Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th May 2017 22:13 UTC

At Microsoft's Build conference, the company showed off the Windows Fall Creators Update. This update is going to bring a number of quite interesting things to Windows - such as a number of features that let you move between applications on Windows and iOS/Android, using Microsoft's Cortana application on those platforms.

For instance, you can share your clipboard with your mobile devices, and pick up where you left off reading articles or watching videos - yes, like Apple's Continuity, but cross-platform. There's also a timeline feature which allows you to scroll back in time to see what you were watching or reading or whatever days or weeks ago. All this will be available in the Cortana application on iOS and Android, too.

Microsoft also officially unveiled its new design language for Windows applications, Fluent Design System, replacing the Metro they're using now. To be honest, it's not really replacing Metro so much as expanding it, and I think the best way to describe it is "Material Design, now with lots of blur". Fluent Design is already making its way to current Windows versions and applications through the Windows Store, but much of what Microsoft showed off today in videos is still in the concept phase.

Additionally, Microsoft shed some light on its Windows-on-ARM plans, detailing how it allows x86 code on ARM processors. You will be able to run any x86 Windows application on Windows-on-ARM, both from the Windows Store and downloaded elsewhere. The technology is an extension of Windows on Windows, which is currently used to allow 32bit applications to run on 64bit Windows (WoW64) and was also used to allow 16bit applications to run on 32bit Windows (WOW).

Lastly, Microsoft unveiled that it's working with Apple to bring iTunes to the Windows Store as a UWP-packaged Win32 application. Autodesk and SAP will bring their applications to the Windows Store as well.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Fri 12th May 2017 11:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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I see no conflict. Windows 10 S isn't the future of Windows, it's a small part, a single SKU to target a market that Windows is losing out on.

If you believe that then you must believe that Apple are at any-moment about to begin licencing of iOS for 3rd party manufacturers. -- It's nonsense.

Microsoft are putting Win10-S on their $1000 flagship device. It's clear they expect Win10-S to be seen and to be used by professionals.

Also, I came up with a better way to enunciate my point -- the engineers are giving you more functionality, whilst the leaders are planning to take it away! Look at Microsoft's own projects -- VSCode is not an app-store app; heck, they're a year or more away from even achieving that with their current set-up.

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by Drumhellar on Fri 12th May 2017 17:59 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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So, in your world:

-Talking in depth about how ChromeOS is taking over the education market

-Releasing a similar product to ChromeOS, talking about how it is geared for education

-Releasing a suite of new tools designed for small IT departments (like those found in schools) to manage Windows S systems in the classroom

-Speaking in depth about upcoming Windows 10 S devices in the $200 to $400 range

-Speaking of the Surface Laptop as a sort of halo device, explicitly targeting college students (Not Professionals)

That all points to Microsoft eventually removing the ability to install applications at will, for everybody, forever, despite their hundreds of millions of customers that need this functionality?

Steve Ballmer is gone. Microsoft has done much to reverse their attempt to do this with Windows RT, having taken a series of steps in the absolute opposite direction.

Also, I came up with a better way to enunciate my point -- the engineers are giving you more functionality, whilst the leaders are planning to take it away!

These announcements about Windows 10 on ARM being able to install any x86 software, at will, without having to go through the store - as well as other details that indicate the absolute opposite of what you're saying - were released at the BUILD conference, a highly publicized conference, which while being developer and engineering focused, is still tightly organized by marketing, and is extremely unlikely to have anything presented that is off-message or goes against what the higher ups are actually planning on doing.

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