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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Drops Oct. 17

The next major update for Windows 10 – the Fall Creators Update – will be available worldwide on October 17, Microsoft announced Friday at IFA 2017 in Berlin.

In a blog post, Windows Chief Terry Meyerson said the update is "all about unleashing your creativity and having some fun while at the same time keeping you safe and secure."

Perhaps the most exciting feature arriving with the update is Windows Mixed Reality, the software giant's platform that will work with new VR headsets and motion controllers from companies such as Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Those headsets and motion controllers are slated to launch alongside the Windows Fall Creators Update on Oct. 17, starting at $299.

"We are talking about a mixed reality system that fully immerses you in the experience not limited to a mobile device screen size," Meyerson wrote. "One that is easy to setup, not requiring you to mount cameras around the room, just put the headset on your head, plug it into your PC and get started, leaving your hands free to interact with the mixed world."

The update also includes features like Windows Inking, which lets you scribble directly onto PDFs; a revamped Photos application that offers "remixed experiences for telling your stories with photos, videos, music, 3D, and even inking;" and OneDrive Files On-Demand, which will let you access your cloud files via File Explorer.

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Also on tap is an updated Game Mode, which lets your games "use the full processing power of your device as if it was an Xbox game console," plus a new accessibility feature called Eye Control for those with Lou Gehrig's disease, and security updates designed to better protect against ransomware and malware.

At this point, Windows 10 is running on more than 500 million devices, Meyerson wrote. That makes it "the most-popular version of Windows" to date.

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