Microsoft unveils update to Windows, with brand new design and features

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Microsoft has officially announced the next major update to Windows 10, which includes a brand new design.

The Fall Creators Update is likely to be released in September and its announcement comes just weeks after Microsoft began started rolling out its Creators Update.

However, the Fall Update is expected to have a much bigger impact for users compared to the Creators Update, which mainly offers system and security improvements.

The Fall Creators Update, which was unveiled at Microsoft’s Build developer conference in Seattle, will instead include a brand new design which is built around Microsoft’s new Fluent Design System, which was previously known as Project Neon.

The tech giant said the updated design will make Windows more visually appealing.

One of the highlights of the new update is the introduction of a “cloud powered clipboard”, which lets users copy from and paste text from two different devices for the first time.

The update also brings with better continuity between Windows, Android and Apple devices.

“Fluent Design will deliver intuitive, harmonious, responsive and inclusive cross-device experiences and interactions,” said Terry Myerson, the executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and devices group.

“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.”

Also included in the update is Windows Timeline, which will let users quickly locate documents and projects they were working on across different devices, which Microsoft says is “designed to help you unlock creativity”.

Another useful feature called ‘Pick Up Where You Left Off will enable users to instantly continue tasks they had been working on their phone and complete them using their PC.

The update will also debut a new video and editing app called Story Remix, which lets users quickly create video montages from photos and videos.

Microsoft revealed Apple’s iTunes music app will be available in the Windows Store for the first time and that users will be also be able to access Apple Music.

Microsoft also debuted its plans for virtual reality, which it is calling ‘mixed reality’ and launched a new motion controller that works with a variety of VR headsets, including its own HoloLens.

At its Build conference, Microsoft also revealed that Windows 10 is now installed on 500 million devices worldwide, making it “the most used version of Windows ever”.

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