It is happening right now in Seattle, United States, Build 2017, conference for developers of Microsoft. And, in a very surprising and fast announcement, the Redmond giant revealed that software beyond the unexpected will show up on the Windows Store by the end of the year. Yes, my friends, I'm talking about the iTunes.
iTunes is coming to the Windows Store by the end of this year. #MSBuild pic.twitter/WHM533S7Sv
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The unusual novelty because we already know very well the difficulty of Apple in dealing with software stores that are not managed by itself: to put your first application (no, Move to iOS in the account) on the Google Play Store, Apple Music, it took months of adjustments and preparations. And other apps that could benefit from expanding its reach, like iMessage, remain restricted to Apple's own store.
For its part, Microsoft has placed very demanding restrictions on applications to be offered in the Windows Store, which has already led Google, for example, to give up making Chrome available altogether, since browsers in the store must necessarily use the search engine. rendering of Microsoft Edge. Still, Microsoft says that the iTunes offered at its store will be exactly the same as the standard for Windows that can be downloaded from the Apple website.
Those who receive the news with open arms, of course, are users of the Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S, which, as is well known, will only run applications from their official store. Although, considering the current state of iTunes, there may not be so many reasons to celebrate
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On a related note, Microsoft announced a new update for Windows 10 at Build 2017, and we can see a certain amount of inspiration in features introduced by macOS in recent years. The call Fall Creators Update its main focus is integration between devices and easy access to your files in the cloud in this case, through Microsoft's own service, OneDrive.
Four features in particular lead the upgrade. THE Timeline allows you to view applications and desktops from other devices on the screen Task View (the “Windows Mission Control”, if you will allow me); already the function Pick Up Where You Left Off (return from where you left off), as the name implies, Microsoft's equivalent to Handoff of Ma's devices.
The resource Clipboard, in turn, is nothing more than a transfer area in the cloud that works between Windows, iOS and Android devices (surpassing Apple's Universal Transfer area, which is restricted to its ecosystem). Finally, the OneDrive Files On-Demand allows the user to interact with files from the cloud without having to download them.
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be available, as expected, in the autumn of the northern hemisphere (spring, here), and will be free for all users of the system. Other features, Microsoft promises, will be revealed before its debut. Evolution is striding, isn't it?
(via The Verge: 1, 2)