Windows 10 Fall Creators Update confirmed for 17 October release

Lenovo Explorer Boldly Goes Into the World of Mixed Reality

Lenovo's mixed reality headset offers built-in tracking for $350

The release of the Fall Creators Update also signals the arrival of some of the very first Mixed Reality headsets from third-party manufacturers.

Worries are already mounting over whether or not Microsoft will attempt another walled garden ecosystem for the software, similar to what they attempted to do with Games For Windows Live; or the disabille manner in which Facebook attempted to corner the market with the Oculus Store. Among the few it mentioned, Windows Story Remix will allow users automatically turn a collage of images into a cohesive narrative. With the Fall Creators Update, the company also introduced new features like Windows Inking, revamped Photos app, One Drive files on-demand, and more.

Microsoft is to update its flagship operating system next month so that the latest generation of Windows 10 hardware devices and software can tap into augmented and virtual reality technologies, executives said on Friday.

"Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more", said Windows Chief Terry Myerson.

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The software upgrade, its fourth update, will be offered from October 17 to existing customers of Windows 10 running on more than 500 million devices, the company said. Files are retrieved from OneDrive whenever the user needs them. When activated, Game Mode will let users play their games with the full processing power of their Windows 10 device. The update will also include the new Windows Fluent Design System, which will work to enhance the feel and look of apps and the operating system in general. That allows eye controllers to replace mouse and keyboard. Inputs will also change, with support for eye-tracking and the ability to more widely and more easily use digital pens.

Lenovo's Mixed Reality headset is called The Explorer, which seems fitting given that by using the headset you'll be able to explore a wide range of different content from games to media.

Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mixed Reality headsets will be available on October 17 starting at $299.

The next major feature update to Windows 10 will begin rolling out from October 17.

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