Day one of Microsoft’s Build conference in Seattle was packed with talk of enterprise level databases, cloud computing and advanced machine learning that would leave mere mortals confused and angry. However, day two showed a new and exciting side, as Microsoft continues its march towards technology inclusiveness.
The new version of Windows 10 will be released later this year, and from the looks of things it will be visually impressive, and a massive leap forward in the merging of technologies.
Beginning with the visuals. CVP of Windows Joe Belfiore gave a demonstration of the new Fluent Design System, which is based on bringing gaming level graphics into everyday computing. He spoke of the importance of light, depth, and other elements that gaming developers take for granted, that Windows wants to introduce across the board in its apps. He also showed a few impressive examples of this, including a calendar that you move into, rather than scroll down. Microsoft is undoubtedly prioritising user experience over product, possibly for the first time in its history. Just as exciting visually, was Windows Story Remix, which will allow users to edit images and video with 3D and virtual reality elements included.
The most exciting announcement, however, was Microsoft Graph. Essentially ending years of Microsoft and Apple trying the best to stop users from merging devices, Graph will mean that users can start a project on their Surface Pro, and send it to their iPhone. Microsoft is trying to play nice with iOS, and enable users to choose the best technology – not just the one that will work seamlessly with their existing products.
Built into this is the series of features, one called, “Timeline,” which will show you a list of open documents across your surface pro, iPhone, and iPad, and allow you to access them from any device.
The response from Apple will be interesting, but it’s an extraordinary twist of fate that Microsoft has been the first to break down the walls of technological exclusivity.