Bundled App Updates

Many of the built-in apps have gotten some subtle updates, but unlike Edge, most of the apps are less tied to Windows feature updates itself, so frequent updates are more the norm here. But with the Fall Creators Update, many of the built-in apps have started to support features like Fluent Design to give a nice refresh of the look and feel. A couple of apps have had more significant things done though.

Groove

The biggest news for Groove Music is that Microsoft is officially killing its streaming music service, Groove Music Pass. People who subscribe are being prompted to switch to Spotify, which Microsoft has partnered with. The two companies have worked together to allow Groove users to migrate all of their playlists over to Spotify until January.

For Groove Music Pass subscribers, this isn’t great news, since Groove did offer features not found in Spotify, such as the ability to watch music videos, the ability to mix your own music into playlists, and the ability to stream music uploaded to OneDrive even if it didn’t exist in the Groove subscription catalog.

Groove will continue to function as the built-in media player, and you’ll still be able to stream music uploaded to OneDrive, but the subscription music will be gone by the end of 2017, as will the ability to download mp3 files of purchased music, so if you’ve bought music off this service, go get it now.

Photos App

The Photos App gets a lot of new functionality, and is one of the biggest updates of the entire Fall Creators Update. You can now use the Photos app to create movies from your photos, or edit videos. You can add filters, text, and 3D effects to the videos as well. Photos will be adding the support for full 3D Objects soon too, allowing you to make stories from your photos. The process is very simple, and it can automatically add music to the videos as well. This really is a nice update.

Microsoft Store

Bearing a new name, and a new icon, the Windows Store is now the Microsoft Store. There’s small tweaks to the layout, but overall the use of the app is pretty much the same as before. This is also losing the ability to buy music though, as part of the Groove changes, so be sure to backup any music you’ve purchased from this service.

The app situation in the store is improving, although slowly. One of the biggest improvements to the store is the Desktop App Converter, which lets developers package existing Win32 apps into the store, and this has helped with several apps. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced Apple would be brining iTunes to the Windows Store, through the Desktop Converter, which should be welcome news to many. The nice part of iTunes through the Store is that it will be isolated from the rest of the system.

They still have an uphill battle here, but any time they make it easier, it does help with adoption.

My People

Originally announced for the last update, but cut before release, is the My People functionality. This lets you pin your most used contacts to the task bar, over by the system tray. The goal is to make it easier to interact and share with them. You can drag and drop files onto their icon to share them, and launch their profile to view all interactions.

Bringing back the days of MSN messenger, emoji from pinned contacts will appear above their icon, giving a more intimate connection, or a more annoying connection, depending on the person you’ve pinned to the taskbar.

The idea behind My People is pretty solid, with an emphasis on people-first. Since the update came out a few weeks ago, I’ve not used it as much as I expected, but that may change as more apps integrate with the functionality.

Cortana

Cortana has gotten quite a bit of attention with this update, but not in Windows itself. Cortana has become the link between your Windows PC and your non-Windows based smartphone. This lets you work across devices, with the ability to continue emails on your PC that you started on your phone, and get and send SMS messages from your PC. It works fairly well, although it’s going to take some shifts in workflow to really start to take advantage of it, at least in my experience.

Cortana on the PC hasn’t been completely forgotten though. You can now issue voice commands to shut down, restart, or put your computer to sleep.

Performance Slider

First introduced on the new Surface Pro, Windows 10 now includes the ability to choose a power mode right on the task bar, to allow for better performance, or battery life.

Windows Mixed Reality Gaming Updates
POST A COMMENT

95 Comments

View All Comments

  • blackmagnum - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    Free is free, right? Microsoft, keep them coming a the timely manner and I just might turn on Full Diagnostic data for you. Reply
  • ddriver - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    I like how you think that turning it off somehow keeps your data safer ;) Reply
  • "Bullwinkle J Moose" - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    Speaking of keeping your data safer......
    Here is a juicy quote>

    "One thing you still can’t do is actually view the site certificate. The information provided by Edge is very basic, with no option to open the certificate in the more advanced Windows certificate tools to check the trust chain"

    Also irrelevant to the "Improved" security claim
    Microsoft still lets most "trusted" software through the Firewall by default as long as they have a "Valid" certificate

    Yes, Microsoft lets malicious copies of CCleaner, VLC and pretty much all the other "trusted" applications who have been in the news lately because they had "Valid" certificates for compromised installers (Directly from the manufacturer B.T.W.)

    Microsoft should block ALL applications by default (both sending and receiving) including ALL Windows components and telemetry "IF" they were concerned about end user security, but they are not

    Microsoft now has all the telemetry they need to improve their products for older hardware so why won't they turn it off?

    Because it's a Spyware Platform!

    You can't really spy on EVERYONE if you close all the backdoors.....DUH!

    and sending encrypted messages won't help you if the NSA is watching you type the message!
    Double DUH!
    Reply
  • 5080 - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    I hope you don't use any Intel CPU's if you're that concerned about spy ware in your system. The Intel Management Engine or ME is spying on you even of your system is powered down.Google is working on a solution to kill the MINIX based ME, but they haven't figured out how to do it yet without disabling some of the CPU's features.
    People don't really care about the collection of telemetry data, if they would really care than no one would buy any more cell phones, Chromebooks or Windows PC's. It has become a part of how we consume and use this devices.
    Reply
  • "Bullwinkle J Moose" - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    Oh you are so wrong 5080
    The Intel Management Engine is disabled and has never been used on ANY of my computers
    There is even an app you can download and check whether or not it is enabled

    Never EVER installed the ME software either

    I could see this problem coming 10 years ago!
    Reply
  • 5080 - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    Intel constantly "optimized" ME on their CPU's. Who knows, when they can activate this without user consent. The disturbing part is that the option is there. Reply
  • linuxgeex - Saturday, November 11, 2017 - link

    Actually, unless you specifically purchased a mobo with Coreboot, you have an active ME and you just don't know it. Reply
  • negusp - Saturday, November 11, 2017 - link

    Lol yeah he's a retard. Any recent Intel CPU needs a couple BIOS pages wiped to have the ME disabled. Reply
  • shabby - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    Could of swore that needed an intel network card to fully function. Reply
  • "Bullwinkle J Moose" - Friday, November 10, 2017 - link

    Correct Shabby
    I think Steve Gibson covered that in a Security Now video
    Reply

Log in

Don't have an account? Sign up now