Microsoft reportedly begins finalizing Windows 10 Creators Update, launch expected soon

Laurent Giret

Windows 10 Creators Update

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Following a second Creators Update Bug Bash in February and the release of several new Insider builds in the following weeks, we’re finally getting closer to the release of the next major Windows 10 update. According to a new report from Windows Central, this week is Microsoft’s sign-off week where the company will choose a Release To Manufacturing (RTM) build for the Creators Update. The RTM candidate will then roll out to Insiders for testing, and Microsoft is said to kick off of the global rollout of the Creators Update on April 11:

Sources familiar with the matter say Insiders will likely receive the release candidate for the Creators Update next week, and if said build meets all of Microsoft’s quality assurance criteria, will be the build that eventually rolls out to the public. Microsoft is targeting April 11th as the release day for select devices running the Anniversary Update, with all other devices expected to get the update before May.

While the April 11 release date is not set in stone yet (it’s also the date of April’s Patch Tuesday), Microsoft is expected to roll out the Windows 10 Creators update in waves, just like it did with the Anniversary Update last summer. Additionally, Windows 10 Mobile handsets and Xbox One consoles are expected to receive the Creators Update in the weeks following April 11.

Microsoft choosing a RTM build this week doesn’t mean that the Windows 10 Creators Update is ready: while it’s now feature complete, the company will continue to fix bugs and release cumulative updates for Insiders before the public release next month. Stay tuned on OnMSFT as we should learn more about the final build number for the Creators Update in the coming days.