Microsoft refreshing Windows to ease multi-device work

Microsoft refreshing Windows to ease multi-device work

Microsoft employee Ali Hajy demonstrates a large-screen Microsoft Surface device at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference. The refresh follows Microsoft's first Creators Update, which started rolling out to Windows machines last month, reports cnbc.

The design change, known as the Microsoft Fluent Design System, will focus on emphasizing elements like light, motion, depth, and texture within Windows. The company revealed the next major update for Windows 10 and it will be called the Fall Creators Update.

The next version of Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update, is meant to "inspire creativity", Shaw said, without providing specific details.

- A multi-device clipboard to let you copy text, images and other content on a laptop and paste it on a phone, as though the two devices were one.

Expect some cracking new ways to work with iOS and Android, including being able to pick up with some apps on mobile devices exactly where you left off (Office?) and a cloud clipboard that can move stuff between the devices. Interestingly enough, this works with files in the Desktop and Documents folder, so it isn't just limited to files in the OneDrive folder.

Microsoft is planning to release a second Creators Update for Windows 10 later this year, the company announced at its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle. You can now add special effects, soundtracks, transitions, annotations as well as 3-dimensional objects to your videos and photos in mixed reality. Story Remix will automatically stitch together videos from collections of photos and video clips.

Story Remix is a new Windows 10 app.

Microsoft also stated that iTunes is coming to the Windows Store by the end of this year. Joe Belfiore, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Operating Systems during the event, said, "Windows PCs will love all of your devices". Gerbils can cast their glassy little eyes at the video above for a taste of Windows' new design language, which uses the previously-mentioned buzzwords as tools for guiding users' attention within applications. Microsoft will be selling dev kits to Acer ($299) and HP ($329) in the United States and Canada. Acer will sell a Windows Mixed Reality headset and motion controller bundle priced at $399 United States dollars this holiday season.

The finale of the keynote was dedicated to Microsoft's virtual reality venture - what it calls mixed reality. Microsoft said developers in North America who want to build mixed-reality applications can preorder an Acer headset for $299 or one from HP Inc. for $329 starting today, with delivery scheduled for this summer.

It's unclear what the iTunes app will look like in the Windows Store; will it have bright, blocky colors, or will it maintain the traditional iTunes logo?

Apart from this, Apple's iTunes software is also soon expected to make its debut on the Windows Store, for students using Windows 10 S, the recently launched streamlined version of Windows designed for classrooms.