Microsoft has kept its innovative game strong and is all set to launch a new update to Windows 10 users. It has been announced that this update will have a Mixed reality Flashlight feature and about 157 emojis to express yourself easily.
The Mixed Reality Flashlight feature allows users to look up at the real world along with their involvement in the virtual world. It is considered to be one of the biggest new features designed for Redstone 5. This opens a low-latency pass-through camera feed with your hold over it and allows you to look back into the physical environment without having to remove your virtual reality (VR) headset. “With the latest Windows Insider Program build, you can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command,” said by Senior Program Manager Brandon LeBlanc and Dona Sarkar in a blog post. This update is on the charts for testing and is speculated to make its debut sometime in the first half of 2019.
These emojis will include new superheroes, redheads, a softball, a pirate flag, and a llama. This set of emojis can be accessed using the Emoji Panel by pressing the Win + “.” key combination or using the touch keyboard. The Emoji Panel is temporarily available for more than 190 locales. Some tweaks are being made to the existing emoji characters so that it can be aligned with companies like Apple and Samsung.
This update presents itself in the form of an Insider preview build 17723 (Redstone 5). Windows Insiders who opted for the “Skip Ahead” will be provided with the build 10204 (19H1).
On a different scale, Redmond giant is another user consuming machine learning. It has started using ML to predict what the right time would be to update the systems so that the undesirable forced updates at a wrong time could be avoided. Models are being trained and tested. Microsoft claims that they are giving “promising results“. This is a very important aspect of rolling updates because users can have an ample amount of time to complete important tasks before starting to update their systems.
Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc added- “If you have an update pending we’ve updated our reboot logic to use a new system that is more adaptive and proactive. We trained a predictive model that can accurately predict when the right time to restart the device is. Meaning, that we will not only check if you are currently using your device before we restart, but we will also try to predict if you had just left the device to grab a cup of coffee and return shortly after.”
Recently, Windows maker leveraged AI (artificial intelligence) to rapidly speed up the April 2018 update for compatible systems.
While announcing the new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build, Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc wrote- “With the latest Windows Insider Program build, you can open a portal into your real world at any time via the Start menu, a button shortcut, or a voice command”.
Microsoft is now looking towards improvements on the model and has also opened up a feedback hub where valuable insights from early testers can be obtained.