Back in May, Microsoft gave the world a preview of what its next version of Windows 10, dubbed as has the Fall Creators Update.
Using the keynote on the second day of its Build developer conference, the firm revealed several of the headline features coming with the update in the autumn, but even more have since been revealed in test builds which could well end up on your machine when the Fall Creators Update is released in October.
Copy and paste to anywhere
One big part of everyday computing life could be about get significantly more fluid thanks to what Microsoft calls a “cloud-powered clipboard”.
This will enable users to highlight and copy text on one device – with that data then held in the cloud – before users can then paste it somewhere on another device.
On stage, Microsoft demonstrated this tool by taking the name of a store you might want to visit and highlighting it from a to-do list on a PC, before pasting it in the search bar of your mapping app to find it and get directions.
Not only that but it was an Android device too – so this will work across platforms. Nice.
Microsoft’s big new creativity app for the update is Story Remix, a photo and video editing app where users can quickly create montages of their content.
The app works across all Windows devices as well as iOS and Android, and can automatically pull together clips based on time and location, with users then able to edit them, add effects and even choose people in the photos or videos they want to focus the final montage on.
3D effects from the Paint 3D app can also be pulled in to give a bit of Hollywood CGI to your creations.
As well as creativity, Windows has been keen to improve productivity in recent updates – Windows Timeline is the latest feature to encapsulate that.
In short, it works as a more intelligent version of the web history feature, but across your whole device – enabling users to look back and jump into things they were working on previously.
This also syncs up with Cortana so if you open a new device, the virtual assistant will ask you if you want to go back to what you were working on and open it up for you.
iTunes in the Windows Store
This will prove particularly useful to Windows 10 S users, who can only download apps through the Windows Store. Read more on Windows 10 S here.
Microsoft Fluent Design System
This is what was known as ‘Project Neon’, Microsoft’s apparent redesign of the Windows 10 interface.
It is in fact more of a soft change rather than an overhaul, with the tech giant introducing a new design checklist they want developers to think about and apply when designing their products.
It’s built around five key characteristics: light, depth, motion, material and scale.
Privacy dialogue prompts asking permission for things such as your location are going to be extended to even more apps, meaning everything from access to the camera, microphone, contacts or calendar will have to be verfied by the user for new apps.
Improved Storage Sense
If storage space on your device is a concern, you're in luck, as Microsoft is improving it's Storage Sense feature, which cleverly removes unnecessary files behind the scenes so you don't have to.
Now Storage Sense will go once step further, with an option to automatically delete any files in your downloaded folder after 30 days. Plus, any previous versions of Windows downloaded on your machine will be cleared once an upgrade is taken place.
Edge gets edgier
Microsoft is still adding bits to its new web browser Edge.
Among them is a brand new readaloud mode, so your machine will read out text on a webpage, PDF or EPUB document.
Speaking of PDFs, there will also be better support for the popular format, enabling you to fill out PDF forms within Edge at last, as well as the ability to use the Ink pen feature on PDFs too if you're using a touchscreen device.