The day before his ex-archrival, the Microsoft went up to the stage in New York today for a special event that presented good news beyond interesting to the public – some of them, it is good to note, that they must raise a flea behind the ear of a certain person in Cupertino in relation to the letters they have up your sleeve for tomorrow.
Redmond’s gang has been doing eye-popping work lately. Let’s take a closer look at the main announcements for the day ahead.
The (literally) big star of the show today is called 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 clashing with any iMac in terms of design.
Until then “PixelSense”, 28 inches with a 3: 2 aspect ratio, described by Microsoft as “the thinnest LCD screen ever produced”, with 12.5mm, is the great attraction of the PC. The 4500 × 3000 resolution guarantees 192 pixels per inch and features a technology called TrueColor, capable of being instantly configured for the most different color schemes, such as Adobe sRGB, DCI-P3 or CMYK. A feature called True Scale (full scale) shows designs to be printed in their actual size on the screen with perfect factory calibration.
The biggest demonstration of Microsoft’s focus on creative professionals is, however, the articulation of the screen with “zero gravity” (words of the company itself), which allows it to be laid at an angle of 20 degrees to become a drawing board ultra-technological. The screen supports the already known Surface Pen, with sensitivity to 1,024 pressure points, as well as a new and intriguing accessory called Surface Dial, which I will talk about next.
In terms of technical specifications, Surface Studio features Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, RAM ranging from 8GB to 32GB, hybrid drives of 1TB or 2TB and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB or 980M with 4GB, depending on the configuration. All models feature four USB 3.0 ports, SD card reader, Ethernet and Mini DisplayPort ports and a 5 megapixel front camera with support for the Windows Hello identification system. Oh, and 3.5mm audio output (#nocourage).
Prices vary between US $ 3,000 and US $ 4,200 and the beauty, which already has a pre-sale open, will be available at the end of the year, in “limited quantities” according to the manufacturer. I want to.
When I said above that the Surface Dial it is an intriguing accessory, it is because it is: it is a “disc” that provides a new method of interaction with the Surfaces interface, worthy of the best science fiction films.
It works like this: you place the disc on top of the screen and it is automatically detected – from there, 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 song that is playing on Spotify. Dial also works, although 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 will cost $ 99 when it goes on sale on November 10th – Surface Studio pre-order, meanwhile, is offering a Dial unit for free to customers. lucky people who buy the computer.
Surface Book i7
THE Surface Book, hybrid laptop with peculiar design from Big M, won its first update, remaining totally unchanged on the outside (for the blessing of some and the curse of others). The addition of the “i7” to the name reflects the inclusion of the newest series of Intel processors in the computer, and it also brings a new cooling system, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M graphics card and 30% more longevity, with a battery that , according to Microsoft, supports the pet for an appetizing 16 hours.
Three configurations – 256GB, 512GB and 1TB – will be available for $ 2,400, $ 2,800 and $ 3,300 respectively when the Surface Book i7 goes on sale on November 10. The pre-order for the laptop is also now open.
Windows 10 Creators Update
To make it very clear that Redmond’s people are increasingly focused on the creative professional business, 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 Creators Update brings 3D for everyone, mixed reality, new gaming experiences & more. # Windows10 #MicrosoftEvent pic.twitter.com/AwNWzPq6Do
– Windows (@Windows) October 26, 2016
The biggest news here is the massive adoption of 3D, which is reflected in a drastic reinvention of the indefectible Paint – I suspect the world is missing out on a walking joke and winning respectable software. The new app, called Paint 3D, allows amateur users to easily create 3D shapes or edit those captured by their own smartphones, sharing everything even via SketchUp and with the possibility of printing the creation on a 3D printer.
PowerPoint will also gain three-dimensional capabilities, with a library of cliparts in 3D and support motion layers. Microsoft promises that 3D will be implemented in all of its most popular applications over the next year.
Embedded in the update will also be the streaming of games Beam, recently 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 possibility of creating tournaments with friends and private broadcasts.
Finally, Microsoft is also adding in Windows the possibility of pinning people to the good old taskbar, to share content (or… emojis) with your most frequent contacts via Skype or email in the most practical way possible – in addition to responding to them instantly, in a floating window.
The 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) – beta testers of the system, however, will be able to get their hands on the update as early as this week.
Cheaper VR devices
Representing its first foray into the virtual reality universe – as the company has so far focused exclusively on augmented reality technology, with HoloLens -, Microsoft still had time to announce that it will launch low-cost VR devices in partnership with a number of manufacturers.
The devices will start from US $ 300, run on the same holographic platform that equips the 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 very significant announcements for the world of technology, and many of them are expected to make a beautiful appearance for the upcoming Macs that we will meet tomorrow. Who will have the advantage in this battle? We’ll find out soon.