Windows 10 update aims to help identify best photos, videos

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According to Microsoft, more than 500 million devices now run Windows 10.

Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive VP of the Windows and devices group, debuted the latest update today during Microsoft's Build developer conference.

The only bad news is that "Pick Up Where You Left Off" requires developers to build that capability into their apps - so while it seems likely that Microsoft's own Office apps will get it very quickly, it may be a while (if ever) until other popular apps work with the feature. "All of this is possible because of the Microsoft Graph, and the intelligent cloud".

With Timeline, you can jump back in time into files, apps and sites, using a visual timeline to help you navigate. With Clipboard, you can take a photo, map link, paragraph, even an animated GIF and then paste it on the other device-whether it be a phone or your PC.

Windows Story Remix, meanwhile, sounds like what Google already does with its Google Photos Assistant, stitching together photos into a slideshow, sometimes combining them with video. It will use the Microsoft Graph to connect users across devices.

Which isn't to say that Story Remix won't give you control over the videos you create with it. It lets users add elements of alternative reality to normal videos and uses artificial intelligence to edit videos automatically.

Microsoft also stated that iTunes is coming to the Windows Store by the end of this year. The Windows 10 Story Remix app will let you tweak and customize the creations, and add soundtracks and custom titles. There will also be new tools, controllers, and coding software to make developing apps a little easier.

While the ability to automatically select, trim and create videos and incorporate them into themes with editable storyboards isn't new, nor is the ability to change music or sync to beats. Microsoft is continually issuing new preview builds. A growing dependence on those mobile devices has reduced the role that Windows-powered PCs play in people's lives.

As you would expect, if you are not connected to the Internet, files stored in OneDrive that are not downloaded locally will be unavailable.

Microsoft has simplified the install of Ubuntu by bringing it to the Windows Store. Both those companies have helped undercut the popularity of PCs running on Windows.

Today, Cirque du Soleil announced how it is using Windows Mixed Reality to transform the way it imagines and create shows. They are expected to be shipped later this summer so developers can prepare new content for the Fall Creators Update release which should be in September.

Along with a name, we also got our first official look at the new design language that is set to roll out with the Fall Creators Update.

That price is far more affordable than what Microsoft has been charging for another mixed reality headset called the HoloLens.