Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, just kicked off day two. Unlike day one, today featured a lot more consumer-facing tech worthy of talking about. From Mixed Reality, to a pretty badass way to create collaborative movies, Microsoft had a lot to show us.

Here’s what’s worth talking about.

Fall Creators Update


As we acicular out previously, Microsoft afresh committed to two annual updates. The next one was appear today: the Fall Creators Update. In it, we’ll see abundant changes, most of which we’ll talk about in more detail below.

Some highlights are:

  • A new clipboard affection that allows you to copy and paste links, images, and files amid accessories — sort of like Pushbullet.
  • Pick Up Where You Left Off, a affection like Apple’s ‘Continuity’ that allows you to start work on one device, and finish on another.
  • The new ‘Timeline,’ which allows you to “jump back in time to find what you were alive on.

Fluent Design System (AKA Project Neon)


Microsoft today apparent the long-rumored Project Neon. Now, though, it has a real name: Microsoft Fluent Design System, or ‘Fluent’ if you’re short on time.

The update isn’t an overhaul, but more a shift toward what’s accessible as we move into designing for assorted platforms, including mixed reality. Fluent adds a array of possibilities for UI design on Windows Apps, including:

  • Light
  • Depth
  • Motion
  • Material
  • Scale

Windows Story Remix is amazing!

Remember Movie Maker? Windows Story Remix is basically like that, only not at all like that. Story Remix brings the adeptness to create acute visual agreeable — complete with appropriate effects, a soundtrack, and a social aspect that allows assorted people to accord clips to a accomplished movie — for even the most novice of filmmakers.

We could tell you about it, but this gif — from a movie created in all of 30 abnormal — sums it up way better than we ever could.


OneDrive on-demand sync


OneDrive was already insanely useful on Windows devices, but today’s advertisement of Files On-Demand, you can clasp even more annual out of the accepted cloud accumulator platform.

The system lets you see all your OneDrive files in Windows 10’s File Explorer before you download them, so you can work as if each was stored on your device. For action users, there’s an added benefit: when you update a shared file, it’s now synced automatically across all accessories on the account. So now, each of your colleagues has a afresh synced adaptation of the file you afresh saved, and it’s all accessible in File Explorer after digging through OneDrive itself.

Windows Timeline


Timeline is a affection that allows you to search a visual history of work you’ve ahead done. If you’re alive on a spreadsheet at home, and have to skip over to a PDF from your computer at work, you can now search a visual timeline to find the certificate you had opened beforehand in the day. Or, if you’re old-school, a simple keyword-based search can pull up what you were attractive for from days-earlier.

For a Mac parallel, it’s about Time Machine, only not for backups, but for actual work. It’s an access that lets you begin working, playing, or account one device, and finish on addition — laptop, mobile, tablet, or conceivably even the HoloLens one day.

Cloud Clipboard lets you copy and paste amid devices


If you’ll absolve addition Apple comparison, Microsoft new Cloud Clipboard is a Continuity-like affection that allows users to copy one one device, and sync it to assorted others for pasting.

In the demo, the presenter copied an abode from the desktop, and pasted Google Maps info to a Samsung Galaxy S8 after any type of work-around that PC users have been relying on for this type of functionality. Better, the affection works in SwiftKey, the ever-so-amazing Microsoft mobile keyboard.

iTunes is coming to the Windows Store

Windows users could already access iTunes, but now it’s coming anon to the Windows store. I’m not sure it’s worth accepting aflame about iTunes, as any Apple user can tell you, but the action to work cross-device and bring Apple Music and added iPhone abutment is commendable.

It won’t, however, be accessible on accessories active the almost locked down Windows 10 S.

Debug mobile apps by scanning QR codes

As any developer can tell you, debugging code is a major pain in the ass. Xamarin’s new Live Player aims to change all that by making debugging apps as simple as scanning a QR code.

Instead of scanning bags of lines of code, active emulators, and installing aggrandized SDK’s, developers can now install an app on their Android or iOS device, scan a QR code, and debug an app with the click of a button. The code is then anon deployed into the Live player app for testing.

Microsoft’s first Mixed Absoluteness controller

Microsoft today appear its first Mixed Absoluteness motion ambassador for the HoloLens (and other) headsets. The controllers look a lot like a alliance amid the Oculus and Vive controllers already in existence, and crave no alien tracking accouterments in order to follow your movements.

The controllers are coming later this year and are set to be arranged with an Acer Mixed Absoluteness angle for $399.

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