The next version of Windows, due this fall, will strive to enable users to connect a wide variety of disconnected devices in favor of a more simple, seamless approach, Windows chief Terry Myerson said Thursday during Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference.
Microsoft tried to piggyback on the trend by expanding into smartphones, but those attempts have mostly flopped.
Microsoft has added a set of new features that let you work across devices, whether they run Windows, iOS or Android.
Microsoft also revealed that Cognitive Services, a conduit for third-parties to access its AI algorithms for "vision, speech, language, and knowledge", was arriving on a bot-to-bot communication platform Interbot, a product from Gupshup.
The feature will also work with corporate OneDrive accounts and SharePoint Online team sites, added Teper.
Another feature expands the realm of the virtual clipboard, enabling a copy and paste function from Windows to other operating systems and back again.
Windows Insiders can test the Fall Update now. The Fall Creators Update includes impressive features including a new design system, new tools for developers, iTunes app for the Windows Store and the world's first Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers. That's not to say Microsoft isn't doing anything new or better with Story Remix, and the fact that it has squeezed all of this functionality into a single app is an impressive feat. So, if you leave your home halfway through reading a news story on your PC, for example, you'll be able to access it again on your phone to continue reading on the move - providing you have the Cortana app installed. The company announced that developers in the USA and Canada can now pre-order headsets from Acer and HP priced at $299 and $329 respectively, considerably lowering the cost of entry to the emerging technology.
The features, which will be part of an upgrade for the computer operating system this fall, will let people sync different devices, Microsoft officials said in a briefing before they introduced the software.
Finally, there is also a new "Clipboard" feature, which will also be viewable on Windows and Android/iOS.
The Windows Story Remix is an Universal Windows Platform app which will allow you to edit your videos so easily and efficiently.
For consumers in 2017, Microsoft on mobile truly means - to steal a buzzword - a mobility of experiences, and that's a good thing.
Seeing all of this so early on into this update, I'm tremendously excited to see what Microsoft has planned for us over the next 6 months. Those subscribed to the Fast ring receive new Windows 10 builds at a faster clip than those subscribed to the Slow ring. The basic functionality of the app pulls together all of your images and video - stored both on a Windows 10 device or OneDrive - and automatically stitches them together into short videos. It consists of several UI enhancements to give Windows a more modern look and feel, one that puts some distance between Windows 10 and the original Metro UI that was rolled out with Windows 8.