The death of Windows Vista leads the way for the latest edition of Windows 10 to begin rolling out across the country.
Known as the Windows 10 Creators Update, this latest upgrade places the focus squarely on creative types who use their PCs and laptops to create content.
Microsoft has scrapped the idea of a substantial new version of Windows every few years and is instead going to keep issuing these updated versions of Windows 10.
This version (which was first unveiled in October 2016) will bring a range of new features with it and will come pre-installed on any newly bought laptops or desktops.
“We’re going to multiply your productivity,” Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president for the Windows and devices group, promised at the product launch event in New York .
What are the best new Windows 10 features?
Microsoft is making the jump into 3D with the aim of helping out designers, artists and architects.
Windows 10 Creators Update comes with a new version of the Paint drawing app called Paint 3D, that enables users to sketch in 3D for the first time.
It also lets you scan real-world objects using a new 3D Capture tool on your smartphone, and automatically generate renders that can be edited and inserted into 3D images.
They can then be uploaded to the internet, turned into holograms and even viewed in virtual reality, using accessories such as Microsoft Hololens, and Windows-based VR headsets from the likes of Lenovo, Asus and HP.
Secondly, the new version of Windows 10 comes with a new feature called Beam – a direct rival to the Amazon-owned Twitch platform – designed to make it easier for gamers to broadcast their their gameplay in real time.
eSports is already a huge industry, said Microsoft, and with Beam technology built directly into Windows 10, it will be easier than ever for gamers to show off their skills – whether on a PC or an Xbox One.
For office workers
There’s also a new feature that condenses all your communications into a single inbox and put important contacts’ details directly into the toolbar, so you can send messages, emojis and nudges directly from your desktop.
That will make things easier for harried office workers trying to keep track of seven different lines of communication.
Microsoft is acting aggressively when it comes to business use. It recently launched a new tool called Microsoft Teams.