Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Microsoft wants Windows to play nice with others

Kayla Schwartz | 12 May, 2017, 20:12

There's been a lot of things announced at the event this week, so here's a list of the top 5 things - for consumers.

Enhancements to the widely used operating system to roll out later this year are created to make applications built on Microsoft technology work more harmoniously across an array of internet-linked devices, according to demonstrations given at the company's Build developers conference in Seattle. Undergirding the demonstrations was a Windows 10 Fall Creators Update-era Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application called Windows Story Remix, which is built on.NET and will be distributed through the Windows Store.

With Build 2017 underway in Seattle, Microsoft has issued a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build that delivers a few of the Fall Creators Update features it first showed off earlier today.

Microsoft has an incentive to continue to improve Windows 10, as it tries to hit its target of one billion users for the OS.

That shift to smartphones and tablets also is one of the reasons the next Windows 10 update will include a multi-faceted clipboard to let you copy text, images and other content on a PC and paste it on a phone, even iPhones and Android, as though the PC and phone were one. Files On-Demand supports both OneDrive and SharePoint Online team sites. Windows became the staid and stuffy old operating system that runs on your laptop, which you are probably only using for work.

The company showed an app called Story Remix that lets multiple users share video and photos taken on phones and combines that with special effects and music. Plus, the app will let you insert 3D objects into your photos and videos.

The feature was removed from Windows 10 but will essentially be bought back in Windows 10 File Explorer when browsing OneDrive. The latest changes come on the heels of a free update that began to roll out last month.

Microsoft has a new design language - and it isn't only for Windows 10.

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Microsoft is trying to make its personal computer-bound operating system useful on the smartphone.

The design change, known as the Microsoft Fluent Design System, will focus on emphasizing elements like light, motion, depth, and texture within Windows.

Microsoft also introduced a mixed-reality controller that will work with virtual-reality goggles being developed by hardware makers using the company's software.

Microsoft really wants Windows to be the platform of choice for developers. They'll be sold as a $399 bundle with Acer Windows VR headsets later this year.

Microsoft revealed a significant addition to the Windows Store, with the announcement that iTunes will be available this summer, with other notable new apps including Autodesk Sketchbook and SAP Digital Boardroom.

Microsoft released a new test build of Windows 10 to PC testers in the Fast Ring on May 11. As they demo in the video, users will not only be able to install x86 apps ported to the Windows Store using the Desktop Bridge, but also external apps that you may simply download from the internet.

And Microsoft is promising the full iTunes experience when iTunes comes to the Windows Store by the end of 2017.

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