Windows 10 update aims to help identify best photos, videos

That being said, what the Fall Creators Update represents is fairly major.

The next Windows 10 operating system update, due later this year, includes several new features to help business users get work done faster and easier.

Microsoft has announced its next major Windows 10 update.

"Story Remix brings your memories, or even your friends' photos and videos together to create stories with a soundtrack, theme, and cinematic transitions".

Does this mean you're more likely to grab the Surface Laptop or another Windows 10 S device? "For developers, Fluent Design is built to help you create more expressive and engaging apps that work across a wide range of device and input diversity". It will facilitate the creation of applications adapting to different screen sizes. For example, if a worker closes out of a PDF and walks away from their desk, Cortana will recommend they open that PDF when the user goes on their phone. Speaking on smart home speaker, Harman Kardon isn't the only manufacturer working on its own Cortana-based speaker.

The design change, known as the Microsoft Fluent Design System, will focus on emphasizing elements like light, motion, depth, and texture within Windows. The company has already started converting some of its apps to this new design, in an attempt to shift from its previous Metro user interface. The changes will be introduced gradually: some applications will get them in the next updates, and the entire operating system is waiting for the redesign in the autumn.

Apple has always been confident in its own ecosystem, which is why it probably isn't anxious about Microsoft rolling out these features. The feature displays a history of apps and documents the user most recently worked in.

Timeline is a new twist that lets people rewind their now running Windows session to a previous checkpoint, letting them scroll through a history of open apps and documents and "seamlessly" restore it on demand.

Alongside the design overhaul, Microsoft is also updating the way digital pens interact with Windows, with the aim of allowing users to interact with the OS just using a pen, according to Belfiore. You also will need to enable Microsoft OneDrive on your iOS device for iMessage.

[Click on image for larger view.] In the upcoming Fall Creators Update, Cortana will ask users if they want to pick where they left off. You will first have to flip the switch to support Linux in the developer mode under the settings menu. I could save it now ... and pick it up on my iPad automatically.

The company opened the Build Conference by highlighting programs with artificial intelligence that could tap into services in the internet "cloud" and even take advantage of computing power in nearby machines. The main focus of the update is on cross-device experiences.

Microsoft has also revived an old OneDrive feature, giving you the ability to access all your files in the cloud without having to download them.

When it comes to what the offline access and features do, as you can probably guess, it lets you save your files to your mobile device.

Microsoft is going to release an update later this year.

Microsoft is bringing OneDrive Placeholders with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.