The company has unveiled this in Build 2017 conference.
It's created to solve two key problems: developers needing to burn time setting up their development environments, and the time that it takes to compile applications, according to Microsoft Corporate Vice President Nat Friedman. It will be the second major update to Windows 10 in 2017, which will be a trend going forward. There's been a lot of things announced at the event this week, so here's a list of the top 5 things - for consumers.
The Creators Update will also include Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's VR platform.
An update of Microsoft's Windows 10 software will include features for playing games and watching video in the realm of "mixed reality". Users will get an experience that's similar to what they get from the existing iTunes for Windows app. This means that devices will be able to grab individual files whenever the user wishes, without having to worry about synching, or downloading entire folders.
Microsoft's new design language for Windows 10 is officially called the Microsoft Fluent Design System. This is the latest refinement to Microsoft's UI style that started as "Metro" in the Windows Phone 7 era. While the past couple of years has seen Microsoft launch an increasing number of apps on macOS and iOS, Apple is pushing back a little. You will not need to use up space on your device anymore, which is great for people with limited mobile space or people who run off data plans. Microsoft will be selling dev kits to Acer ($299) and HP ($329) in the United States and Canada. This feature, again, lets you work on a document on a smartphone while riding the train to work, for example, and then pick up right where you left off when you boot up your computer at work.
Timeline also works with the new Pick Up Where You Left Off feature that lets you resume sessions and apps on multiple devices. Even if changes are made to the file, it will automatically be synced and your changes will be saved for when you get back online. Acer Inc. will bundle the controller and the goggles for US$399 for the holiday shopping season, with pre-orders starting today.
Windows 10 wants to follow you everywhere, but not in a creepy way.
And in a further explosion of love for Apple devices and software, Microsoft also announced that iTunes is coming to the Windows Store. With big companies like Apple and Spotify on board, more developers will be intrigued to bring their apps to the Windows Store.