At yesterday's Build 2017 event, Microsoft announced that the next major update to Windows 10, which is expected to be released in September 2017, has an official name. Previously known by its code name "Redstone 3", the release will be officially titled "Windows 10 Fall Creators Update".
The name of the release is a bit confusing. While previously released feature updates had unique names, the "Creators Update" name is already used for the most recent stable version of Windows 10, which is version 1703. The upcoming release only has the "Fall" prefix appended to the title.
The Fall Creators Update looks promising. Key features announced during the Build 2017 event are as follows.
- A new design system, codenamed "Project NEON", now officially named "Microsoft Fluent Design System".
- The return of OneDrive Placeholders. With the placeholders feature, even if your files and folders were stored in the cloud only, it showed a placeholder in File Explorer instead. When the user accessed the "online" file or folder, it got downloaded first and was then available offline.
- Timeline feature for apps: this will display a list of tasks you did previously, so you can resume them faster even though you had closed those apps. It looks similar to Android's task switching.
- Clipboard syncing: a long awaited feature which will allow the user to sync the clipboard's contents across all of their devices. This is possible thanks to the new app, OneClip, which utilizes Microsoft's cloud infrastructure and requires a Microsoft account.
- Pick up where you left off: if you started some task on one device, you can continue doing the same on another Windows 10 device, even on your phone! This feature was expected in version 1703, but the final release (build 15063) comes without it. The Fall Creators Update is expected to finally include it.
- "Story Remix": a new version of the Photos app makes it easier to create and share your photos as videos with cinematic transitions, a soundtrack, and themes. It can be considered a Windows Movie Maker replacement or a reinvented version of Photo Story if you recall that old app from the Plus! Pack.
You can try some of these new features in Windows 10 build 16193.
What do you think about the upcoming release? Are you excited about these new features? Tell us in the comments.