Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Microsoft details upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Acer’s Windows-compatible mixed reality headset will ship with bundled VR controllers | Image courtesy Windows Central Acer’s Windows-compatible mixed reality headset will ship with bundled VR controllers | Image courtesy Windows Central
Freda Brock | 12 May, 2017, 08:27

For developers, Fluent Design is built to help users create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity. At least, that's been the theme of this year's Build conference, which has focused on topics like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and improving Windows across platforms.

In addition to editing videos, the app will let people search for photos and videos based on the people, places and videos they contain - just like the Google Photos app that came out in 2015 and Apple's most recent Photos app from past year.

Has Microsoft's changes in the a year ago or so convinced you to drop your Apple-branded device?

The decision to bring the iTunes app is significant given both companies' past reluctance to make that their respective services, like Microsoft Office, compatible with the other's.

Microsoft also launched a newly designed Windows IoT website to help developers create devices such as next-generation point-of-sale devices, interactive tables, and intelligent digital signage.

Also making news at Build 2017 is the fact that OpenSUSE, Ubuntu and Fedora are coming to the Windows Store.

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During it's Build conference today, Microsoft announced that iTunes will be made available on the Windows Store by the end of 2017. A new status icon will show whether a file is available locally or needs to be downloaded from the cloud first, in case you need to use the service offline. If you're not confident of handling that type of situation, it's probably better to stay on Windows 10 Creators Update until the Fall Creators Update drops in September. This new update will bring better user experiences to iOS and Android devices. The Cortana element is called "Pick Up Where I Left Off", and it allows a similar kind of restoration of what you're doing.

We recently asked you to support our journalism. The particularly-interesting bit is the ability to transfer an open task from a desktop PC to a laptop or another mobile device (iOS and Android included), using the accompanying Pick Up Where You Left Off feature. However, the solution is simple - all you need to do is remove the SD card and insert it back post the installation of the update.

The software maker is embracing more fully the notion that customers use multiple devices and that many - particularly the mobile gadgets - don't run Windows.

Windows 10 is now running on 500 million devices.

It's unclear what the iTunes app will look like in the Windows Store; will it have bright, blocky colors, or will it maintain the traditional iTunes logo?

"Just hit copy on what you want to grab; your photo, map link, paragraph, even an animated gif; and it is ready to paste into whatever you want", he said. As with other Windows 10 updates, this update will be free for existing Windows 10 users. Autodesk will roll out a UWP version of Autodesk Stingray, a 3-D game and real-time rendering engine with support for Windows Mixed Reality. These Clipboard and Timeline features in the Fall Creators Update remind us of Apple's Time Machine and Universal Clipboard tools, respectively.

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