This week on Microsoft: The next major update to Windows 10 is Fall Creators Update
This week Microsoft has held its annual Build developer conference where it showed off many new exciting products and technologies. We have learned that the next major update to Windows 10 will be called Fall Creators Update and it will include features which further improve the groundwork made with Creators Update. We will gradually get an improved user interface in Windows 10; a cross-platform clipboard called Timeline, an improved OneDrive service and a lot more. To catch up with all of Microsoft's announcements, read this week's recap:
Microsoft: the news of the week
These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:
And the name of the next Windows 10 update is… the Fall Creators Update - The branding of the next major Windows 10 update has been revealed, and it's pretty similar to the name given to the current Creators Update version: it will be the Fall Creators Update. The name seems a little awkward - for our British readers, "fall" means "autumn" - and it positions the release as a continuation of the work done in the Creators Update.
Windows 10: 500 million machines and counting - Microsoft Corporation revealed that the company's operating system Windows 10 is running on 500 million computer systems.
Windows 10 Timeline remembers everything you did on your PC - One of the more intriguing features Microsoft will include in this fall's Windows 10 Creators Update is Timeline. As the name suggests, it's a way for you to move backward in time and see things you were working on in the past and resume what you were doing.
Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE are Coming to the Windows Store - Nope, we are not drunk, and you're not hallucinating. The news was announced by Microsoft's Terry Myers at the annual Build conference for developers. What's more, Ubuntu isn't the only Linux distribution planned. Microsoft says it is working with SUSE and Fedora to bring their Linux distributions to the Windows Store.
Apple just handed Microsoft a major win for its newest version of Windows - Apple will be listing a full version of iTunes, complete with Apple Music and iPhone syncing, in the Windows Store.
The Windows Store is looking a lot like the future of Windows - One thing that stood out among the various announcements by Microsoft was a renewed focus on the Windows Store, which is increasingly looking like a central piece of the future of Windows.
Windows 10 fall update will restore (and improve) OneDrive's best feature - In the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, OneDrive will change once again. "OneDrive Files On-Demand" revives the old "placeholder" concept from Windows 8.1, but with improved handling of placeholder files and tweaked File Explorer integration that makes it clearer what's going on.
Microsoft's Fluent Design System will evolve Windows 10 beautifully - On Thursday, Microsoft introduced a brand new design language for its products. Redmond is calling it the new Fluent Design System, and it'll be implemented across a lot of Microsoft products — starting with Windows 10 and all the hardware that runs the operating system, including the Xbox, HoloLens, PC, and phones. The Fluent Design System is built on 5 fundamental elements: Light, Depth, Motion, Material, and Scale.
Thinking About the Fluent Design System - With its Fluent Design System, Microsoft is finally moving past the flat world of Metro and embracing a model that works with many more devices and input types. But are they just making the same mistakes all over again?
Microsoft unveils its own motion controllers for Windows 10 VR - Announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference, the motion controllers will work without external tracking sensors, offering "precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in your headset."
Watch Microsoft demo Emma Watch, a wearable that counters Parkinson's tremors - Smartwatch shipments rebounded slightly at the start of this year, but they are still very much niche products. Their biggest potential is in regards to health, from getting everyone to take more steps all the way to helping counter specific diseases. Microsoft's Emma Watch, probably the most inspiring demo shown off at the company's Build 2017 developer conference today, falls into the latter category.
Microsoft's next mobile strategy is to make iOS and Android better - After missing the mobile boat, Microsoft is now trying to sneak onto iOS and Android devices like a stealthy submarine. We've seen the company focus on iOS and Android apps before, but at the Build event in Seattle this week the message is clear: Microsoft is finally realistic.
PowerPoint Translator add-in brings real-time translation to presentations - Microsoft showed off a pretty impressive demonstration of a new PowerPoint Translator add-in that can do a bi-directional translation of presentations in real time.
Acer & HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset Dev Kits Now Available for Pre-order Starting at $300 - Microsoft announced that developers in the US and Canada can now pre-order the Acer ($299) and HP ($329) Mixed Reality headsets from the Microsoft Store. Delivery of the headsets is scheduled for August 2017.
Replacing VR and AR with 'mixed reality' is good for Microsoft and bad for the rest of us - Microsoft opened preorders for its new line of Windows Mixed Reality development kits. Unlike HoloLens, which is also a Windows Mixed Reality device, these headsets are positioned as an alternative to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. But as it's done before, Microsoft refused to call them "VR headsets" — because, as HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman explained, the terms virtual and augmented reality are obsolete.
The Invoke Smart Speaker Brings Microsoft's Cortana AI to Your Living Room - If the future of computing does look like the movie Her, and everyone will soon be talking to their devices and falling in love with the soothing voices in their ears, Microsoft is sitting pretty.
Microsoft's bid to bring AI to every developer is starting to make sense - For the third year in a row, Microsoft is heavily promoting machine-learning services at its Build developer conference. Over the three years, some of the language used around the services has changed and Microsoft has added many more services. But the bigger change is that ubiquitous intelligence now seems a whole lot more feasible than it did three years ago.