Microsoft outlines plans for fall edition of Windows 10 update

That's right: We now have an official name for Microsoft's next big feature update to Windows 10 - previously known under its codename, Redstone 3.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will introduce Project Neon - which is now being called the Microsoft Fluent Design System.

Following the keynote, new Windows 10 builds were released for PCs and phones, which are 16193 and 15213, respectively.

Microsoft hasn't announced all the features that the update will contain, but we know some elements already. Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of the Windows and devices group, revealed the update during Day Two of Microsoft's Build developer conference on Thursday.

An update of Microsoft's Windows 10 software will include features for playing games and watching video in the realm of "mixed reality". The upgrade is set to bring a new look powered by what the company refers to as the Fluent Design System.

The only bad news is that "Pick Up Where You Left Off" requires developers to build that capability into their apps - so while it seems likely that Microsoft's own Office apps will get it very quickly, it may be a while (if ever) until other popular apps work with the feature.

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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.

- With Timeline, you'll be able to pick a time, say last Wednesday morning, and see what files, apps and sites you had opened, allowing you to easily jump back to what you were doing. Lastly, Clipboard will allow for cloud-based copy and paste, letting you copy something on one device and paste on another. Interestingly enough, this works with files in the Desktop and Documents folder, so it isn't just limited to files in the OneDrive folder.

Windows Story Remix uses AI and deep learning to organize and transform photos and videos into stories. "All of this is possible because of the Microsoft Graph, and the intelligent cloud". Users can also create mixed reality by adding 3-D objects to photos and videos to tell stories in a whole new way, or turn photos and videos into a canvas, drawing on them with Windows Ink. Arriving later this year, the update brings with it many changes and new features.

iTunes is coming to the Windows Store by the end of this year.

In a bid to lure Apple and Google customers to Microsoft also said it is adding iTunes and Apple Music to its Windows Store. Both those companies have helped undercut the popularity of PCs running on Windows. Microsoft stated that developers in the US and Canada can pre-order an Acer ($299 USD) or HP ($329 USD) Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition starting today from the Microsoft Store for delivery later this summer. There is no need to install hardware on the walls around you.

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

  • Douglas Reid