Microsoft held a special late-fall event in New York on Wednesday.
The company announced the latest version of Windows 10, called Creators Update, and a Surface Book hardware update. Microsoft also unveiled an all-in-one desktop PC, dubbed the Surface Studio, that includes the Dial input accessory.
If you missed out on the live stream, here's everything you need to know:
- Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group, announced the new Windows 10 "Creators Update" that includes 4K game streaming and augmented-reality features. It will be free for all users in the second quarter of 2017.
- The new Surface Book i7 laptop has a Core i7 processor, a redesigned thermal system with a second fan and 30 percent more battery life for 16 total hours. Preorders are available now, and it'll ship in November for $2,399.
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- Microsoft Surface Studio is a brand new $2,999 all-in-one desktop PC with a 20-degree folding hinge, forged aluminum chassis, a 28-inch, 1.3mm thick touchscreen LCD Gorilla Glass display, an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 2.1 surround-sound speakers, a 2TB HD and Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M graphics.
- Surface Studio also features the new Surface Dial input accessory (sold separately) with haptic feedback, shown above. Priced at $99.99 and available on November 10, the dial can scroll, adjust volume, manipulate drawing tools, access shortcuts and manipulate 3D creations.
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- Promoting "3D for everyone," Windows 10 Creator Update enables users to capture images using any device and manipulate it in the new Paint 3D software.
- Remix3D.com is a new online community for people to share and discover other users' original 3D creations, including objects made for Minecraft. In fact, you can now export creations directly from the game and also 3D-print them from the site.
- In a mixed-reality demo, Taj Reid of the Experience Design team showed how to use the Microsoft Edge browser and a Hololens headset to bring 3D to life. HoloTour on Windows 10 makes 360-degree virtual vacations fully interactive.
- HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer will all be shipping virtual reality headsets with six "degrees of freedom" sensors. And unlike the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, prices will start at $299.
- The Creators Update features a new game broadcasting service called Beam that has social features and an interactive chat to let spectators suggest the next move.
- eSports players can create custom tournaments using Arena on Xbox Live, which will take care of administrative work like tracking gameplay and announcing the winner.
- Bitstream audio pass-through technologies including Dolby Atmos is coming to the Blu-ray player on the new Xbox One S console.
- The company showed off simplified sharing features in the new OS, things like drag-and-drop rich media, cross-hardware messaging and "Shoulder Taps," which are little graphic icons to help you express yourself on the desktop.
- Early builds of the Windows 10 Creators Update will be released this week to everyone in the Windows Insider program.