While some Windows 10 users still dread upgrading to the Anniversary Update, Microsoft just announced its next major upgrade. The Windows 10 Creators Update will be released to 400 million users in Spring 2017.
Here we’ll share the highlights of Wednesday’s Windows 10 event with you.
Is the Creators Update for You?
At its core, the Windows 10 Creators Update is about three things:
- 3D for everyone.
- 4K gaming and broadcasting.
- Connecting and sharing with the people closest to you.
During its special event this past Wednesday, Microsoft stressed that Windows 10 is for each of us and for the “next generation of creators”.
With this edition of Windows 10, Microsoft is embracing a generation of computer users who live and breathe digital content. Whether you love building 3D worlds in Minecraft, sharing memories with your friends and family, or gathering around live gaming streams for entertainment, Windows 10 has exciting new features for each of you.
While the digital natives appear to be front and center of this Windows 10 release, it doesn’t mean other generations are left behind. “It’s our mission to ensure that everyone on the planet can achieve their potential in work and play,” said Myerson. With the features described above, Microsoft is also appealing to professional creatives. To that end, Microsoft is releasing new, competitively priced hardware.
New Hardware Made for Windows 10
Microsoft is expanding its line of Windows 10 optimized hardware. Most notably, the Surface Studio will appeal to professional creators and technology enthusiasts across industries. Among other impressive specs, the Surface Studio features the thinnest touch LCD ever built. It’s basically a giant tablet PC.
The 28″ PixelSense display can be lowered to sit on the desk at a slight angle, ideal for drawing. Microsoft says it’s designed to pull you in and help you immerse in your creative work. Designers will appreciate that all it takes to switch from DCI-P3 to S-RGB is the push of a button. Anyone working with docments will embrace the 192 PPI resolution and true to life scaling of documents.
An exciting new accessory is the Surface Dial. It’s perfect for the Surface Studio, but will also work with the Surface Book and the Surface Pro 4. The Surface dial allows you to seamlessly move through brush colors, zoom levels, or anything else you can select or scroll through.
In combination with the new creator-focused features coming to Windows 10, Microsoft is offering a fantastic package for creatives.
5 Best New Features for Everyday Users
All human beings are creative, but not all of us get excited about drawing on a computer screen. So what’s in this Windows 10 edition for the rest of us?
1. Paint 3D
The Creators Update will come with a new version of MS Paint.
Paint 3D is one of the tools that will empower you to add the third dimension to your digital world and create content in 3D. Through Remix3D you will have access to a library of free community-made 3D objects that you can use in your creations. Paint 3D will remain as intuitive to use as it has been over its 30 year history.
2. 3D PowerPoint Animations
The same 3D objects available or created in Paint 3D, can also be imported into PowerPoint. What’s more, PowerPoint will be able to automatically morph transitions from one angle of a 3D object to another. All you have to do is define the start and the end point.
Combine this with the ability to easily scan your own 3D objects, and you’ll see how your future PowerPoint presentations could really spring to life.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed whether the Windows Capture 3D Experience scanning app will be available for Android and iOS, but they did demonstrate it using a Windows 10 Mobile phone during the Windows 10 event.
3. Game Broadcasting
If you’re a gamer, you’re familiar with the Game bar. Press Windows key + G and it will come up. This tool lets you take screenshots and record your screen.
In the Creators Update, the Game bar will allow you to broadcast your games via the Beam service.
You will no longer have to manually set up a streaming channel. Just hit the button on the Game bar to go live and have friends and followers join you to watch. Your viewers can even suggest moves to you. This feature will be available on Windows 10 and Xbox Live.
4. Custom Gaming Tournaments
If you enjoy gaming and competing with your friends, you’ll love the Creators Update. Not only did Microsoft ease live broadcasting, you’ll also be able to set up custom tournaments using Arena and Xbox Live.
You can choose your game, different game modes, a tournament style, and of course you can set a date and invite your friends.
5. People Inboxes
The people closest to you will soon have a special place on your desktop.
Our people are confined within individual applications. Specific social networking apps, their email app, texting apps. With Creators Update, we are placing people at the center of your Windoes experience, right where they belong. We want to inspire true creativity and true connection.
— Terry Myerson
The Windows 10 Creators Update will give you social inboxes for your friends and family. In these inboxes, you will find all the messages a person has sent you across supported applications, including email, Skype, text messages, and eventually third-party social networks. This way, you’ll never miss news and messages from the most important people in your life.
These desktop inboxes will also be the easiest way to share files and documents with those people. And if you just want to let someone know that you’re thinking of them, you can send a shoulder tap — essentially an emoticon — directly to their desktop.
What Else Did Microsoft Announce?
- Windows 10 will combine Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Holographic Reality into what they call Mixed Reality.
- Microsoft has partnered with third-parties to create Mixed Reality headsets for games and 3D content.
- Microsoft Edge will support 3D content, for example allowing you to view 3D furniture models in your physical space using a VR headset.
- 3D objects you created in Minecraft or SketchUp will be available for 3D printing.
- The 4K Blu-ray player of the Xbox One S will support Dolby Atmos.
The Creators Update Will Be an Evolution
Towards the end of Wednesday’s presentation, Terry Myerson revealed Microsoft’s goal for Windows 10.
With all due humility, I want to share a goal for Windows 10. It’s to have the effect of the Gutenberg Press on this next generation of computer users. We want to free 3D, free mixed reality, free e-sports and game broadcasting, and so much more for everyone.
The features above will be released to Windows Insiders over the coming weeks and months. Myerson called it the world’s largest collaborative software project. It’s also a beta test.