Picks – Microsoft Build 2017


Microsoft Build 2017 was held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from May 10th 2017 to May 12th 2017. With lots of announced updates for Windows 10, Office, Azure and Mixed Reality so here’s a quick summary of just a few of the things that were announced there.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft announced the official name for the next update to Windows 10 – Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and will be a free upgrade to all eligable Windows 10 users. There are lots of new features coming including a new UI refresh known as the Microsoft Fluent Design System – orignally codenamed Project NEON and brings many changes to the familiar Windows 10 interface, there’s option to be able to sync clipboard content across all your connectex devices with Pick up where you left of features supporting Android, iPhone and Windows 10 Mobile plus there’s a new feature called Timeline which shows all of the tasks you’ve done on your device. Plus there’s also creatuce features being added such as Story Remix that allows you to create memories using photos and videos. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be coming free to existing Windows 10 users later this year.

Microsoft Fluent Design System

There’s a new design language from Microsoft coming to Windows 10 known as the Fluent Design System which features five fundamental elements: Light, Depth, Motion, Material and Scale and uses these elements to deliver fresh and dynamic experiences, the design language will be evolved over time with the first wave being released in the next update to Windows 10 then will envolve with consumer and developer feedback to help improve and enhance user experience even further. Many applications for Windows Insiders are already featuring many of the enhancements the Fluent Design System delivers and it’s very straightforward for developers to get their own apps to fit in with the new experiences possible.

Cortana Skills

Microsoft announced a new set of Cortana Skills with a Cortana Skills Kit for developers being made available, there are over fifty skills available for Cortana from many of Microsoft’s partners already including Domino’s Pizza and iHeartRadio and you can install these skills onto your Windows 10 device as well as Android and iOS devices. Cortana Skills allows you to add deeper intergration with the Cortana digital assistant and allow users to access your app’s features in a smart and initutive way.

Originally Published: 11th May 2017

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