Microsoft’s keynote at IFA in Berlin – one of the world’s largest trade shows for consumer electronics – saw plenty of news for tech fans to sink their teeth into.
This week has already been a busy one for the company. On Monday, more details were shared surrounding Windows Mixed Reality headsets, followed by the announcement of an exciting collaboration between Cortana and Alexa on Windows 10.
Windows 10 Creators Update
Today’s keynote focused revealed that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be available worldwide on October 17– a date which will also see the release of the previously announced Mixed Reality Headsets.
This marks the fourth major update to Windows 10, and it brings with it a whole host of features to ensure that anyone can express their creativity.
For starters, Windows Inking is better than ever, allowing you to annotate PDFs to make sharing comments easier. Smart Ink also uses AI to automatically create shapes and tables based on your doodles, and an all new Windows Find my Pen feature lets you track down your Pen if it’s fallen down the side of the couch.
Other new features in the update include a revamped Photos app which can deliver remixed experiences for telling your stories with photos, videos, music, 3D and inking, while OneDrive Files On-Demand allows you to access cloud files like any other file on your PC, without eating into your local storage space.
Gaming also makes up a large part of the update thanks to Game Mode, which allows your games to use the full processing power of your device as if it were an Xbox console, at the click of a button on the new Game bar.
Security, which is now more important than ever, also gets a boost in the form of an updated Windows Defender, powered by cloud intelligence that provides new defences against ransomware and exploits.
Accessibility has also been updated, with an incredible new Eye Control feature which uses eye-tracking technology that lets you type and use a mouse using nothing but your eyes.
New Windows 10 S laptop
In addition to announcing various PCs and gaming PCs, Microsoft also revealed another laptop which will be joining the Surface Laptop in running the secure and accessible Windows 10 S right out of the box.
The Fujitsu Lifebook P727 with Windows 10 S is a 2-in-1 designed especially for students who need a powerful and secure device on which they can use Windows Ink and the included Active Stylus to take notes, create diagrams and the keyboard to write essays and reports. A dead battery isn’t a problem either, as its batteries can be swapped while it’s in Standby mode.
Check out the official Windows Blog post for all the Microsoft news from IFA.