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Top 7 announcements from the second day of Build 2017

At the center of Microsoft's vision for Windows 10 is the upcoming Fall Creators Update, which is expected to arrive around September. ITunes, Apple Inc.'s music app, also is going to be available in the Windows App Store, Microsoft said.

The big new application in the Fall Creators Update is Story Remix, a sort of Windows Movie Maker on steroids.

After dedicating the first day of its Build 2017 conference to cloud services, Microsoft Corp. today shifted the focus to Windows 10, unveiling a slew of new updates for the operating system this morning that will affect both consumers and developers. You can be as hands-on as you want (advanced 3D features are supported), or let the app do nearly everything to make memorable content out of the memories that you feed into it.

Originally designed as a centralized interface for accessing data from core Microsoft products, the platform is set to take on the role of a cross-device hub. "With a visual timeline that displays what you were doing when, you can easily hop back into files, apps and sites as if you never left", he said.

The company is also introducing OneDrive files on demand, which lets users quickly see items stored in the cloud on local machines without having to download files. 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. And though "Fall Creators Update" might feel like Microsoft is phoning it in a little by copping most of its last update's name, it's certainly descriptive. Windows 10 adoption is on the rise and the ability to manage and control smart devices straight within the OS should further boost its appeal, bringing it more in line with recent trends. The Windows 10 Preview SDK build 16190 can be used with any Windows Insider Preview build (16190 or greater) and contains numerous bug fixes and other development changes to APIs.

The flagship app for the update will be Story Remix, and that's availalable today with Windows 10 for PCs build 16193. Visual Studio will wait until a developer stops typing for a couple seconds, and then push an updated view to the device so that they can see how it looks, Friedman said.

Windows Story Remix uses AI and deep learning to organize and transform photos and videos into stories.

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will also bring new changes to mixed reality. "We are working with developers to create this new frontier in computing and want any developer to get a Windows Mixed Reality dev kit", Myerson said. There is no need to install hardware on the walls around you.

A customer who pairs a Windows Mixed Reality headset with motion controllers will have a rich and immersive experience across creativity tools, productivity, games and entertainment, he added.



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