Windows 10 Creators Update: You get 3D! Everyone gets 3D!

Available in the second quarter of next year, Microsoft promises the update will include mixed reality and 4K gaming.

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A free update to Windows 10, coming the first half of 2017, will bring 3D augmented reality features to Microsoft's operating system, as well as 4K video game streaming.

The company, which announced the "Creators Update" at a New York event Wednesday, said the update would include creativity tools including a 3D-enabled version of venerable graphics program Paint that will let you "print" directly to Facebook.

Microsoft says it will add 3D creation features to many of its applications, including PowerPoint and Paint. While the 3D renders can be viewed onscreen the company says they will also be viewable as 3D holograms on its HoloLens headset.

Microsoft said that companies including Lenovo and Dell would be making 3D accessories, starting at $299 in the US, that would let you experience and produce 3D content.

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The event also detailed the ability for HoloLens to use Microsoft's Edge browser as an augmented or mixed reality experience.

The Creators Update was also designed with e-sports in mind by integrating a game broadcasting service called Beam. It will let gamers broadcast to their friends or the internet using a webcam overlay on their gameplay, and let viewers make suggestions in real time.

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The update will also pipe in messaging from various apps to your desktop. You will be able to view messages from Skype, email, SMS and Xbox Live via onscreen notifications and reply in their app of choice.