We’ve seen some signs that Microsoft is winding down towards the public release of the Windows 10 Creators Update. New builds have still been arriving at a rapid pace, but the number of new features being added and the number of outstanding issues continues to dwindle. Now, a new report suggests that Microsoft is gearing up for the Creators Update to soon hit RTM (Release to Manufacturing).
According to Windows Central, Microsoft is preparing to sign off on the first RTM builds of the Windows 10 Creators Update this week, and will begin feeding those builds to Windows Insiders as early as next week. Based on feedback that Microsoft receives from its testers, it will then select the build that will become the “shipping” release of the Windows 10 Creators Update.
It has been reported that Microsoft is targeting an April 11th launch for the Creators Update on a select few devices. “To avoid mass upgrade issues, the company rolls out feature updates in waves, first targeting a selection of whitelisted devices,” states Windows Central before adding that Microsoft will “eventually opening the floodgates to everyone once it's clear that there aren't any major upgrade issues taking place.”
As has been the case with previous major Windows 10 releases, Microsoft will continue to work on last-minute patches for the Creators Update even after it achieves RTM status. These fixes will be rolled out as Zero Day Patches when the Windows 10 Creators Update RTM build reaches a wide-scale public release.
The Windows 10 Creators Update brings a wealth of new features including a newfound focus on 3D content creation thanks to Paint 3D, enhanced support for virtual and mixed reality experiences, Beam game broadcasting, and Game Mode among other things.
Once Microsoft pushes the Windows 10 Creators Update out the door, Windows Insiders can expect to get their first taste of Windows 10 Redstone 3 shortly thereafter. While Microsoft hasn’t yet affixed a name to this next phase in the evolution of Windows 10, it is expected to publicly debut in late 2017.