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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: Best Business Features

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Microsoft announced the release of its new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in May 2017. Starting this September, your OS is getting a bit of a facelift. There are lots of new features rolling out in the next Windows 10, but here we're focusing on the tools that will be most applicable to entrepreneurs like you.

Easier set up

The Windows AutoPilot Deployment Program and Windows AutoPilot both hope to improve the provisioning and deployment of Windows 10. The Deployment Program is primarily for OEMs, distributors and resellers, which will allow them to provide users with fully business-ready machines by adding Azure Active Directory, Intune mobile device management and Office 365 ProPlus apps. Enrolling your company in the AutoPilot program makes it simple to track, configure and set up employees computers. 

Creative pros are going to be psyched

If you're a creative professional, or just an artist at heart, you're going to enjoy the new Windows 10 and its Fluent Design System. The reimagined OS looks a lot more modern than its predecessor and gives you greater control over how you interact with your PC. In the new Windows 10, you won't just be looking at a flat surface filled with two-dimensional boxes; you'll be able to change your POV and move around the objects on your screen. Light will illuminate your cursor and your menus, and you can use your pen to scroll, draw and write to your heart's content.  

Staying productive will be easier

Lots of entrepreneurs are already big fans of Cortana, but once the new improvements to Windows 10 go live, the virtual assistant will get even better. There's a new feature coming out with the next OS version called Windows Timeline, and it's an awesome productivity tool. When you look at Windows Timeline, you'll see lots of little cards under each date, showing you exactly what you worked on that day. If you click on one of them, it'll take you back to where you left off. 

You can combine the great Windows Timeline tool with Cortana by enabling a function aptly named Pick Up Where You Left Off. If you do that, you can switch between all your devices while staying on task. So, for example, you could start an email on your phone, walk into your office, open your laptop and finish the email on your computer. Anything you do, from data entry in spreadsheets to streaming music, will be stored in Timeline, so you'll be totally free to work on whatever device you have handy. You can even have Cortana remind you to continue different tasks later.

Managing your files will be seamless

Are you sick of having lots of different files floating around on various devices? Well, the new OneDrive Files on Demand is aiming to change all that. By utilizing Microsoft Graph, Windows 10 will gather all your activities and files under the same unified cloud for easy access. The system will also manage your storage for you and make informed decisions about what should be stored on your hard drive and what should stay in the cloud. 

The other major convenience coming out with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is the ability to use the new Cloud Clipboard to share things between different devices. Say goodbye to emailing yourself a photo from your phone – just pop it in the Cloud Clipboard, open your laptop, and there it will be.

You'll become an overnight filmmaker 

If you've ever thought about posting videos online to promote your business but felt like you lacked the editing skills to pull it off, you're going to love Story Remix. Imagine you have a company event, like a trade show. You take a bunch of short videos on your phone of people setting up the booth, meeting potential clients, testing products and maybe even going out together. Then you add in a few random photos you took of your team. Now, just put all of that into Story Remix, and in seconds it will create a video for you that looks like it was edited by someone who knew their stuff. You can even add in fun special effects, create a title page, add credits and layer music on top of it all without any film editing know-how. 

The Windows Store is getting better

In addition to changes to the OS, the new release of Windows 10 will be accompanied by a better variety of apps in the Windows Store. The most notable new additions will be iTunes, SAP Mobile, Ubuntu, Spotify and Autodesk. 

Mona Bushnell

Mona Bushnell is a New York City-based Staff Writer for Tom’s IT Pro, Business.com and Business News Daily. She has a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and has previously worked as an IT Technician, a Copywriter, a Software Administrator, a Scheduling Manager and an Editorial Writer. Mona began freelance writing full-time in 2014 and joined the Purch team in 2017.