Belfast Telegraph

Microsoft's Windows 10 Creators Update goes live

The new version of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system - the Creators Update - has gone live to PC users in the UK and around the world.

The update includes a new edition of the popular Paint app which will enable users to create 3D images for the first time.

Microsoft has promised a smoother rollout after it was heavily criticised during the launch of Windows 10 in 2015, when it was claimed the software "forced" updates on users, crashing some older computers.

Several users have pursued legal cases against the company claiming their businesses were affected.

Microsoft has said it is changing its update policy for the Creators Update and will give users "more control" over when the new software installs, including options for scheduling the update when the device is not in use.

The Creators Update will be available as a free upgrade for all Windows 10 users, who will receive a notification in coming days to alert them.

Microsoft's Yusuf Mehdi said: "We designed Windows 10 to empower the creator in all of us.

" To us, that means that everyone has the power to dream big, whether that involves starting a company, developing a lesson plan, inventing a product, developing or broadcasting games, or imagining a whole new world in Minecraft or mixed reality.

"And we want Windows to be the place you love to create and play, with the tools to help you make your mark on the world."

The Creators Update will also include a new "night light" feature designed to reduce the blue light emitted by a computer's screen, which has been found to affect sleep quality.

Microsoft Edge, the Windows web browser that replaced Internet Explorer, is also being improved with a new tab management system, while Microsoft is also improving security through its Defender Security Centre, which will offer a new "single dashboard" from which users can control all their computer security options.