Microsoft’s best app yet should run on its own phones

At Build 2017 Microsoft gave us plenty to be excited about, including the next big update for Windows 10 and a pair of Mixed Reality controllers , but one conspicuous omission was any talk of Windows 10 Mobile . Despite the complete absence of Microsoft’s smartphone platform, it may well have released the best smartphone app yet.

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Windows Story Remix might be the linchpin of the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, but in many ways it reminds us of numerous other mobile apps. The basic functionality of the app pulls together all of your images and video – stored both on a Windows 10 device or OneDrive – and automatically stitches them together into short videos. 

It’s a feature we’ve seen in other apps like Apple Clips, Facebook Moments, and even as far back as the HTC One M7 ’s Zoe feature.

Microsoft Story Remix leverages Microsoft strenght in AI-driven face recognition

Other element seems familiar too. We’ve seen collaboration done well in the Cluster app, while Strum transforms video clips into short music videos. That’s not to say Microsoft isn’t doing anything new or better with Story Remix, and the fact that it has squeezed all of this functionality into a single app is an impressive feat. 

The Redmond company’s long history with cognitive vision could mean you’ll never have to tag your friends and family another image. On stage, the software maker also demonstrated how users could easily change the focus of the video by clicking on another person to be its star.

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