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Microsoft Announces New Updates for Windows 10 Coming This Year

March 14, 2018

Since its release in 2015, Windows 10 has seen numerous updates, with more to come. Many of the announced changes to the software will take place over the following months, with some improvements scheduled to take place early next year. For the most part, these changes seem beneficial to users, except for a few small updates which will cost home users extra to access all features. For a look at some of the latest changes from Microsoft, read on below.

New AI Capabilities for Windows 10

Most recently, Microsoft has announced upgrades to their AI capabilities through the introduction of a new platform called Windows ML. The ML update will be available sometime in spring and will be particularly useful to app developers.

Windows ML is focused on the advancement of Windows 10 application development, supporting a stronger platform through which to import pre-made learning models from other artificial intelligence bases and to use them on Window’s devices. This will impact loading times, playback of video and GIFs, as well as streamlining background processing.

In the past, the Windows AI platform has been used to implement facial recognition for desktop and laptop users running Window’s 10. This latest development will be supported by a larger variety of electronic devices and processors, including headsets and Intel’s Movidius VPU. Microsoft reportedly hopes that these changes will reduce the worry of old hardware impacting the way that new apps run due to learning model setup.

The Microsoft Build Conference, taking place this coming May, will include further announcements on the upcoming changes coming with Windows ML. Those interested in the new AI update will be able to sneak a peek through VSP 15.7, although the finished product will be released this year.

Windows 10 Launches New App Tabs

Using the code name Redstone 5, Microsoft has finally made the testing of their app tabs accessible to everybody through build 17618. The tabs can now be used by any Skip Ahead user through File Explorer. This comes after the feature received a popular vote by interested users who had previously been unable to access the test.

Tabs support will not only be supplied to File Explorer use, but other applications, including PowerShell, Notepad, Mail, OneNote, and Calendar; the tabs will extend to MSN News as well. The next update for Windows 10 will see many of these tabs released to the public, but the company has yet to confirm which features of the software will be supported during the release.

Windows S Mode Coming Next Year

Windows 10 S might not be considered new anymore, but Microsoft has announced a change that will take place next year as 10 S becomes S Mode. J. Belfiore, vice president of Microsoft, announced the plans officially on Twitter, explaining that the S mode will be a compilation of software versions, rather than a new version all its own.

The new update will be available for Pro, Home, and Enterprise users, and will make it impossible for users to run apps from anywhere within the Microsoft store. In the past, it was assumed that S mode would be able to be deactivated for users with Home versions of the software at no charge, but Microsoft will reportedly charge $49USD to those wishing to access all features of Windows 10 Pro.

Keylogging Addressed with New Privacy Controls

A new test build has been released to address user concerns regarding keylogging and other security and privacy issues. Like most software companies, Microsoft has been collecting data to improve auto-correct, auto-complete, and spell check, among other typing aids. To do this, Windows 10 has an active keylogging system. This has become a point of contention among users as they feel it is a violation of privacy. In fact, France went so far as to ban Microsoft from collecting such information from French citizens. The EU has also confirmed their distaste for the tracking procedures, suggesting that it was unjust.

The latest rollout of Windows 10 privacy updates will allow users to opt out of this data collection and turn off keylogging. The upgrades can expect to be seen sometime over the next few months, before the end of spring. The option will be offered in an easy to understand control screen with two choices to click. The privacy controls will see an addition of several pages as the updates take place.

Additionally, Windows is releasing a Diagnostic Data Viewer, which will provide users with a glimpse of which data is being collected and sent to servers. While the data is collected anonymously to improve and streamline the software, it is still a touchy subject for business and home users alike. This latest upgrade will prove helpful for those torn between switching to alternative software and sticking with Microsoft.

These new updates are only a few of the many to be seen over the next few years as Microsoft continues to expand. Being the leading operating system software expert in the United States and globally, users can be sure to see a continued stream of evolution from the tech giant. Many of these improvements are available for testing before their official release, offering developer and consumers the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and determine whether the changes will be beneficial, and how best to use them for the betterment of their computer experience. Some changes will only be available to PC users, while other changes are going to appear on any device capable of running Windows software.