Microsoft at its Build event announced the upcoming version of the Windows 10: the Fall Creators Update, and as the name implies, the update is set to arrive later this year.
Fall Creators Update packs some important features, perhaps most notably Project Neon – which is now known as the Microsoft Fluent Design System. The update further comes with iTunes on the Windows Store and cross-platform syncing with the iPhone and Android devices.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is the second major update this year and it follows on from the original Creators Update that was rolled out last month, and the most interesting bit is Microsoft focusing on iPhones, iPads and Android devices, instead of the Windows 10 mobile phones.
Here’s a quick take on the top new features that will show up in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Realization has come. Microsoft can’t win in mobile against the might of Apple’s and the popularity of Android, so the company is instead joining them. Microsoft Graph is the important step is that effort, which uses Microsoft’s cloud to keep everything in sync across multiple platforms and devices, from Windows to iOS and Android.
Windows Story Remix
New from Microsoft, Story Remix is set to replace Movie Maker. It is a video-making app that takes photos and videos and combines them into stories with its own soundtrack, theme and cinematic transitions.
Timeline can be best described as a time machine. Fall Creators Update newest feature will allow you to go back in time and see what you were working on across files, apps and sites, and then jump back to that time to continue doing whatever you were doing.
Pick Up Where You Left Off
Focusing big time on cross-platform functionality, the Microsoft’s Pick Up Where You Left Off lets Windows users open documents, sites and other bits where they left off. Users can either open the same thing on their Windows 10 PC or access it straight from their iPhone or Android device via the Cortana app.
The feature already exists on Apple devices, but Microsoft is focusing on both the mobile platforms – Apple and Android – as well as the Windows. And if company can make it work, it could be a killer feature.
Similar to other newest features, the cloud-based Clipboard lets you work among Windows and non-Windows devices. Thanks to the Microsoft SwiftKey and Word Flow keyboards, the clipboard will let Windows 10 PC users copy content from an app and paste it on mobile devices like an iPhone or Android handset.
Microsoft Office apps too will get the same clipboard and the best thing about the feature is that it will let you access previous things you’ve copied, so you’re no longer limited to one thing at a time.
iTunes on the Windows Store
iTunes is finally making its debut on Windows Store. With Fall Creators Update, Apple is bringing iTunes to the Windows Store.
In addition to iTunes, Windows 10 and 10 S users will have Apple Music and full iPhone support. This is part of a massive cross-device initiative by the company.
Bringing iTunes to the store will also help Windows 10 S users to sync their iPhone, iPad and play iTunes movies on a Surface Laptop, without having to upgrade to a pro version.
OneDrive Files On-Demand
Last but not the least, Microsoft is bringing OneDrive Files On-Demand feature with the Fall Creators Update. Until now, the OneDrive has primarily worked as a syncing system that mirrors files stored locally to the cloud. With Files On-Demand, OneDrive will pick out data from the cloud when it’s needed, without having to sync full files and folders to a device.
It means the OneDrive will no longer take up the space on hard drives unnecessarily. Though the files can still be stored locally if they’re needed while you’re offline.
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