As Microsoft gets set to roll out the next major release of Windows 10, the company is also priming the pump for developers to take advantage of the latest new features coming to the OS -- 3D, mixed reality, improved natural language interaction with Cortana, enhanced inking capabilities and support for the new Surface Dial -- with this week's release of a new SDK.
Microsoft is set to start rolling out the latest Windows 10 upgrade, called "creators update, this coming Tuesday. It's the second major upgrade to Windows 10 since Microsoft launched it nearly two years ago. The first update came last summer with the release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and offered better stability and improved security. There are noteworthy additional security improvements in the creators update as well but Microsoft has a big stake in the new usability features to make it more attractive to end users.
The new creators update SDK, which was made available for download on Wednesday, includes a broad set of tooling for developers. In addition to the SDK, the download includes Visual Studio 2017 UWP Tooling. The Windows Store is also accepting applications built around the Windows 10 creators update. "We expect users to once again move rapidly to the latest and best version of Windows," said Kevin Gallo, Microsoft's corporate VP for Windows developers, in a post announcing the release of the creators update SDK. "For developers, this is the time to get ready for the next wave."
The SDK lets developers to create a new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app or build one with existing app code on Windows. Microsoft posted a list of new and improved features for developers as well as a list of new namespaces added to the Windows SDK.
A laundry list of new capabilities in the new SDK outlined by Microsoft includes:
Gallo pointed to other features in the SDK including APIs for the Surface Dial, "significant Bluetooth improvements with Bluetooth LE GATT Server, peripheral mode for easier discovery of Windows Devices and support for loosely coupled Bluetooth devices (those low energy devices that do not have to be explicitly paired)" and he pointed to the recently released Android SDK for Project Rome.
While Microsoft has emphasized that the creators update will allow users to generate new 3D images, the support for mixed reality headsets priced in the $300 range will test user interest in holograms. Microsoft also recently rolled out its Mixed Reality toolkit. Little is known about the release dates and other specifics around the various headsets in the pipeline, though Mashable's Lance Ulanoff yesterday was the first to publish a review of the forthcoming Acer Mixed Reality Headset.
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