Microsoft to Revamp Windows 10's Look With Fall Creators Update

Microsoft to Revamp Windows 10's Look With Fall Creators Update

Microsoft to Revamp Windows 10's Look With Fall Creators Update

The added bells and whistles will roll out later this year as part of "Fall Creators Update" that will be provided for free to 500 million personal computers, smartphones and tablets powered by Windows 10.

Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 10 Build 16193 to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring with a lot new features.

During today's keynote at Microsoft's Build developers conference, Terry Myerson and other members of the Windows and Devices Group made several announcements during their 90 minute keynote. It's a spiritual successor to the Metro interface from Windows 8 that aims to make the operating system more responsive on the growing variety of devices employed by users. It will enable applications to capture what a user is doing before they log out and let them pick up right from where they left off on another device.

Switching between apps in Windows 10 has always been easy thanks to Task View, but now there will be a timeline aspect to it as well - so you can effectively get back to where you were, even if it was on another Windows 10 PC. "Imagine logging off your PC and having the doc you were editing pop up on your phone", Myerson asked, adding that Cortana will ask users if they want to pick up where they left off in the app, doc or website. As with other Windows 10 updates, this will be free for existing Windows 10 users.

First, Microsoft says, it'll include a Windows Story Remix, a new app that takes your photos and videos and automatically stitches them into stories, complete with a soundtrack and transitions.

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Microsoft will employ the activity data collected along the way to support Timeline, a feature for bringing up old application sessions.

Windows Story Remix uses AI and deep learning to organize and transform photos and videos into stories. With it, all users need is Visual Studio and their iPhone to get started building native apps for iOS in minutes. Microsoft executives described it as a more gradual journey over time.

In addition, your OneDrive files won't just be visible on your desktop, they'll also be shown in the file picker when you're using a Windows store application. "For developers, Fluent Design is built to help you create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity". That is far less than the $3,000 to $5,000 Microsoft has been charging for another mixed reality headset called HoloLens. And though "Fall Creators Update" might feel like Microsoft is phoning it in a little by copping most of its last update's name, it's certainly descriptive.

Microsoft also plans to introduce a new mixed reality headset and motion controller in time for the holiday season.

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