Microsoft Touts Features of Windows 10 Fall Update at Build Conference

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Yesterday, Microsoft made it clear the ARM version of Windows 10 is a fully-functional and seamless experience.

Coming later this year, the new Microsoft update will bring a new design system that Microsoft calls the Fluent Design system that promises "expressive and engaging apps" with better cross-platform compatibility. However, the build doesn't yet include any of the brand-new features built into the OS that Microsoft previewed during Build today.

As part of the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft announced Windows Story Remix, an application for editing photos and videos.

With Xamarin Live Player, developers can connect an iPhone or iPad to their Windows PC, scan a QR code, and select the Debug option to debug the app. Xamarin Live Player also lets developers see the changes in code that they make take place in the app in real time.

Finally, some will be glad to know that iTunes, Ubuntu, openSUSE and Fedora are coming to the Windows 10 Store. There are no new features in this build.

Microsoft still isn't positioning this as a way of running Linux server in production on Windows; rather, the company says the addition will be useful for administrative tasks.

One of the most intriguing of the features is Timeline, which shows you a chronological list of everything you've done, for example apps you used, documents you edited, music you listened to or sites you visited. Since Clipboard is a system-level feature in Windows, and SwiftKey works across pretty much all apps on your smartphone, users will be able to use this feature to exchange information between practically any two apps on their Windows 10 and mobile devices.

Windows Story Remix, one of the new applications arriving with the Fall Creators Update, will use deep learning and artificial intelligence to let users organize and present their photos and videos in new ways.

Microsoft is aggressively creating a mixed reality technology platform and HoloLens augmented reality gear, which Windows 10 is crafted to support.

Microsoft has also revived an old OneDrive feature, giving you the ability to access all your files in the cloud without having to download them. With Windows phones now all but non-existent, the Graph-powered update should let users do more or less the same thing using iPhones and Android devices.

While a desktop iTunes app has been available from iTunes.com since the early iPod days (2003 to be precise), the arrival of a Windows Store app is significant.

That version, Windows 10 S, can only get apps through the store, not directly from third parties such as Apple. Firstly, there's a new feature called Clipboard, which is a cloud-based feature that basically enables copy and pasting between Windows 10, iOS and Android devices.

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