Windows 10 update appeals to iPhone users and makes video editing easier

During the company's Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft detailed the next major update headed to Windows. "We're excited for our customers to take advantage of the new features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that will empower innovative experiences; a modern, unified design for cross-device experiences; and an easier path for developers to create for the future of computing".

An upcoming feature in Microsoft's Windows 10 system will automatically identify the best photos and videos to help people create highlights of their experiences. Apple offers a similar feature, called "Handoff", but it only works between Macs, iPhones, and iPads. A Timeline display will show you what you were last working on, and you can jump into those files, apps, or websites, when you move to another device. 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.

The Microsoft Graph works within the Microsoft Cloud, allowing you to continue what you were doing on any device; again, even if that device is iOS or Android. Imagine logging off your PC and having the doc you were editing pop up on your phone. As with other Windows 10 updates, this will be free for existing Windows 10 users.

In a bid to lure Apple and Google customers to Microsoft also said it is adding iTunes and Apple Music to its Windows Store. That will give you more granular control over each app's volume instead of basing everything on the system volume.

As you would expect, if you are not connected to the Internet, files stored in OneDrive that are not downloaded locally will be unavailable. But rather than being a successor to UWP, Fluent Design System is a design language and design approach, akin to Metro, the touch-friendly interface technology that shipped with Windows 8, Shaw said. It is a next-generation board portal that leverages data from lines of business applications to provide a single source of truth for executives to steer the business in real time.

We don't have complete details of what will be in the update yet, but here's a taster and we'll let you know of any extra bits and pieces we get hold of. That is far less than the $3,000 to $5,000 Microsoft has been charging for another mixed reality headset called HoloLens.

According to Microsoft, though, utility, not aesthetics, will rule the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft also announced its own set of motion controllers that works with the sensors built-in and within the headset, so you don't need to install cameras around your room like in HTC Vive.

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