Windows 10 Fall Creators Update features: Here’s what we know so far

By: Madeleine Dean
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Microsoft recently unveiled the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. This upcoming major OS overhaul is scheduled for release in September, but the company has already started revealing some of the changes  this update will bring.

In this article, we’re going to list everything we know about the Fall Creators Update, so that you know what to expect in terms of features and improvements.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update — What’s new?

  • A brand-new UI

The Microsoft Fluent Design System will revamp the operating system’s UI. The new design language will help Microsoft deliver a more intuitive user experience across all Windows devices. The new Windows 10 UI revolves around two elements: animations and blur.

To give you an idea of what the UI will look like, check out the new Groove Music look, these UI animations or this Mail App design concept.

  • OneDrive Files on Demand

Microsoft will adopt a minimalist approach to OneDrive in the Fall Creators Update. More specifically, this new feature will download your files only when you need them, saving space on your disk.

  • App timeline

The Fall Creators Update will help you better track the tasks you performed in the past. All you need to do is launch the new Timeline feature and you can immediately resume work.

  • Clipboard syncing

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will support Clipboard syncing, meaning that you’ll be able to copy and paste anything between your devices, irrespective of the platforms you use. In other words, you’ll be able to copy that inspiring quote from your Windows 10 PC and paste it on your Android phone.

  • Pick up where you left

Cortana allows you to pick up where you left off across Windows, iOS, and Android devices. For example, after you log off your PC, the document you were editing pops up on your phone. Cortana then asks you if you want to pick up where you left off — or, as Microsoft puts it, ” your PC and your phone finish each other’s sentences.”

  • Windows Story Remix

Story Remix is an app that automatically brings your photos and videos together into relevant video stories, each with a soundtrack, theme, and transitions. If you’re an Insider, you can already test this app out by downloading build 16193.

You can keep the suggested video stories or edit them yourself in the story editor. You can then upload your video stories to YouTube and Facebook or share them via email or via OneDrive.

  • The Windows Store opens up to other platforms

The Fall Creators Update will revolutionize the Windows Store. We know it’s hard to believe, but iTunesUbuntu, SUSE, and Fedora are slated to arrive in the Store this fall.

  • New payment instruments

Microsoft will add 35 new payment instruments for consumer applications this year, with support for payments in 247 markets globally.

  • Autodesk will add support for Windows Mixed Reality

Windows Mixed Reality fans will be glad to learn that Autodesk will extend its Windows Store offerings to include support for Windows Mixed Reality in Autodesk Stingray.  This 3D game engine and real-time rendering software will take the Windows Mixed Reality experience to the next level.

  • Windows for developers: NET Standard 2.0 for UWP, XAML Standard and Xamarin Live Player

Microsoft wants to make Windows home for all developers. In order to reach this goal, the company will roll out .NET Standard 2.0 for UWP and XAML Standard later this year. In addition to that, Project Rome will soon support iOS, and Xamarin Live Player enables developers to build, test, and debug their iPhone applications from their Windows PC.

  • Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers

Microsoft has created a new tool for the Fall Creators Update: the new Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers. These will enable you to touch virtual reality. You can also use the motion controllers across creativity tools, productivity, games, and entertainment.

We’re sure that Microsoft will unveil more Windows 10 Fall Creators Update features in the coming weeks through the Windows Insider Program. Stay tuned!

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