Today Microsoft announced its next big update for Windows 10 at the Surface event. The new update called the Window 10 Creators Update and it’ll be available as a free download this spring. As the name suggests, the focus for this update is creativity, with Microsoft bringing new features into its Windows 10 operating system. The features are focused in three main categories: 3D, gaming, and virtual reality. Let’s talk about them one by one.
“3D for everyone”
The biggest and most impotent one; Microsoft says it wants Windows 10 to be a home for not only the Virtual reality but also augmented reality and holographic computing — aka the HoloLens. To achieve what Microsoft is describing as its “2D to 3D journey” it’s introducing a whole range new software tools that support 3D content.
On the stage demo, Microsoft has showed how someone could take a 3D scan anything (in this demo a sand castle) using their phone, upload it to Paint, edited and fit it with any other picture, examine it in augmented reality using HoloLens, and then send it to a friend for them to look at in virtual reality. “We want you to move around a 3D world as naturally as you scroll through a document,” Microsoft says.
Paint and PowerPoint — but now in 3D
Microsoft brings 3D to its classic paint application to creating this easy 3D world. On stage, Microsoft demoed two examples — Paint and PowerPoint with both support 3D-object creation and editing.
In Paint 3D, you can draw basic 3D shapes which convert into 3D, and can be added to an image, and share them via SketchUp or to social networks, or the 3D objects can be printed by a 3D printer. With Microsoft promising that 3D will be implemented across its “most popular applications” in the coming year.
Cheap Microsoft VR headsets
Microsoft has partnered with HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer to produce VR headset with built-in six-degree-of-freedom head tracking, and with prices that start at $299. The VR is the key to make all that 3D support and 3D content that Microsoft wanted to push with new updates.
Built-in game broadcasting and tournaments
For game streamers and those who want to broadcasts their games on live stream to share with others, they’ll be able to do so using game streaming service Beam. The Beam will be built right into the Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft says, the Beam will come with all sorts of features to let broadcasters interacts with viewers.
For more private gaming sessions, the company also unveiled a new service for creating your own tournaments with friends. Arena on Xbox Live software will handle all the administrative tasks like score tracking and leave users free to play.
Add important people in your taskbar
The final feature that Microsoft showcase is the ability to pin icons for a select number of friends and family right to the taskbar. This will allow you to drag and drop files to these icons to share them as quickly as possible, and this tab will act as a hub for messaging apps, aggregating communications with programs like Skype and email in one place. Users can also send an emoji-style nudge to express their mood — it’ll appear right on that person’s desktop.