Microsoft had a lot to showcase at this year’s annual developers conference, from the first Cortana-powered smart speaker to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. This year’s Build conference heavily focused on artificial intelligence, machine learning and mixed reality. Here’s the look at the most important announcements from the event.Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, The next Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is coming later this year, and it’s got a ton of new features. A cloud-powered Clipboard, which will allow users to enable copy and pasting between Windows 10, iOS and Android devices. “Pick Up Where You Left” will allow users to continue to work on a number of different devices. Then there’s something called the “OneDrive Files On-Demand”, which basically makes it easier to access cloud documents locally. During his keynote, CEO Satya Nadella also announced 500 million devices run Windows 10, a key milestone.Cortana goes beyond PCs and smartphones, Microsoft continues to bet on Cortana voice-assistant. Which is why Microsoft is opening its AI-based voice assistant to third-party developers. The company launched a Cortana Skills Kit, which basically gave developers the ability to create skills — or even port existing Amazon Alexa skills. The Redmond-based company also revealed Cortana is being used across 141 million monthly active devices. Speaking on smart home speaker, Harman Kardon isn’t the only manufacturer working on its own Cortana-based speaker. HP will bring a voice-activated intelligent speaker that will run Cortana this year.iTunes is coming to the Windows store, In one of the biggest surprises of the show, iTunes is finally coming to the Windows store by the end of the year. This is a big win for Microsoft. So users need not to visit Apple’s website to download iTunes. All they have to visit the Windows store and download the official iTunes app.
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