Move over Windows 10 S, Microsoft is all geared up to host its annual developer’s conference on May 10 when CEO Satya Nadella will lay down his vision for Windows OS along with announcing some interesting new developments across the portfolio. The Microsoft Build annual developer conference kicks off tomorrow in Seattle at 8AM (8:30PM IST). With just a day for the event to begin, we bring to you a roundup of all the secret progress, new features, and products Microsoft may have up its sleeve. Also Read - Windows 11 could be a free upgrade for you provided you fall in this category
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Microsoft s most important and loved product Windows is set to get some brand new features which will be announced at Build 2017. Keeping with the tradition of announcing major updates every six months, the conference serves as the opportunity for Microsoft to formally declare the name of the next big update to Windows 10. The last Windows 10 Creators Update was internally referred to as Redstone 2 and hence, popular speculations side Redstone 3 as the moniker. Also Read - Windows 11 leaked online: Centralised start menu, revamped UI, new widgets, here's what to expect
Keeping the technicalities out, the next major update to Windows 10 or Redstone 3 is expected to improve the battery efficiency, introduce new features for Edge browser, and also boast a radical user interface. If we look at past reports, there seems to be an addition of a My People social feature which will allow users to pin their favorite contacts on the taskbar for easy access for conversations, emails, etc. It will further allow users to share files directly, collaborate and connect seamlessly. ALSO READ: Microsoft Build 2017: From Cortana to Bots, here s what we expect this year
New Project NEON UI
Talking about the new user interface; the Windows 10 Redstone 3 version is expected to boast Project NEON design which is the company s sleek, new redesigned UI for the operating system. Based on past leaks, the interface will offer a more fluid experience with greater transparency, smoother animations, and modern iconography.
The overall interface does look a lot inspired by Google s aesthetically pleasing Material Design. Additionally, the neater appearance blurs the line between a computer OS and a mobile interface. With hardware like Windows Continuum, and Samsung s DeX for the Galaxy S8 already available, a future where these defining lines blur will be no surprise. ALSO READ: Windows 10 S vs Windows 10: Here is what s different and all you need to know about the newest OS on the block
Indeed, the new Redstone 3 update will only be detailed at the Build 2017 conference and beta users will get to test it before the official launch this Fall.
Something on Windows 10 S
It was only last week that Microsoft announced the new lightweight Windows 10 S operating system which seeks to take on the Google Chrome OS. However, details on the new OS are still scarce and at Build 2017, Microsoft could chalk down the date when beta users could soak their hands and test out the OS, along with something on the wider roll-out of the software update.
One of the key highlights of the Windows 10 S operating system is that it has been crafted with education in the mind. Given this, we can hope the company announces new ways for developers to craft apps optimized for the platform.
Furthermore, we can hear a word or two about Microsoft s plans of bringing full versions of Office onto Windows Store in Windows 10 S. There could be an announcement surrounding the suite s availability along with something on the developer tools for integration and more features.
Making the Windows Store more happening
Whether you accept or not, Windows Store is not as charming a place to be and does not come to the mind of the user every time they want to install a new app. What Microsoft could be looking at is making the Windows Store a place to not only get the latest apps from but also for Windows apps which users look forward to purchasing.
The company announced the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) tool for developers which allows them to create one single app compatible across multiple platforms like smartphones, tablets, PCs and gaming consoles. While it threatens the developers of legacy Win32 apps, if Microsoft makes the Windows Store free-for-all where even legacy Windows apps can be found then developers are unlikely to mind the new UWP tool. ALSO READ: Microsoft Windows 10 S: Redmond s new low cost OS that caters to education
With the mobile-first generation, developers are focusing on mobile OS compatible apps. In order to make them invest in Windows Store, Microsoft might use the event as an opportunity to announce new UWP features, tools, incentives, etc. to bring more attention to its stagnant product. It is also highly probable that Microsoft explores UWP gaming in depth.
Machine learning is the new keyword for 2017 and Microsoft is expected to talk in detail about the new Google Home and Amazon Echo competitor. The ‘Invoke’ speaker, launched yesterday, has been made by Harman Kardon and brings Cortana s artificial intelligence in your living rooms. It can control IoT devices, set reminders, play music, in addition to making a Skype call.
While the entry of the Cortana-powered Invoke speaker is a tad late in the home speaker segment, it is expected that Microsoft will talk more about the specification and also detail its Cortana Skill Set tool for developers to build for the assistant.
It s a mixed reality
At the recently concluded EDU event, Microsoft launched an app called the View Mixed Reality that allows users of Windows 10 device to leverage the power of augmented reality. Microsoft s ambitious project using the mixed reality technology with HoloLens is well-known too. At the Build 2017, we can expect Microsoft to detail more about its anticipated HoloLens along with how developers can create mixed reality apps to go with the headset. ALSO READ: Microsoft unveils View Mixed Reality app that will support augmented reality on any Windows 10 device
In addition to focusing primarily on Windows and mixed reality, Microsoft can also detail its long-awaited Surface Phone along with its Azure cloud computing platform. It is expected that edge computing or data focused computing will be one of the key highlights to be discussed at the conference.
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