Microsoft, in a bid to steal some of Apple's thunder, held an important press conference on October 26, 2016. They announced major updates to windows 10 in the near future, a new class of workstation computers and a new surface book (among other things). Here is the official Microsoft blog of the event and coverage of what was announced there.
Surface Studio turns your desk into a creative studio
Surface Studio is a new class of device that transforms from a workstation into a powerful digital canvas, unlocking a more natural and immersive way to create on the thinnest display ever built. With a 4.5k ultra HD screen, Surface Studio delivers 63 percent more pixels than a state-of-the-art 4k TV.
Surface Studio starts at $2,999 USD and is available for pre-order today.
Surface Dial - a new spin on creativity
Surface Dial is a new peripheral designed for the creative process. It integrates with Windows 10 to work with any Surface device for a faster and more intuitive way to scroll, zoom and navigate. The Dial also enables a set of unique experiences exclusive to Surface Studio.
The Surface Dial is available for pre-order today for $99 USD.
The most powerful Surface Book yet
We introduced Surface Book with Performance Base, making the most powerful laptop in its class even better.
The new Surface Book
The three new Surface Book models feature 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processors and pack more than twice the graphics processing power as the original Surface Book. Plus, it brings 16 hours of battery life* into the same sleek, versatile design people love.
Surface Book with Performance Base starts at $2,399 USD and is available for pre-order today.
The Windows 10 Creators Update
The Windows 10 Creators Update is coming as a free update in early 2017.
The Creators Update will enable anyone to create, share and experience in 3D and mixed reality, connect people faster to those they care about most and empower every gamer to be a broadcaster. And with the Creators Update, Microsoft Edge will be the first browser to bring 3D to the web.
3D for everyone
We introduced a new way to bring your ideas to life with Paint 3D, your new 3D art studio.
All-new Paint 3D user interface
We also introduced the new online community Remix3D.com, connecting creators and creations around the world. Remix 3D will enable all new scenarios for creators to share their 3D creations broadly with the Remix 3D community. Everyone is welcome to start creating and sharing in Paint 3D today by joining the Windows Insider Program atinsider.Windows.com. You can learn more about 3D in Windows 10 in this blog post and atRemix3D.com.
Office apps to support 3D models and add new inking features
The Windows 10 Creators Update is bringing new features to Office apps, including support for 3D models and new inking capabilities.
3D in Office
With PowerPoint on Windows 10, you will be able to add 3D models to bring your presentations to life and you will be able to change perspectives of 3D models by rotating in three dimensions and apply transitions like Morph to apply cinematic 3D animation. The new inking capabilities announced today in Office include Ink Editor in Word, which lets you use your digital pen intuitively to make changes directly in Word, making your pen a more powerful editing tool than ever. To learn more about these new features, visit the Office Blog.
Bringing mixed reality to people everywhere
Powerful and affordable virtual reality is coming to everyone with the Creators Update. HP, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS, and Acer will ship the first VR headsets capable of mixed reality with the Windows 10 Creators Update.
The Windows 10 Creators Update will be the most powerful and affordable way to experience mixed reality. Today we announced that HP, Lenovo, ASUS, Dell and Acer will ship the first VR headsets capable of mixed reality through the Creators Update. Coming in 2017, these accessories will contain built-in sensors to enable inside-out, six-degrees of freedom for simplified set-up and to more easily move around your home as you experience virtual worlds -- no markers required.
Every gamer becomes an in-game broadcaster
We're making it super easy for anyone to become a game broadcaster or watch live gameplay with Beam technology that we're building into Windows 10 and Xbox One, and we're adding custom, gamer-created tournaments to Arena on Xbox Live. So whether you're playing on Xbox One or a Windows 10 PC, Xbox is bringing every player together to play, compete, and broadcast. You can learn more about today's gaming news on Xbox Wire.
A faster way to connect and share with people who matter most
Windows MyPeople experience with the Windows 10 Creators Update
With the Windows 10 Creators Update, we are putting the people you care about most at the center of your experience -- right where they belong -- with Windows MyPeople. With MyPeople, you will be able to pin your favorite contacts to the Windows task bar, and easily drag and drop any document, photo or video right on top of the contact for easy sharing.
Stay tuned -- this is just the beginning
3D and mixed reality for everyone, in-game broadcasting and MyPeople are just some of the new experiences coming to the Windows 10 Creators Update in early 2017. Additional productivity, creativity, security and gaming features will also be included and announced soon so stay tuned!
*Surface Book with Performance Base features 16 hours of battery life for local video playback