Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Windows 10 update aims to help identify best photos, videos

Windows 10 update aims to help identify best photos, videos

With the upcoming Fall entry, Microsoft hopes to build on its vision for Windows, notably to empower the creator in all of us.

After the Windows 8 disaster, Windows 10 represents a comeback. A new feature called "Timeline" will provide users with "a visual timeline that displays what you what you were doing [and] when", which allows users to quickly pick up on an existing project.

Microsoft's latest Windows 10 is now running on 500 million devices since its release in July 2015. The feature is available now on Android devices to Office 365 Personal and Home subscribers, and OneDrive business accounts.

According to Microsoft's Belfiore, the design adds light, depth, motion, and the quality of physical materials to the UI of the OS and its apps, with the aim of guiding users and being more visually pleasing. PUWILO is perhaps the first big use case where developers of consumer apps will have good reason to use Graph.

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Microsoft also is opening up Windows 10 so it works better with the smartphones and tablets running on Apple's iOS and Google's Android software.

For example you'll need to have Cortana installed and running on your smartphone to access numerous features Microsoft showed off at Build, documents will likely be saved using OneDrive, and the demonstration of the universal clipboard showed mobile users copying and pasting using the Microsoft-owned SwiftKey keyboard, so your mileage may vary depending on how many Microsoft apps (or specially designed compatible apps) you're prepared to switch to on mobile.

Users will also be able to copy images, links and text to the Clipboard between a Windows 10 PC and Android, iOS or Windows smartphone, when using supported software such as Office or the SwiftKey mobile keyboard. Like Oculus Rift's Touch controllers, the Windows Mixed Reality Controllers will let a person interact more with virtual reality environments.

The update "is a recognition that the vast majority of their customers are using Android and iOS (Apple) devices on mobile and they have to accommodate that", Ross Rubin, a Reticle Research analyst, told AFP. That, too, will be powered by the Cortana voice assistant - it will be able to remember where you stopped in an article on your Surface, and ask if you want to pick up in the same spot on your iPhone. "They've really made leaps from being a Windows-centric company to a cloud-centric one".

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Browsing Timeline on an iPhone, with help from the Cortana app. It will also alter its responses based on the type of device in use.

The next version of Windows 10 will be called Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Myerson added that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will also look different, thanks to what Microsoft is calling a "Fluent Design System" that will create a common user interface across devices. The company announced this week that iTunes, Autodesk, and SAP Digital Boardroom will be coming to the Windows Store later this year.

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