At the Windows 10 Event on Wednesday Oct. 26th in New York City, Microosft made a slew of announcements like "new Surface Studio, Surface Dial, Surface Book i7," as well as Windows 10 Creators Update, which includes the most powerful and affordable way to experience mixed reality.
In addition, how to bring your ideas to life with Paint 3D, a new 3D art studio unveiled, and much more.
Microsoft said that it's built Windows 10 to be the best platform for gaming, including 4K gaming.
Also, gamer-created tournaments are coming to Arena on Xbox Live, that allow gamers to easily set up their tournament style, inviting friends and tracking tournament progress seamlessly across their devices, whether it's on Xbox One or Windows 10. Arena on Xbox Live is now available in preview.
Plus, with new features like Clubs, Looking for Group and Arena on Xbox Live, and cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, we make it easier than ever to connect with people who have shared interests and have fun together on Xbox Live.
In the Creators Update, gamers can look forward to:
- Built-in game broadcasting
- Microsoft is integrating Beam into Windows 10 with the Creators Update, including support on the Xbox One. The company acquired Beam earlier this year
- Custom tournaments
- Gamers will soon have the ability to create custom tournaments through the Arena feature on Xbox Live
- Audio improvements. Bitstream audio passthrough support for Blu-Ray on Xbox One S, including Dolby Atmos
Microsoft also introduced 'Paint 3D,' as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update, that will be available for free to "400 million (100 million monthly) Windows 10," writes Microsoft.
This new 3D art studio in Windows 10 makes it easy to capture, create and share in 3D with the online community Remix 3D, connecting creators and creations all over the world.
Microsoft notes, Remix 3D will enable all-new scenarios for creators, including the ability for Minecraft players to share their 3-D creations broadly with Remix 3D community.
In addition, Microsoft is also adding support for 3-D in Word, Excel and PowerPoint over the next year, which means "Office features will work seamlessly with 3-D models." This will be available with the Windows 10 Creators Update.
Microsoft with Trimble bringing the 3-D modeling program "Sketchup" along with millions of creators and creations from 3D Warehouse to Remix3D.com.
Those interested can start with Paint 3D today with Windows Insider Program.
Microsoft also shared its aspiration to empower a new wave of creativity with the introduction of "Surface Studio" and "Surface Dial," and a new "Surface Book" and more.
Surface Book, the 'ultimate laptop' is targeted to empower the powerhungry users, as it features 6th gen Intel Core i7m, is redesigned from the inside out for even better performance, packs twice the graphic power, plus 16 hours of battery life.
The device will be available for pre-order for $2,399 starting today and shipment will start in November.
"This product brings your ideas to life," Microsoft's Panos Panay said on stage referring to the "Surface Studio."
"Surface Book with Performance Base lets engineers spin 3-D CAD models with thousands of parts, designers and developers can render large files quickly, and gamers can play more of their favorite games," Panay said.
Key specs of the device include:
28-inch PixelSense touchscreen with 3:2 aspect ratio
- Up to quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (6th-generation 'Skylake')
- up to 32GB RAM
- up to 2TB 'rapid hybrid drive'
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics
- HD webcam
- Audio port
- SD card slot
- Mini DisplayPort
- Ethernet port
- 4 USB 3.0 ports
- Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Surface Book with Performance Base starts at $2,399 ERP USD.
Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC at just 12.5mm is the thinnest ever built, with unprecedented color precision. It includes the ability to switch the color gamut on the fly. It also supports a 'True Scale' feature, so that what you see on screen can be shown at its precise real-life size.
"A 28-inch PixelSense Display with 13.5 million pixels of pure, true-to-life color, and the Zero Gravity Hinge allows the screen to effortlessly adjust to each stage of the creative process," Microsoft said. Adding, "when the screen transitions from Desktop Mode to Studio Mode, it sits at a 20-degree angle."
The Surface Studio also features 6th Generation Intel Core CPU and a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GPU. It includes a linear microphone array and, of course, Windows Hello support, which allows users to log in using facial recognition.
That's particularly important given that the Surface Studio includes support for the Surface Pen, so that users can easily write directly onto the display, and so that artists can draw onto the screen.
The Surface Studio, launching on December 15, will be available "in limited quantities" this holiday, says Microsoft. It can be pre-order today:
Surface Studio is available to pre-order today:
- Intel Core i5 / 8GB RAM / 2GB GPU / 1TB storage | $2,999
- Intel Core i7 / 16GB RAM / 2GB GPU / 1TB storage | $3,499
- Intel Core i7 / 32GB RAM / 4GB GPU / 2TB storage | $4,199
"Those who pre-order the Surface Studio will get the Dial free."
Surface Dial, a new peripheral for the creative process—integrates well with Windows 10 and Surface for more faster and intuitive way to scroll, zoom, and navigate.
Push down on the Dial on your desk and a contextual radial menu pops up on the display. Rotate the dial for context-sensitive interactions, such as quickly scrolling through pages.
Even more intriguing, the Surface Dial can be used as an interaction device on the display itself. Just place the Dial directly on the screen, and "a set of digital tools specific to the app that is open pops-up", allowing people to more seamlessly move through their workflow.
The combination of Dial, pen and touch creates a more immersive and tactile way for people to create in digital environments.
Surface Dial is available for pre-order today in the U.S. for $99 ERP USD starting Nov. 10.
In addition, Microsoft also quietly introduced three new peripherals:
Surface Mouse, at $49.99, looks rather a lot like Microsoft's Designer Bluetooth Mouse, albeit include a longer wireless range up to 50 feet, and twice the battery life of up to 12 months.
New Surface Keyboard, a reloaded version of Designer Bluetooth Keyboard, also benefits from increased wireless range.
Also launched is a new Surface Ergonomic Keyboard, similar to Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard, but features an integrated numberpad, as well as two Windows keys, along with a new Fn key towards the bottom left.
All three of the new Surface peripherals are available to pre-order now, ahead of their release on November 10.
Windows MyPeople now coming with the Windows 10 Creators Update, lets you 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.
Users can get unique notifications called "Shoulder Taps," from the most important people and easily open and see an integrated view of emails, IMs, shared documents and more, all in one place.
The Windows MyPeople experience will be integrated across Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps for easy sharing.
Microsoft also announced that HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS will ship the first VR headsets capable of mixed reality through the Creators Update.
These headsets will contain built-in sensors to enable inside-out, six-degrees of freedom for simplified setup and to more easily move around your home as you experience virtual worlds —no markers required, Microsoft said.
Coming in 2017, with Windows 10 Creators Update, the new VR headsets will work with affordable laptops and PCs. It start at just $299 ERP USD.
Less powerful VR accessories today start at over $500 ERP USD.
Windows Insiders will be able to preview the Windows 10 Creators Update through the Windows Insider Program at https://insider.Windows.com.
Watch all the products announced in the videos below: