Fluent Design pushes Windows 10 further away from the Metro UI introduced with Windows 8. Top of the list is making sure opening and closing tabs are a lot smoother.
Microsoft just announced Story Remix-a new app that lets you create videos with mixed reality content, among other things-this morning at its Build developer conference. And one of the downfalls many developers see with Windows is that they can't test out iOS apps with the platform. In fact, some elements were hidden in the original Creators Update, they said, but without a name.
All of these enhancements use the Microsoft Graph and the new Microsoft Fluent Design System, aka Project NEON, to bring them to the operating system and end users.
Lastly, Microsoft also demonstrated how multiple products like Office 365, Dynamics 365, Cortana Skills, Microsoft Graph will be soon integrated into Tact which is sales experience platform that turns any connected device into an AI-powered virtual sales assistant. It's likely this will be somehow tied into Cortana and its new resume features.
Microsoft also talked about offering on-demand access to OneDrive files. It lets users add elements of alternative reality to normal videos and uses artificial intelligence to edit videos automatically.
He stated that this feature update will continue the companies efforts to expanding the creation related capabilities of the operating system and one such first party creative app was shown to the keynote crowd. If you have not installed the Anniversary or Creators updates then quality and security updates will come to a stop.
Powering these experiences is a new Fluent Design System, announced today. Both those companies have helped undercut the popularity of PCs running on Windows.
Quite why Microsoft has made a decision to call it the same name is a mystery and rather odd, but perhaps it's because the original Creators Update wasn't as creative (or well received by creators) as was hoped.
Microsoft also announced update to Ink, its software which enables most functions to be operated with a pen. Microsoft will be selling dev kits to Acer ($299) and HP ($329) in the USA and Canada. Unlike the HTC Vive, or Oculus Rift's controllers, you won't need to setup any extra hardware for the motion controllers in Windows Mixed Reality to work and that's definitely very impressive.
Acer Inc. plans to sell a headset and motion controller bundle for $399 this holiday season, Microsoft said. The only apps you can run on Windows 10 S are those vetted by Microsoft and available in the Windows Store. Windows Store apps are often recognizable for their Windows Metro design looks (flat colors, blocky design).