Microsoft just announced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the company’s next big refresh to its Windows 10 operating system that is planned to release in September. Here’s everything we and you should know about.
Now that the Windows 10 Creators Update is rolling out to PCs across the world, and Microsoft planning to all set talking about its next big OS upgrade. Today showing off what it has pinned for its Windows 10 Fall update on stage at the ongoing Build 2017 event. This new release will concentrate on a handful of new features, some of which focus on mobile.
Before you go through the new feature additions than the last big update, don’t expect any catchy new names though: It’s called the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft says it stuck with that moniker because it sees this upgrade as a continuation of the themes it developed with the first kind of Creators Update. Admitting that the company still focused on helping consumers be creative.
A release during September is on the cards for Fall Creators Update for Windows 10. Microsoft has plentiful time to polish things nicely, and with the new features below it may have its work cut out to do exactly that. Details are still light, but the company revealed at its Build developer conference that the upgrade will show off how Windows ties into the Microsoft Graph, the underlying set of APIs connecting all of its products.
And that said, Microsoft is working on namely these new features: Redesigned interface called Fluent Design, a new creative app for videos called Story Remix, Timeline, Pick Up Where You Left Off, universal clipboard, OneDrive files On-Demand, Windows Store, Windows Subsystem for Linux, Mixed reality, and much more.
The ability of pick up where you left off working on a Windows, iOS or Android devices, a universal clipboard that you can access across multiple devices; and Timeline, a feature that will let you jump back in time to a previous work session using, you guessed it, a visual timeline, etc., Microsoft’s attempt sound a bit familiar solutions, like Apple’s handsoff feature between Macs and iOS devices, sound useful for consumers who work across Windows and other platforms. Microsoft hopes that developers will take advantage of this addition to allow users to task on one device and complete it on another, resuming sessions that are already underway.
Windows Story Remix app transforms your photos and videos, and “automatically brings your memories, or even your friends’ photos and videos together to create stories with a soundtrack, theme, and cinematic transitions. You can also create mixed reality by adding 3D objects to your photos and videos to tell stories in a whole new way, or turn your photos and videos into your canvas, drawing on them with Windows Ink.”
Updated clipboard is, actually a universal clipboard that will again work across desktop and mobile devices in a similar way how Apple’s own Universal Clipboard feature does. The new clipboard functionality will make working across multiple devices much less of a drag.
Additionally, the Fall Creator Update will be the official debut of Microsoft’s Fluent Design System ?(was previously known as Project Neon). For building apps that can work across a variety of devices, it’s a new interface paradigm for input types. While, the Fluent Design won’t be a huge visual upgrade from the current version of Windows 10, leaks suggest that it could add some new flourishes. Still waiting on more information on how, exactly, Fluent Design will change things for developers, sounds like a smart shift for Microsoft, as it expects Windows 10 to reach new types of hardware.
OneDrive Files On-Demand may not actually be returning, but it will allow selected files to be instantly moved across devices without the need for them to be synced first.
In related news, Microsoft revealed that Autodesk and SAP will be bringing apps to the Windows Store later this year. Other than that the Windows Store has not been tipped to be receiving any update at all, but new first and third-party apps are coming to it.
After having delivered support for Bash on Ubuntu for Windows, Microsoft’s upcoming update to Windows 10 could bring support for SUSE and Fedora into the mix, and “will be distributed via the Windows Store, too”. But having more-notable companies join the Windows Store could convince other developers to port their apps as well.
Microsoft doesn’t have a specific release date in mind for the Fall Creators Update yet, but as the impressive rate of iteration for Windows continues, we expect more news on this updated Creators Update to arrive in due course.
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