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Microsoft, at a special event held in New York, USA showcased the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update along with a slew of new products which include upgraded Surface Book, all new Surface Studio, and an updated version of its iconic Paint app. Yes, you read it right, the Microsoft Paint app received a major overhaul of sorts.
Here are the highlights of the 5 biggest announcements made by Microsoft at its Windows 10 and Surface Event you can't afford to miss out on.
Surface Studio — An all-in-one PC
Let's start with hardware, Microsoft, with the Surface Studio, added a new member to its Surface family. The all new Surface Studio is a touchscreen all-in-one PC with a one-of-it's-kind design aimed for artists and designers.
At a thickness of just 12.5mm, the new desktop computer has a 28-inch PixelSense display with an adjustable base to provide more convenience while working with the Surface Pen. It also offers support for the Surface Dial - a new controller device which provides intuitive interaction with the software.
In terms of hardware, the Surface Studio is powered by a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor coupled with 3TB of internal storage space along with support for Dolby stereo sound. The desktop computer bears an exorbitant price tag of USD 3,000 (roughly translates to 2 lakhs in Indian currency). Clearly, with its new product, Microsoft aims to compete against the likes of Apple's iMacs but it remains to be seen if the company manages to achieve an upper hand.
Surface Book (2016 Version)
In addition to the Surface Studio, Microsoft upgraded the existing Surface Book with new internals. For instance, It comes with the top-notch latest generation Intel Core i7 processor and better battery which is claimed to offer 16 hours of battery life on a single charge.
For the low-end Surface Book (8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage) you'll have to shell out USD 2,399 (approximately 1.6 lakhs) and the high-end 16GB of RAM and 1TB storage space variant will set you back by USD 3,300 (approximately 2.2 lakhs). Both these models are already up for pre-orders with the shipping starting from November 10 in the US.
Windows 10 Creators Update
Microsoft will roll out a major update to the Windows 10 dubbed as "Creators Update" starting from early 2017. The new update will bring in a lot of cool new features which include support for 3D capabilities for the iconic MS Paint and PowerPoint, "My People", Hololens, and support for VR along with a slew of new gaming features.
Microsoft Paint 3D
Microsoft is taking the way you interact with your PC to a whole new level with the Paint 3D app. This revamped app brings life to the normal images by turning them into 3D memories. It also allows you to doodle on the 3D images thereby improving your interactive experience.
Windows 10 VR headset
Last but not least, Microsoft has unveiled the next generation VR headsets to support the Windows 10 Creators Update's VR capabilities. Furthermore, the company has joined forces with HP, Lenovo, Dell, Asus, and Acer to make VR headsets. There's no official word on when the company will start shipping them yet but when launched, it will come with a price tag starting from USD 299 (approximately Rs. 20,000).