500M Windows 10 devices, half of 2018 goal

Melba UnderwoodMay 11, 2017

Build 2017's day two keynote has come and gone, and it revealed a whole lot that Microsoft watchers are sure to appreciate. Microsoft has just released a new build of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring, bringing one of those headline features of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Insiders.

Microsoft unveiled an update to Windows 10, adding key features that are likely to benefit users of gadgets that run rival mobile operating systems iOS and Android. The refresh follows Microsoft's first Creators Update, which started rolling out to Windows machines last month, reports cnbc.

Download Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16190 here. Due to wide interest from the community, developers in the US and Canada can pre-order an Acer ($299 USD) or HP ($329 USD) Windows Mixed Reality Headset Developer Edition starting today from the Microsoft Store for delivery later this summer. Amazon's Echo devices may have enabled it to acquire an edge over competition and gotten more developers on-board however, Microsoft's latest moves - including the one which allows developers to port their skills - could well see the equations change.

Other features of the update include Story Mix, which is created to make video editing easier. The software is expected to be an improved version of Movie Maker, allowing users to create professional-grade videos without needing special video editing knowledge.

The features, which will be part of an upgrade for the computer operating system this fall, will let people sync different devices, Microsoft officials said in a briefing before they introduced the software. Gerbils can cast their glassy little eyes at the video above for a taste of Windows' new design language, which uses the previously-mentioned buzzwords as tools for guiding users' attention within applications. The idea is to maintain a consistent design experience in the same way Google has been able to achieve with its Material Design. The Fluent Design System can display interface elements in a way that provides the impression of depth and supports advanced animations that should arrive on more conventional devices as well. The next update is going to be called Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and it's going to bring several new features for the platform.

As you might imagine, competing against Apple is no easy task.

HomeHub will be Microsoft's answer to the Amazon Echo and its growing popularity, aiming to create a family environment for a Windows 10 PC where all family members would get shared access to apps, calendars, and a new welcome screen. To fix this, Microsoft is introducing the new Xamarin Live Player, which allows developers to run test versions of apps within Visual Studio. The Fall Creators Update will be available later this year, we would assume in the Fall but already learned its November 2017.

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