On day two of //Build 2017 Micrrosoft annonced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to spark the next wave of creativity.
In the keynote, Terry Myerson, talked about the next feature update to Windows 10, which is slated to arrive in the fall, “will now be known as the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.” Available later this year, “the update will deliver a new Fluent design system across devices, new experiences that move with you across Windows, iOS and Android, and new tools that make Window home for all developers,” Myerson said.
|Version name||Codename||Version number||Build number||Release|
|Windows 10||Threshold||1507||10240||July 2015|
|November Update||Threshold 2||1511||10586||November 2015|
|Anniversary Update||Redstone||1607||14393||August 2016|
|Creators Update||Redstone 2||1703||15063||April 2017|
|Fall Creators Update||Redstone 3||1709?||September 2017?|
Myerson during the session also shared some statistics around the Windows 10 said, there are more than 500 million Windows 10 devices available around the world, and more than 300 million people using Windows 10 every day for more than 3.5 hours a day on average.
And, also introduced “Windows Story Remix,” a new way to transform photos and videos, and the world’s first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers. You can also create mixed reality by adding 3D objects to your photos and videos to tell stories in a whole new way or turn your photos and videos into your canvas, drawing on them with Windows Ink.
Built on .NET and distributed through Windows Store as a Universal Windows Application (UWA), Story Remix uses AI and deep learning to organize and transform photos and videos into stories. And, with Microsoft Graph, it’ll connect across devices.
Here is a peek into what you can expect from Windows Story Remix:
Introducing the new “Microsoft Fluent Design System,” he said, this new approach will deliver intuitive, harmonious, responsive and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions.
With Fluent Design, developers will be able to create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity.
Take a look a the video below:
On the Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers, he said, with Fall Creators Update, consumers will see the magic of mixed reality when they pairs a Windows Mixed Reality headset with motion controllers, which offer precise and responsive tracking of movement in your field of view using the sensors in your headset.
Today, Acer’s and HP’s Windows Mixed Reality headset and motion controller developer editions are available for purchase. See the chart below for the features:
And, there also will be a Windows Mixed Reality dev kit as well. In addition to the first availability of dev kits for purchase.
Visit the Windows Dev Center to view documentation, and download Unity 3D, the most widely-used developer platform for creating immersive applications here. Also, you can download free Visual Studio 2017 here.
He announced that iTunes, Spotify, SAP Digital Boardroom and more apps are coming to the Windows Store avaialble to be use with Windows 10 S.
Here’s the highlight of apps coming later this year on Windows Store:
- iTunes coming by the end of this year wiil provide Windows users complete experience, including Apple Music and iTunes Store, as well as support for iPhone and other Apple devices on any Windows 10 or Windows 10 S PC.
- Autodesk: When Autodesk introduced their UWP SketchBook last summer it became their fastest growing new platform introduction with an average of 35% sales growth every month throughout 2017. Autodesk SketchBook, the de facto application for painting and drawing, was built from the ground up as a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app leveraging the pen and touch capability of Windows 10. Autodesk will continue to use UWP to extend their Windows Store offerings to include support for Windows Mixed Reality in Autodesk Stingray, a 3D game engine, and real-time rendering software.
- SAP Digital Boardroom coming this month, is a next-generation board portal which leverages data from lines of business applications to provide a single source of truth for executives to steer the business in real time. The app was submitted to the Windows Store as a Progressive Web App. This allows SAP to reuse their web content and investments to target multiple platforms, while at the same time take advantage of deeper integration with Windows 10.
Continuing with last years release of support to use Linux binaries from within Windows 10’s Bash shell. This year, Microsoft brings SUSE, Ubuntu, and Fedora to the Windows Store. With Fall Creators Update, “users will be able to install Ubuntu, SUSE, and Fedora as apps on their device, allowing them to run Windows and Linux applications side-by-side without dual-booting.”
While Ubuntu is already available on the Store, SUSE and Fedora said to be made available sometime in the future.
Other new features coming in the update include: OneDrive placeholders coming back under the name of “Files On-Demand.” There’s also an all-new Fluid Design Language, which was previously known as Project NEON. The new visual style is based around five ‘building blocks’: Light, Depth, Motion, Material, and Scale.
Windows will also move with you across Windows, iOS, and Android, as you will be able to:
- Microsoft Graph will soon let you seamlessly get things done across Windows, iOS, and Android devices.
- Timeline now visually displays what you were doing when, you can easily hop back into files, apps, and sites as if you never left.
- Cortana will help you ‘pick up where you left off’ across Windows, iOS, and Android devices. Cortana asks if you want to pick up where you left in your app, doc, or website.
- Clipboard offer a fast and easy way to copy and paste just about anything between connected devices, whether you’re on a Windows PC or your favorite mobile phone.
- OneDrive Files On-Demand lets you access your files in the cloud without having to download them and use storage space on your device.
In a separate session, the company also offered a glimpse of the Edge browser with a Fluent Design refresh. Microsoft also outlined its priorities for the next version of Edge, which will arrive with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update later this year:
It also outlined some of the improvements and new APIs that are heading to Edge in the coming months:
Microsoft said that it will continue in its efforts to improve battery performance when using Edge on portable devices, and that it will “double down on fundamentals” in the browser: “security, reliability, and performance”.
Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16190 released today, to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16190 (or greater).
The Preview SDK Build 16190 contains bug fixes and under development changes to the API surface area as well as following new controls: NavigationView, TreeView, RatingsControl, ColorPicker, ParallaxView and PersonPicture to the Windows.UI.XAML.Controls namespace.
It also adds brushes for Acrylic and Reveal, part of the Fluent Design System. See also the new XAML Controls Gallery in the Windows Universal Samples collection.
The Windows SDK will now formally only be supported by Visual Studio 2017 and greater.
You can download the Preview SDK from developer section on Windows Insider.