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Microsoft Announces All-in-One Surface Studio, Surface Book Update, and Other Special Event News

One day before her former archrival, the Microsoft today took to the stage in New York for a special event that presented good news beyond interesting to the public some of them, it should be noted, that should raise a flea behind the ear of a certain people in Cupertino over the cards they have up their sleeve. for tomorrow

Redmond's class is doing some eye-popping work lately. Let's take a closer look at the main announcements for the day ahead.

Surface studio

Surface Studio from Microsoft

The (literally) big star of the show today is by the name of Surface studio and materializes in the form of a beautiful all-in-one computer (all-in-one) the first of its kind designed by Microsoft itself capable of bumping into any iMac in terms of design.

Until then PixelSense28-inch 3: 2 aspect ratio, described by Microsoft as ?the thinnest LCD screen ever made?, with 12.5mm, the PC's big draw. The 4500 × 3000 resolution guarantees 192 pixels per inch and features a technology called TrueColor, able to instantly configure itself for different color schemes, such as Adobe sRGB, DCI-P3 or CMYK. A feature called True scale (full scale) shows designs to be printed at their actual size on the screen with factory perfect calibration.

Microsoft's Surface Studio Folding

Microsoft's biggest focus on creative professionals, however, is in the articulation of the ?zero gravity? canvas (words from the company itself), which allows it to be tilted at a 20 degree angle to become a drafting table. ultra-technological. The screen supports the well-known Surface Pen, with sensitivity to 1,024 pressure points, as well as an intriguing new accessory called Surface Dial, which I'll talk about next.

In terms of technical specifications, Surface Studio has Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, RAM ranging from 8GB to 32GB, 1TB or 2TB hybrid disks and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics card with 2GB or 4GB depending on configuration. All models feature four USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, Ethernet and Mini DisplayPort ports, and a 5 megapixel front camera with Windows Hello identification system support. Oh, and 3.5mm audio output (#nocourage).

Prices range from $ 3,000 to $ 4,200, and the pre-sale beauties are available later in the year in "limited quantities," according to the manufacturer. I want to.

Surface dial

Surface Dial Accessory from Microsoft

When I said above that the Surface dial It is an intriguing accessory, because it is itself: it is a ?disc? that provides a new method of interaction with the Surfaces interface, worthy of the best science fiction movies.

It works like this: you put the disc on top of the screen and it is automatically detected from, you can rotate it to control anything you want, be it the color palette in an illustration program, the timeline of a video that is editing or even the volume of the music that is playing in Spotify. Dial also works, though without the context of the interface, without direct contact with the Surface screen.

The accessory works with all Surface line products since Surface Pro 3 and cost $ 99 when it starts selling, on November 10th the pre-sale of Surface Studio, meanwhile, is offering a free Dial unit to the lucky ones. who buy the computer.

Surface Book i7

Microsoft Surface Book i7

O Surface book, hybrid laptop with peculiar design of Big M, gained its first update, remaining totally unchanged on the outside (to the blessing of some and curse of others). The addition of the "i7" to the name reflects the inclusion of Intel's newest processor series in the computer, and it also brings a new cooling system, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics card and a 30% longer battery life. , according to Microsoft, supports the pet for appetizing 16 hours.

Three 256GB, 512GB and 1TB configurations will be available for $ 2,400, $ 2,800, and $ 3,300 respectively when Surface Book i7 goes live on November 10. The presale for the laptop is also already open.

Windows 10 Creators Update

To make it clear that Redmond's people are increasingly focused on creative professionals, the company announced an update to Windows 10 called Creators Update (Update for Creators). It will bring new features, too, to gamers and for ordinary users, who are still the company's maximum target audience.

The biggest news here is the massive adoption of 3D, which is reflected in a drastic reinvention of the unflinching Paint I suspect the world is missing out on a walking joke and earning respectable software. The new app, called Paint 3D, lets amateur users easily create 3D shapes or edit those captured by their own smartphones, even sharing everything via SketchUp and with the ability to print the creation on a 3D printer.

PowerPoint also gain three-dimensional features with a library of cliparts 3D and motion layer support. Microsoft promises that 3D will be implemented in all its most popular applications over the next year.

Embedded in the update is also the service of streaming Beam games package, newly acquired by Microsoft. With it, the entire extensive Windows gaming platform can be easily shared online in real time with high customization options, as well as the ability to create tournaments with friends and private broadcasts.

Finally, Microsoft is also adding in Windows the ability to pin people to the good old taskbar, to share content (or emojis) with their most frequent contacts via Skype or email in the most practical way possible and to answer them instantly. , in a floating window.

Windows 10 Creators Update will be available for free in the spring of the northern hemisphere, that is, between March and June next year (during our fall) system beta testers, however, they may be ready to upgrade later this week.

Cheap VR Devices

Representing its first breakthrough in the virtual reality universe as the company's focus so far has been solely on augmented reality technology, with HoloLens, Microsoft has yet had time to announce that it will launch low-cost VR devices in partnership with a host. from manufacturers.

The $ 300 handset will run on the same holographic platform that equips HoloLens and will be produced by partners such as HP, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS and Acer. All will work, of course, in conjunction with a compatible computer running Windows 10.

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These are all really significant announcements to the world of technology, and many of them should make a beautiful stand for the coming Macs we will meet tomorrow. Who has the upper hand in this battle? We'll find out soon.

(via BGR)

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