Windows 10 update aims to help identify best photos, videos

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The VP of Windows Developer Platform at Microsoft told TechCrunch that the company wanted to build a system that would help developers write more "delightful" applications with layers and animation.

Called the Fluent Design System this element it's created to "fosters harmony across devices and platforms" claims Microsoft. Microsoft has uploaded an intriguing video of this sleek new style, and it looks to be a huge departure from its current Metro UI aesthetic. This may not sound like a big deal, but think about the fact that iTunes is one of the most frequently searched apps on the Windows Store and it has never been listed there. Somehow, it is a bit similar to what Google raised with Material Design at the level of adaptability to different devices and other similar things. There are other parallels, too.

Microsoft officially announced the new Fluent Design Language codenamed Project NEON. Part of that is the use of depth, which brings back some of the transparency that was lost in recent iterations. As name suggests, it provides a timeline of tasks that a user was doing previously.

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There will also be more connectivity between platforms, the central announcement for this point came when Microsoft announced that iTunes would finally be launching on the Windows Store. Few features that would accompany the new update are the Timeline feature, "Pick Up Where You Left Off", Clipboard and OneDrive Files On Demand. This works out because instead of needing to sync and share those files on every single device for team collaboration, everything will be done automatically.

Also, Microsoft noted UI sharing is hard, as XAML syntax is different between UWP and Xamarin.Forms.

Another question is timing: Microsoft said that iTunes would arrive in the Store "later this year", but hopefully that doesn't mean "late this year", as in "after the release of the Fall Creators Update".

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At the Build event in Seattle this week, Microsoft also announced it will be adding some tweaks for the OneDrive application.

Until now, Windows 10 was continuing a tweaked version of the Windows 98 layout. Content copied on your PC can be instantly available on other devices, including smartphones. It reminds us a lot of Apple's new Clips app.

This one was first announced for the original Creators Update that launched last summer, but didn't make it into the final version.

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