The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 will be released on 17 October, Microsoft has confirmed.
After the disappointment of the Spring Creators Update, the latest version of "Windows as a Service" will "introduce new, fun, innovative ways to empower individuals and organisations to express their creativity", Microsoft has promised.
The main addition will be Windows Mixed Reality front and centre, to reflect the wide range of silly hats that are coming out in time for the holiday season, in the hope you can drown out the snores of your gin soaked Gran with some alternative life.
Also on the list - Windows Inking, which will enable users to draw onto PDFs, a new Photo and Video app, OneDrive Files OnDemand - the long promised ability to save ghost copies of your files in OneDrive to save disc space, a better game mode, an improved Windows Defender, and "revolutionary" eye-tracking technology aimed at those unable to communicate or navigate through conventional means.
"This is the core of Fall Creators Update, it's all about unleashing customers' creativity and having some fun while at the same time keeping them safe and secure" burbled the Microsoft marketing machine.
Windows Mixed Reality devices are also coming from Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Dell and HP, and ought to cost less than $300. Headsets will go on sale on 17 October to coincide with the start of the Creators Update rollout.
It is hoped that this will be a smoother update than the Spring Creators Update, which is still rolling out to a lot of machines and has caused issues with a great many device drivers.
As expected, there's no mention of the promised 'Timeline' feature, intended to bring together all your communications and people in one place.
Terry Myerson, head of scapegoating and Windows Experience said: "Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, one of the ways we're supporting that mission is by taking this next step in our Windows journey and empowering the creator in all of us with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
"The future is before us, we're proud to be here at IFA with our partners building the future together."
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