- Microsoft unveiled the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update during its developer conference on Thursday
- Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be available later this year
- New features include user interface changes, a new option called "Timeline" and changes to the Cortana personal assistant.
Microsoft just announced the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, the company's next big refresh of its Windows 10 operating system.
Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of the Windows and devices group, revealed the update during Day Two of Microsoft's Build developer conference on Thursday. The refresh follows Microsoft's first Creators Update, which started rolling out to Windows machines last month.
Myerson highlighted several new features coming to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. 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. That means you can start work on a computer, for example, and then pick up where you left off if you switch machines.
The personal assistant Cortana will also understand what you're working on across different machines, whether it's a phone or your computer. "Imagine logging off your PC and having the doc you were editing pop up on your phone," Myerson said. "Cortana asks if you want to pick up where you left off in your app, doc or website. It's like having your PC and your phone finish each other's sentences." This feature, again, lets you work on a document on a smartphone while riding the train to work, for example, and then pick up right where you left off when you boot up your computer at work.
Other changes include tweaks to OneDrive for on-demand file access and a new clipboard that allows you to copy content on one device and paste it on another. The latter is a function that Apple already offers users through a feature called "Universal Clipboard."
Myerson added that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will also look different, thanks to what Microsoft is calling a "Fluent Design System" that will create a common user interface across devices.
The Fall Creators Update will be available later this year, Myerson said.