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Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group announces the release date at the IFA conference in Berlin on Friday. (Microsoft Photo)

Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the next major revision of the company’s flagship operating system, will be available starting on Oct. 17, along with the first Windows Mixed Reality headsets from third-party hardware makers.

The company made the announcement this morning in a keynote address at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin.

The new version will include revamped Windows Inking technology, better OneDrive integration to access files on demand, security upgrades, a new Game Mode that provides more processing power for video games, and a new feature in the Windows Photos app called Story Remix for combining photos, videos, 3D technology and ink to tell stories and annotate video.

Microsoft has pushed back one of the more ambitious features originally announced for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, dubbed Timeline, which is designed to bridge Windows 10 to Android and iOS by letting users pick up where they left off in files, apps and sites on any of those devices. The company acknowledged in July that the feature wouldn’t be available in time for this release.

In addition, Microsoft said the first Windows Mixed Reality headsets will start to become available when the Fall Creators Update is released. The devices, starting at $299, will combine virtual objects with the real world. Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will be releasing headsets over time.

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