Everything announced at Microsoft’s Windows 10 event

Microsoft held a special event today in New
York, where it detailed the upcoming Creator’s Update for Windows 10, and launched new hardware
including the Surface Studio all-in-one PC. There was big news in everything from VR,
to Microsoft Paint and gaming. So take a breath, because there’s lots to
cover. The Windows 10 Creator’s Update is set to
arrive sometime early in 2017, and will add a lot of improvements to Windows 10, including
Paint 3D, a new social layer called “My People,” Hololens and VR improvements and
a slew of new gaming features. Microsoft’s new version of Paint is called
“Paint 3D,” and supports easy creation of 3D images, using methods including Surface
Pen input. The app is built-in to Windows 10, and Microsoft
wants to use it to make 3D graphics creation accessible to everyone. The app lets you share to a variety of social
networks, and import the creations made others. A big part of Microsoft’s pitch today was
“3D for everyone,” which includes the creation of 3D content, sharing it and also
consuming it, both on traditional flat screens and in immersive environments including mixed
reality and virtual reality. 3D has long been a futurey buzzword so great
to see it coming back in style. HoloLens will be a big part of Microsoft’s
push to make 3D more of an everyday computing experience. We’ve seen HoloLens, Microsoft’s mixed
reality headset, before, but the company showed off a demo where you use Houzz to preview
how furniture will actually look when placed in your home. Microsoft also showed us virtual reality applications
in Windows, including HoloTour, a new app that lets you virtually visit distant locations. The immersive experience also includes a sense
of where you are in the space. A lot more Windows 10-compatible VR headsets
are on the way, including offerings from partners like Lenovo, Dell, HP and Asus. The new headsets will be priced as low as
$299, and will including built-in space sensors so that you don’t need any additional hardware
to achieve room-scale VR. On the gaming front, The Creator’s Update
will include built-in game broadcasting courtesy of Microsoft’s newly-acquired game streaming
company Beam. Beam’s streaming includes an interactive
element for observers, letting them suggest what a player does next, or directing players
to pay attention to the chat window, for instance. Gamers will also be able to make their own
tournaments, which means you can create your own timed events or set up your own fantasy
football-style leagues for whatever games you want. Finally in the gaming category, games will
support true Bitstream audio for Dolby Atmos encoding on Xbox One and compatible PCs, which
is huge for gamers who want the best possible audio quality on their hardware. Keeping folks constantly-connected, Windows
10 Creator’s Update will introduce a new persistent interface for connecting with the
people you talk to most called “My People.” It’ll let you communicate with contacts
quickly across multiple platforms, including Skype, email and more. This could get a lot more powerful with third-party
integrations and the addition of more Microsoft tools like LinkedIn. Now let’s talk hardware… The Surface Book, Microsoft’s hybrid tablet/notebook
device, didn’t get a visual update but it did get improved specs, including a big 30
percent boost to graphics performance and longer battery life. The biggest news of the day, however, was
probably the Surface Studio, a new all-in-one PC that combines a 28-inch, high resolution
PixelSense display with touch input, an adjustable base and a new controller devices called the
Surface Dial. The Surface Studio also supports Surface Pen
input, making it a very attractive option for creative professionals. Starting around $3,000, it’s available for
pre-order now, but likely won’t ship in any real volume until early next year. Overall, Microsoft is betting big on communication
and creativity. The company is putting 3D functionality front
and center for many of their core products and building hardware that backs these tools

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17 thoughts on “Everything announced at Microsoft’s Windows 10 event

  1. wow… apple wannabe? such creator, much design, very talent.. wow.

    Seriously though, I'm not sure how to feel about all the announcements.

  2. "Biggest news of the day"? Seems like the affordable VR to me, not an all-in-one PC! All-in-one PC's has been seen before, but the VR?!

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