Microsoft will launch the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17th

Posted September 02, 2017

We already discussed the Lenovo Explorer yesterday, which will arrive in October price at $349 for the headset alone or $449 as a bundle with a pair of motion controllers.

Microsoft also will designate a September build of Windows Server 2016's first feature update (1709) as its "launch" candidate, as the company plans to announce at its Ignite conference in late September.

Lenovo has introduced its augmented/virtual reality head mounted display (HMD) compatible with the Windows Mixed Reality platform.

Perhaps the most exciting is the addition of Windows Mixed Reality support, bringing immersive experiences to most everyone with a Windows 10 PC. Windows Defender Antivirus will also begin pulling information from analysis of the billions of data points available via Microsoft's Intelligent Security Graph, to better identify threats and improve protection.

The biggest change in Windows 10 is the inclusion of Windows Mixed Reality.

Dell announced its Visor headset this week with the same release date as the update. Windows 10 was designed as a service, whereby feature updates are required a couple times a year. It won't be quite as interesting as originally expected, as flagship cross-device features teased at Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update unveiling in May - like an app Timeline and cloud clipboard - didn't wind up making the final cut. This is particularly useful for those suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, Myerson said at an IFA keynote today. Similar to Apple's Handoff, it lets you continue your work across a wide variety of devices.

The article notes that unlike the Vive, Rift or PSVR, you won't need an external tracking device for the controllers or the headset. It will be available worldwide October 17. If you don't get the update but have a Mixed Reality Headset then simply plugging the device in will prompt the update.

"Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more", said Microsoft Windows chief Terry Myerson in a press release.