Microsoft's new cloud clipboard lets users copy and paste between devices

Yolanda Curtis
May 27, 2017

Microsoft announced the news in Redmond, Wash. during its annual Build conference for developers. The updates will be packaged in what the company is calling the Fall Creators Update and are expected to roll out later this year. Confusingly, Microsoft has chose to keep a very similar name for the forthcoming update. Sure, Microsoft had to pester and annoy many people to upgrade, but now there are that many more users who will get the newly announced Fall Creators Update.

Big news for Microsoft fans!

The updates due in September will see the introduction of several new features including a new design language, a unified and responsive experience for users, new applications, and letting users work quickly and seamlessly from any device, whether Windows, iOS and Android.

It's worth noting that developers will be able to run all these Linux distributions inside of Windows 10.

It has also been confirmed that the app that will be listed on the Windows Store is going to have full iPhone support.

It seems a little bit like a live version of Apple's Time Machine back up system. So you can catch up the sessions on your device from where you left off. Applications can use an Activities API to capture the user's task on the home device, and use XAML to continue the user's activity in the new UI. Like the Clipboard feature, Microsoft will hope third-party developers enable these experiences within their mobile apps. "You can also create mixed reality by adding 3D objects to your photos and videos to tell stories in a whole new way or turn your photos and videos into your canvas, drawing on them with Windows Ink". Clipboard syncs your clipboard content across devices over the cloud, allowing you to copy on one device and paste on another. All files will be viewable from the File Explorer regardless of whether they're stored in the cloud or on the device.

A member of Cirque du Soleil demonstrates use of Microsoft's HoloLens device in helping to virtually design a set at the Microsoft Build 2017 developers conference, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Seattle.

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