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Microsoft unveils Creative Update and the Surface Studio

Sarah K. White | Oct. 28, 2016
Microsoft introduced updates to several current products and while we didn't see a new Surface Pro, we were introduced to the Surface Studio.

Surface Studio

Microsoft also unveiled a new addition to the Surface family -- the Surface Studio. A sleek, aluminum, all-in-one desktop computer. The Studio boasts a 28-inch display with 13.5 million pixels, which Panos noted is 63 percent more pixels than you'll find in a 4K TV. According to Microsoft, the Surface Studio boasts the thinnest LCD screen ever created, measuring 1.33 millimeters, as well the thinnest overall touch-display at just 12.33 millimeters thin. The flexible display can also rotate back to a 20 degree drafting angle, making it a good fit for designers.

The Surface Studio retails for $2,999, and is available to pre-order. Microsoft did caution that the device will be in short supply with limited quantities available for the upcoming holiday season.

Surface Dial

Microsoft also introduced the Surface Dial, a small, spherical, puck-like device that acts as a companion to all Surface devices. In fact, it will be retroactively compatible with the Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4 and the first iteration of the Surface Book. Connected by Bluetooth, and running on two AAA batteries, the Dial can be used off to the side, almost like a mouse, using haptic feedback to interpret common gestures that will activate different actions on the display. The Dial lets you zoom in or out, manipulate content, select new colors to draw with, alter the perspective of a 3D image and change settings on the device such as brightness or volume, among a number of other features.

Alternatively, you can also press the device directly on the screen to bring up menus, working seamlessly as you navigate the display with the Surface Pen. This specific feature works only on the Studio, but it could mean a lot for artists -- allowing them to use the Surface Pen in one hand, while navigating menus with the Dial, never having to put the Pen down once.

The Surface Dial will be available November 10, and will retail for $99; if you pre-order a Studio, you'll receive the Dial for free with your shipment.

3D and HoloLens

Paint has been a standby Windows program and, for the most part, it's form and function has remained mostly the same. But with the Creators Update, Paint is getting an overhaul to include 3D technology. You will now be able to import 2D images and create 2D sketches that can be transformed into 3D images. There's also integration with Minecraft, allowing you to create, share and 3D print their creations on a Microsoft community website, Remix 3D. 3D creations carry over into other programs as well, with the capability to import them into PowerPoint or Word to bring life to documents and presentations.


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