Microsoft's new push is to convince Windows users it can help them resume activities and apps even if they're using an iPhone or Android device.
The Fall Creators Update will also include Story Remix, a new image and video editing app that enables users to quickly create short video montages using shared photos and video, as well as 3D effects from the company's new Paint 3D app.
Also making news at Build 2017 is the fact that OpenSUSE, Ubuntu and Fedora are coming to the Windows Store.
Given Microsoft's history of building and buttressing Windows against all comers, it is a little stunning to see what it has now become.
Microsoft really wants Windows to be the platform of choice for developers.
Enhancements to the widely used operating system to roll out later this year are created to make applications built on Microsoft technology work more harmoniously across an array of internet-linked devices, according to demonstrations given at the company's Build developers conference in Seattle.
The design change, known as the Microsoft Fluent Design System, will focus on emphasizing elements like light, motion, depth, and texture within Windows. Microsoft says it will produce more first-party apps with the Fluent Design System than it did with Metro, which should give other developers more examples of how to make their own apps.
The Microsoft Graph works within the Microsoft Cloud, allowing you to continue what you were doing on any device; again, even if that device is iOS or Android. Clipboard is a fast and easy way to copy and paste just about anything between connected devices, whether on a Windows PC or your favourite mobile phone, he noted. It sounds counter-intuitive, but it's a lot more useful to the average Windows user than trying to sell them a Windows-powered phone. Story Remix brings memories, photos and videos together to create stories with a soundtrack, theme and cinematic transitions. You can watch the presentation video below that highlights the new features.
Apple iTunes will hit the Window Store by the end of the year.
More than 500 million Windows 10 users now can be reached through the Windows Store, Nadella noted, as well as 100 million monthly active users of Office 365, 140 million monthly users of Cortana, and 12 million organizational entities in the Azure Active Directory - including small, medium and large businesses, as well as educational institutions. The app was submitted to the Windows Store as a Progressive Web App. Users can install them as apps on their gadget, allowing them to run Windows and Linux applications side-by-side without dual-booting. A new status icon will show whether a file is available locally or needs to be downloaded from the cloud first, in case you need to use the service offline.
That price is far more affordable than what Microsoft has been charging for another mixed reality headset called the HoloLens.