We've known for months now that Microsoft has been planning to release two major updates to its Windows 10 operating system in 2017. The first of this year's big releases - the Windows 10 Creators Update, which was announced in October - is expected to begin rolling out sometime around April, according to Dell and Samsung.
The Creators Update will bring a wide range of new features, including:
- An overhauled interface for sharing content
- App folders on the PC Start menu
- Improvements to the Edge browser, including blocking Flash content by default
- New accessibility features, including support for braille
- New management and security tools for IT professionals
- Enhancements for the Xbox One and gaming, including a new Windows 10 Game Mode for PCs
However, some features that were previously announced have since been dropped, such as the improved 'My People' communications experience for PCs. Some users have also expressed doubts over whether certain features - including Night Light, and improvements to Continuum - will make it into the update for Windows 10 Mobile devices.
Microsoft announced earlier this month that its Windows 10 Creators Update SDK is now feature-complete, although as some at the company have pointed out, that's not quite the same as saying that the OS itself is feature-complete. We may yet see a few more additions to the Creators Update before its general rollout begins - but given how little time remains before its release, it seems unlikely that Microsoft will surprise us with any major new additions at this stage.
That means that many of the other features that users are hoping to see introduced to Windows 10 won't arrive until later, perhaps in the next major update to the OS in the second half of 2017, known only by its 'Redstone 3' development codename. But which features are people still craving?
We've already had some hints of what to expect in Redstone 3, including a refined and redesigned user experience, known as 'Project Neon', and support for x86 Win32 apps through emulation on mobile devices with next-generation ARM chips.
But whether it's on PCs, mobile devices, HoloLens, Xbox One, Surface Hub, IoT, or any of the other devices that run Windows 10, we're eager to hear what's on your wishlist for the Redstone 3 update later this year. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!