Windows 10 update aims to help identify best photos, videos

The tool, called Story Remix, will be part of a "Fall Creators Update" to roll out later this year to 500 million personal computers, smartphones and tablets powered by Windows 10. It now seems that the Fall Creators Update is a chance for Microsoft to not only add that feature back to the update but also bring along the Mixed Reality environment so that it is ready for the public availability of the Mixed Reality HMDs later this year.

Myerson highlighted several new features coming to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

You can already see some very basic elements of Fluent Design in both the Windows 10 Creators Update as well as the more recent builds: the Aero-like transparency effects in the Start Menu, for instance. Cortana will ask if you want to resume where you left off when you switch between products, and a new Timeline feature provides an encompassing view of what you've been working on and the apps you've been using.

OneDrive Files on Demand, which will give users access to all files in the cloud without requiring them to download anything onto a specific device. The particularly-interesting bit is the ability to transfer an open task from a desktop PC to a laptop or another mobile device (iOS and Android included), using the accompanying Pick Up Where You Left Off feature.

First, Microsoft says, it'll include a Windows Story Remix, a new app that takes your photos and videos and automatically stitches them into stories, complete with a soundtrack and transitions.

"You're going to see Fluent Design in the Windows shell and in our built-in apps over time", Belfiore said.

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Windows has a great app for creating videos again. When you try to open a file that isn't stored on your PC, Windows will download it and open it for you. Still, the fact that Microsoft is bending over backwards to integrate so tightly with Android and iPhone just underscores Microsoft's failure to get its own Windows phone platforms off the ground.

Built on.NET and distributed through the Windows Store as a Universal Windows Application, Windows Story Remix uses AI and deep learning to organize and transform photos and videos into stories.

The Microsoft Fluent Design System will deliver a better cross-device experience, making jumping from platform to platform, or device to device, much easier. Microsoft executives described it as a more gradual journey over time.

According to Microsoft, though, utility, not aesthetics, will rule the Fall Creators Update. Microsoft also announced it is working with SUSE Linux and Fedora Linux running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux to bring them to the Windows Store. "For developers, Fluent Design is built to help you create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity".

We were also told that HP ($329) and Acer ($299) will both open up pre-orders for their Mixed Reality HMDs through the Microsoft Store for developers in the USA and Canada. The Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers will allow responsive tracking of movement using sensors in a Windows Mixed Reality headset.

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