This is a special edition of the TechSummit Rewind, focusing on Microsoft’s October 2016 press event.
Microsoft Paint will never be looked at in the same way. The company stressed the future of creating in 3D. Users can take photos and turn portions of it into 3D, or turn a 2D doodle into a 3D image. All the 2D pens and pencils also work on 3D objects. Stickers can be stamped onto 2D images to make it 3D. Microsoft envisions these creations making their way to HoloLens for viewing.
People can also share work in a new community that comes with a focus on Minecraft. People can directly export form the game and 3D print their creations. The app will be available as part of the Windows 10 Creators update when it launches in the spring.
Windows 10 VR headsets
HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer will ship a line of virtual reality headsets that take advantage of Windows 10’s VR and holographic capabilities. The headsets will start at $299, and will include inside-out tracking sensors that remove the need for external cameras or laser systems.
Player-created e-sports Xbox Live tournaments
Microsoft is expanding the Arena platform introduced at E3 by letting players create their own competitive gaming tournaments. The feature will launch in 2017.
Meanwhile, players will be able to stream games from within Windows 10 with the click of a button through Beam (which Microsoft acquired in August). Viewers will be able to click buttons to offer suggestions for what the streamer does next in-game. These features will come to Windows 10 and Xbox One early next year.
The Surface Book has been updated with 30 percent more battery life and double the performance of the most powerful current Surface Book. There’s an Intel Core i7 processor, redesigned cooling system with an additional fan to keep the processors cranking at full strength, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPU pushing 1.9 teraflops of graphics performance, and 16 hours of battery life.
These are all shoved into the existing Surface Book frame, but it’s slightly heavier (thanks to the bigger battery) at 3.63 pounds (compared to 3.48 pounds on the original).
The Surface Book will be available on Nov. 10, with preorders open today from Microsoft:
- 256GB: $2,399
- 512GB: $2,799
- 1TB: $3,299
The Surface lineup is now on the big screen. Microsoft’s Surface Studio will launch this holiday in limited quantities starting at $2,999. Preorders begin today, and the desktop will be shown off at Microsoft stores ahead of its launch.
“We totally believe that Surface changes the way you produce, the way you create, the way you learn. [Studio] is all of that – but it’s one step further. It’s going to seem familiar, but it’s going to feel different.”
-Panos Panay, Microsoft devices head
The Studio has an all-in-one form factor with a 12.5mm aluminum frame, claimed as the “world’s thinnest LCD monitor ever built” by the company. There’s a 28-inch 3:2 4500×3000 (192ppi) display that outputs 13.5 million pixels (192ppi), according to Panay, which is 63 percent more than what’s on a 4K television. The Studio’s hinge allows for the display to be adjusted to a 20-degree orientation that’s convenient for drawing or marking up Word documents.
There’s also palm rejection built-in to the 10-point multitouch touchscreen, allowing users to avoid false inputs and have a comfortable experience with the Studio. On the base are connectivity options like a headphone jack, SD card slot, Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, and four USB 3.0 ports (one high-power). There’s also a built-in microphone array designed for you to be able to access Cortana from across the room.
“These chrome arms were meant to completely fade into the background.”
There’s also expanded color output – critical for photographers, videographers, and designers – called TrueColor with Adobe sRGB and DCI-P color settings. It’s powered by Intel’s sixth-generation processors and has a NVIDIA GTX 980M GPU in the premium model, with a 965M in the lower-priced configurations.
A variety of peripherals including the Surface Pen and radial Surface Dial support the Studio. The Dial can be placed on the Studio to trigger menus and other features like adjusting volume, screen brightness, or scrolling through a document. It can also work with the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book.
The Surface Dial will launch Nov. 10 for $99, and will be included with a Surface Studio pre-order.
Here’s the rest of the spec sheet:
- Sixth-generation Intel Core i5, i7 processor
- 1TB, 2TB hybrid drive
- 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M 2GB (Core i5) or GTX 980M 4GB (Core i7)
- 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0
- Cameras: 5MP front camera with Windows Hello support, 1080p video rear camera
- Sound: Stereo 2.1 Dolby audio