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

12 Mai 2017

Big graphics on the screens showed Surface computers lined up side by side with iPhones. That means Android users will have these features way before iOS users.

Mr Myerson also announced that Apple's iTunes music store is to be made available on the Windows Store for the first time, and would include access to the Apple Music streaming service and full compatibility for the iPhone.

During the company's Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, Microsoft detailed the next major update headed to Windows. And it's not just about fortifying Windows. Announced at BUILD 2017 today, the Cupertino firm's media and iOS management software will be coming to Microsoft's download store. In one demo, the company demonstrated how an enterprise sales app could be extended to an iOS device so someone could continue capturing a potential client's data on a mobile device.

At the moment, the Windows Store is fairly limited: While it has a certain number of popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, Facebook, Instagram, and Uber, it's struggled to attract the lion's share of developers.

Microsoft has defined the Microsoft Graph as "an intelligent fabric that helps connect dots between people, conversations, projects, and content within the Microsoft cloud".

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However, the news comes just a few weeks after Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 S an education-focused flavor of Windows 10 distinguished by its ultra-tight control over application installation. Microsoft is making use of its SwiftKey acquisition to bring this clipboard functionality directly to the keyboard on these devices, so any app will support it.

Even better is that the Microsoft OneDrive Files On-Demand feature will allow you to use the Windows file picker to open and view files that are both on your desktop and in the Windows Store.

The team is also working on XAML Standard, a version of the interface markup language that's created to span iOS, Android, and the Universal Windows Platform. But a year ago, the company conceded that the objective was unreachable under the self-imposed time limit. You could argue that many of these new features are inspired by Apple's macOS, but Microsoft isn't trying to lock you into its ecosystem to make use of them.

The software maker is embracing more fully the notion that customers use multiple devices and that many, particularly the mobile gadgets, don't run Windows. This time around, however, the company has recognized that it's important to have an official name for the style that it can talk about and describe, giving us "Microsoft Fluent Design System". The company announced this week that iTunes, Autodesk, and SAP Digital Boardroom will be coming to the Windows Store later this year.

In Windows 8.1, placeholders, also called smart files, let users see all their files stored on OneDrive, whether those files were stored on the device or not.