

Upcoming Continuum features :

  • Work on Phone and the connected screen (via continuum) independently without worrying about one screen timing out and getting locked
  • Keep your phone in pocket and connect wirelessly with the dock
  • Customize your Start screen while using Continuum independently from Phone
  • More Windows 10 PC features enabled while using Continuum mode. Taskbar pinning, Windowing, Multitasking, Enable “Win key+type”

Changelog (Official & Unmentioned Changes from Insider Builds):

We will compile the official and unmentioned changes noticed in Insider Preview builds of Redstone 2 aka Creators update here.

  • Read EPUB books in Microsoft Edge on your phone: In addition to being able to read any unprotected e-book in the EPUB file format on your PC with Microsoft Edge – you can also read unprotected e-book in the EPUB file format with Microsoft Edge on your phone! When you open an unprotected e-book in Microsoft Edge, you will be taken into a customizable reading experience where you can change the font and text size and choose between 3 themes: light, sepia, and dark. As you read, you can leave bookmarks. To navigate through an e-book, you can use the table of contents or seek bar at the bottom of the browser. And you can also search for words or phrases and use Cortana to define specific words.EPUB books in Microsoft Edge on your phoneYou can download and read unprotected e-books from places like Feedbooks, Project Gutenberg, Free eBooks (requires sign-up), ePubBooks (requires sign-up), Open Library and even our own Microsoft Press. Try out reading an e-book in Microsoft Edge on your phone and let us know what you think!
  • We’ve changed the rendering technology used for many types of UWP app content, so please provide feedback through the Feedback Hub if you notice any new visual glitches in UWP apps.
  • Alarms sent by 3rd party alarm apps will now break through Cortana’s Quiet Hours – we appreciate all the app developers who logged feedback requesting this, keep it coming!
  • We’ve removed the top-level option in Notification Settings to disable alarms on the lock screen – alarm reliability is a top priority for us, and we’ve found this setting was frequently enabled accidentally, without awareness that it would stop alarms from waking the phone when the phone was locked. For those who still wish to enable this setting, it’s will continue to be available under the per-app notification settings.
  • Notifications from Settings can now be customized or disabled – option is available under Settings > System > Notifications > Settings
  • We have enabled OAuth support for Yahoo Mail accounts. This will improve sync reliability for those accounts, and provide a secure experience while browsing your email.
  • Now there is an option to toggle on or off all the background apps. So, you can allow or disallow all the apps to run in the background in one go. Settings–>Privacy–>Background Apps
  • The Data Usage has three new options. The good old Windows Phone 8.1 settings of “use cellular instead of Wi-Fi” makes a comeback. Restrict background data and Restrict background data while roaming settings which were available on WP8.1 are back too. Settings–>Network & Wireless–>Data Usage

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  • If you go to Storage, you will notice that you don’t need to go to another page to set where to save Offline Maps data. You can now use drop-down in the storage settings to set Device or SD Card as storage for offline Maps.
  • Following feedback discussing French punctuation rules, we’ve updated our French keyboards (with the exception of French (Canada), for which these rules don’t apply) to now add a space both before and after when using two-part punctuation marks, such as the semi-colon, the colon, the question mark and the exclamation mark.
  • There is an option in Microsoft Edge settings that may allow to set default browser in future. It doesn’t work for now

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  • Start Screen Multitasking Card is now removable and can be dropped like other App cards. Doing so refreshes the start screen live tiles.
  • Storage settings have new icons to show for all the items
  • HTML6 Score has shown improvement for Microsoft Edge 15. Yes, Microsoft Edge has hit version 15.
  • Separate screen time-out settings when using Continuum for Phone (Mobile): Today, we are happy to announce the availability of a top user request for Continuum for Phone. With this update, you will now be able to turn off whichever screen you are not using with Continuum – saving battery and preventing screen burn-in. If you are working on a Word document, your phone screen will sleep without any impact on your Continuum session. If you make a call, hang-up, or press the phone power button, you can keep right on working in Word with Continuum. And, if you prefer longer or shorter timeout values, you can change them independently for the phone and connected screen, using the settings found under Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. Have fun, and keep sending us great feedback on Continuum!

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  • Updated Wi-Fi Settings page (PC and Mobile): We continue to make Settings more similar across Windows devices. We have added a new setting to the Wi-Fi settings page. When you go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi on your PC, then turn Wi-Fi off, you can now select a time under “Turn Wi-Fi back on” to have it turn on automatically after the amount of time you choose. It’s set to Manually by default in this build
  • We are also continuing to move functionality from the Wi-Fi (legacy) screen to the new Wi-Fi settings screen on Mobile. After you turn off Wi-Fi, choose a time under Turn Wi-Fi back on to have it turn on automatically after the amount of time you choose. Based on what we heard from customers in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we changed the default setting from “In 1 hour” to Manually in this build.
  • Option to prevent autocorrection (Mobile): On your phone, if you see that an autocorrection is going to happen (i.e. the first candidate is bolded) and it’s not what you intended, you will now see what you originally typed as the second candidate. Tapping on that candidate will prevent the autocorrection, and the system will learn your vocabulary and get smarter over time.
  • Option to remove a word from user dictionary (Mobile): We learn from your typing on the phone and build up a local user dictionary that adapts the keyboard prediction, autocorrection and shape writing experiences to your language style. Sometimes you may type a misspelled word and send it as is, sometimes you may tap on a red squiggled word and then tap the “+” sign by accident. Both save the unwanted word into your user dictionary, and it may appear when you type something similar in the future. Now you have a way to manually remove bad entries: tap on the word you don’t like in the text box, and you will see a candidate that is the word with a “-“ sign before it. Tapping on that candidate will remove the word completely from your user dictionary and no longer suggest it.
  • Important note about a change to automatic backups of your phone (Mobile): We have changed the frequency of scheduled backups for Mobile to once a week. Initiating a backup manually by clicking the “Back up now” button remains unchanged and works as expected. You can do this via Settings > Update & security > Backup and clicking the “More options” link at the bottom. As always, it’s good to do a backup of your device before updating to a new build.
  • Expanding our to text prediction to more languages: This has been an exciting build for keyboard improvements, and we’re excited to announce one more – with this build, we’ve updated the following keyboards to now support text prediction: Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Slovene (also called Slovenian), Bulgarian, Albanian, Macedonian, Afrikaans, Galician, Basque, Swahili, Bangla in Bangladesh, Georgian, Azerbaijani (also called Azeri) (in Latin script), Kazakh, Armenian, Hausa (in Latin script) and Uzbek (in Latin script). If you speak any of these languages, we’d love for you to try it out and let us know how it feels (specific examples really help, if you have any). We’ll be watching the feedback closely and plan to update this work based on what we hear from you.
  • Snooze in Microsoft Edge: We know you all love when we get creative with you, so we have added an experimental “Snooze” action on a tab in Microsoft Edge which provides you with a way to set a Cortana reminder on the website you are viewing. People often keep tabs open in their browser indefinitely as a “to do” list, and do not close those tabs until the action associated with that website is complete. This feature lets you put a site into a Cortana reminder that will show up as a notification and in Action Center, allowing you to quickly open that site in Microsoft Edge when you’re ready to get back to it.

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  • Updated Wi-Fi settings page (Mobile): As part of our experience of unifying the settings experience across devices – we have updated the Wi-Fi settings page via Settings > Network & wireless > Wi-Fi on Mobile to match how it works on PC. The new Wi-Fi settings page isn’t complete yet as we continue to port over functionality. If need, you can fallback to using the Wi-Fi (legacy) settings page to access any missing functionality. In addition, we added the capability for you to connect to WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) networks on your phone.
  • Making pin login easier: Ever tried to enter your pin, only to discover the numbers you’ve been typing are nowhere to be seen because Num Lock was off? We’re happy to announce that that will no longer happen! With this build, regardless of your Num Lock state, numbers will be input if you’re typing into the pin password field. Let us know what you think!
  • The much-desired feature of Skype being able to handle SMS has arrived on Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2 with the latest update. In fact, now you can set Skype as the default messaging app and would be able to get the notifications from Skype app rather than Messaging.

Windows 10 Mobile Creators update Official Videos:

 Read full coverage of Redstone 2 aka Creators update below:

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Nayan
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  • Imperator

    Hello. Great list but you can add

    Bluetooth GAAT support for notifications of smartwatches or bands.
    Faster Hello authetification on mobile
    Faster Lockscreen animation (wallpaper at the same time with clock) – you find it on reeedit
    Encrypting SD Card

  • Wam1q

    Great!

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