Microsoft unveils a big Windows update and virtual reality hand controllers

Posted May 12, 2017

After dedicating the first day of its Build 2017 conference to cloud services, Microsoft Corp. today shifted the focus to Windows 10, unveiling a slew of new updates for the operating system this morning that will affect both consumers and developers. Microsoft is expected to publicly release Windows 10 Fall Creators Update later this year in September.

Microsoft introduced the Fall Creators Update alongside new development tools created to help application makers take advantage of the cross-device features. A new feature called "Timeline" will provide users with "a visual timeline that displays what you what you were doing [and] when", which allows users to quickly pick up on an existing project. It will include a "pick up where you left off" feature to allow users to get straight back to whatever they were working with on a different device.

Notable bugs include the persistent issue with Surface Pro 3 devices failing to update if an SD card is inserted; the inability to log in to Facebook, Instagram, or Messenger via their respective apps; and the Windows Defender Application Guard failing to work on touch-enabled PCs.

"Imagine logging off your PC and having the doc you were editing pop up on your phone", Myerson said.

Download Windows 10 SDK Preview Build 16190 here.

Last week at the education event in NYC, Microsoft confirmed that Spotify would be coming to the Windows Store via the Desktop Bridge and today we learned that Autodesk will bring their Stingray game engine and real-time rendering software as a UWP app to the Windows Store and it will support Windows Mixed Reality.

While the ability to automatically select, trim and create videos and incorporate them into themes with editable storyboards isn't new, nor is the ability to change music or sync to beats. When you select a given file from the picker, it will automatically download and open in the app - like a local file would. Microsoft also announced it is working with SUSE Linux and Fedora Linux running on the Windows Subsystem for Linux to bring them to the Windows Store. "If a cross-platform app is available, we'll help the user get it installed", he said.

As a nod to creativity, the Fall Creators Update will contain a new creative app that will let you build stories from your photos and videos, combining them with a soundtrack and transitions.

That price is far more affordable than what Microsoft has been charging for another mixed reality headset called the HoloLens.

Microsoft plans to introduce a new headset and motion controller in time for the holiday season.

Microsoft hasn't rolled out all of the new features at Build 2017 so we can expect more features to be unveiled during the summer.