Microsoft held its Windows 10 event Wednesday morning, and just as the company promised, it was focused on the future of Windows 10. Hardware took a backseat, and the next major Windows 10 update was front and center. Wednesday’s Redstone 2 previews will be released as the Windows 10 Creators Update in early 2017, and you can start getting your hands on the new bits by joining the Windows Insiders program.
But hardware wasn’t completely ignored. Microsoft also introduced the highly anticipated Surface All-in-One (AIO), dubbed the Surface Studio. The new desktop PC was both everything everyone expected, and a bit more. It’s the perfect stationary machine for any creative person, offering a superior screen and the ability to morph from a traditional upright AIO to a nicely angled drawing surface leveraging the Surface Pen. Microsoft also introduced the Surface Dial, a hockey puck controller that works on a desktop surface with other Surface devices and can be placed directly on the Surface Studio’s screen for even more enhanced input.
Below, we provide an overview of everything announced at Microsoft’s October 2016 event:
The first new tagline used at today’s event was “3D for Everyone,” the idea that Windows 10 Creator Update will incorporate 3D into your workflow in new and innovative ways. First up was a new version of Paint that will make creating 3D scenes easy for anyone, from children to adults. You’ll be able to use your smartphone’s camera to scan an object and convert it to a 3D image that can be imported into Paint and incorporated into other applications like Microsoft PowerPoint.
These 3D images will also be shareable via a new web site, Remix3D.com. This site will serve as another community specifically aimed at sharing 3D objects among real people.
The real purpose of the focus on 3D, however, seems to be to create an ever-growing gallery of objects for use with Microsoft’s HoloLens augmented reality solution. Windows 10 Creator Update, therefore, looks like it will be working hard to expand the use cases for HoloLens beyond the dry academic and scientific settings of today and make it useful for real people.
Finally, Microsoft made brief mention of upcoming OEM virtual reality systems that will support the Windows 10 Creator Update. Few details were provided on the new VR options, but they’ll be starting out at the relatively affordable price point of $299.