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These are the 3 big reveals from Microsoft's Surface event

Blair Hanley Frank | Oct. 27, 2016
Surface Studio, Surface Book and new Windows 10 features abound

Windows 10's Creators Update pushes creativity for everyone

While the Surface Studio emphasizes creative output of PCs, the Windows 10 Creators Update is supposed to bring creation capabilities to the masses.  The update will be available this spring for Windows 10 users everywhere and will bring a ton of new capabilities.

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The new Paint 3D app lets users create and manipulate 3D models.

One of the major emphases of the new release is a focus on creating 3D content. MS Paint is getting a refresh that adds support for creating and manipulating 3D models. Those models can be shared with the world using Microsoft's new Remix 3D community, which will host models shared from Paint 3D, Minecraft and Trimble's SketchUp.

On top of that, the Creators Update also includes some new sharing features that are designed to make it easier for people to share content with people close to them. Portraits of users' close friends will show up in the Windows taskbar. Dragging files onto those portraits will open up a dialog that lets users quickly share those files.

Surface Book gets a turbocharged upgrade

Microsoft rounded out its major announcements of the day by announcing a power boost to its Microsoft's Surface Book laptop/tablet hybrid. The new Surface Book with Performance Base gets a whopping 16 hours of battery life, to help with what Microsoft Corporate Vice President Panos Panay said was a common request from users.

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Panos Panay, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Surface Computing, demonstrates the new Surface Book at the company's press event in New York City on October 26, 2016.

The basic high-performance Surface Book sports 256GB of solid-state storage, an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M GPU with 2GB of VRAM. Microsoft also offers upgraded models of the Surface Book with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD.

That performance comes with a hefty price tag starting at $2,400. People who want the absolute top of the line Surface Book must pay $3,300 for the privilege.

And there's the run-down of the highlights from Micosoft's announcements. There’s still a bunch more stuff that's coming, like added gaming features in the Windows 10 Creators Update.

 

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