During the second day of Build 2017, Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Story Remix, and more.
A lot was revealed on the second day of build 2017 future of Windows 10 at the annual Build developers conference in Seattle. The company revealed the next major update for Windows 10 and it will be called the Fall Creators Update.
At its Build developers conference, Microsoft also announced Fluent Design, its design system for building user interfaces across devices. Additionally, Microsoft also introduced Windows Story Remix – it’s new creative application designed to let users easily edit photos and create videos.
The Redmond-based giant took everyone by surprise when it announced that Apple will be bringing iTunes to the Windows store. Let’s find out all the relevant announcements from the second day of Microsoft Build developers conference.
Fall Creators Update, Cloud Clipboards, Timelines, and ‘Files on Demand,’ Oh my!
Windows Creators update made it first to the list. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of the Windows and devices group, revealed the Fall Creators Update for its Windows 10 operating system. The latest update, likely to arrive in September, will bring a lot of features.
It has a new feature called Clipboard, which is a cloud-based feature that basically enables copy and pasting between Windows 10, iOS and Android devices.
Next up is Timeline, which will display a timeline consisting of the tasks you have done in the past. For example, if you were editing a Word document last week but want to continue editing it today, all you need to simply open up Timeline and get back to the editing mode.
Then there’s something called “Pick Up Where You Left Of”, which will enable users to continue their work on a number of different devices. This Cortana-based feature will work across Windows, iOS, and Android.
Microsoft is bringing OneDrive Placeholders with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. It’s called the “OneDrive Files On-Demand”, which makes it easier to access cloud documents locally.
First official look at Microsoft’s new design language, the ‘Fluent Design System’
The company made an announcement for the Fluent Design System, earlier known as Project NEON. It’s basically a new design language for Windows 10, and the main agenda is to give developers access to a single design language that will work across a diverse set of platforms. “The Fluent Design System” will deliver intuitive, harmonious, responsive and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions.
Windows Story Remix
As part of the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft announced Windows Story Remix, an application for editing photos and videos. It lets you add soundtracks, annotations, transitions, special effects, and even allow users to add 3D objects to your photos and videos to view in mixed reality. More importantly, it has Windows Ink support to write on photos and videos easily.
iTunes on the Windows Store
Microsoft revealed Apple’s iTunes and the Apple Music streaming service will be arriving on the Windows Store later this year. iTunes is already available on the Windows platform, but the arrival of a Windows Store app is a big deal.
Reaching out to iOS developers
The tech giant launched its Project Rome SDK in a preview for iOS. First launched for Android apps, Project Rome lets developers connect apps across devices, allowing for starting a task on one device and completing it on another.
Another big reveal was Xamarin Live Player, which streamlines iOS development on PC by letting developers deploy an app to iDevices and view code changes live in real time. And while a Mac is still required to submit an app to the App Store, this Xamarin Live Player streamlines the debugging process.
Windows Mixed Reality
Microsoft gave a whole of love to its Windows Mixed Reality platform. We learned not only that Windows Mixed Reality now supports awesome motion controllers, but developers can now preorder Mixed Reality dev kits from Acer and HP. The kicker? Acer’s kit only costs $299, and HP’s goes for just $329.