While Microsoft has only recently rolled out its blockbuster Anniversary Update for Windows 10, the tech giant has just lifted the lid on what to expect in the next bumper update due next year.
Earlier this week, the Redmond firm gave an insight into some of the big changes coming to its cross platform operating system in Q2 of next year, including yet more changes to the Start Menu, as well as the introduction of a new Night Mode for mobile users.
The biggest overhaul is coming to the Start Menu, which will become fully customisable on both desktop and mobile.
The new Continuum Start Menu that was updated in the Anniversary Update allows you to mirror whatever is on your main PC across multiple devices. However, the update next year will also make it easier to set up independent profiles on your PC, Windows phone or tablet.
The update will also see the introduction of the long awaited Night Mode to Windows Phone and Surface devices. The feature is expected to work in a similar way to the night mode currently found on iPhones.
The Night Mode on Windows 10 will allow you to change the colours on your display to the warmer end of the spectrum depending on if you are using your device in the day or night.
Making the announcement at its Ignite Conference which was held in Atlanta this week, Microsoft also said that the update will bring major improvements and speed not only to desktop users but also for Windows 10 on smartphone.
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Windows 10 mobile users will also benefit from resizable windows in the Windows 10 Continuum feature.
This will allow you to connect your Windows 10 smartphone into any external monitor, keyboard and mouse so that it can be used as a mobile Windows 10 PC.
The resizeable windows will also allow users to ‘snap’ Windows to one side of their smartphone screen, while opening up another app or document on the other side of the screen – kind of similar to the multitasking feature found on Samsung phones.
Previously apps on Windows 10 phones were forced to run in fullscreen but the new update will provide a much more versatile and ‘desktop like’ experience to Windows 10 on mobile, says Microsoft.
The use of Artificial Intelligence and further improvements to its Cortana digital assistant are also expected to feature heavily in the new update, although Microsoft is yet to say in what capacity. Also at the Ignite Conference, Microsoft revealed it now has more than 5,000 people working in its AI division.