Microsoft jumped out ahead of Apple early this morning with a big Windows 10 event. The Xbox One, a new Surface Book or Minecraft in 3D weren't explicitly advertised, but those are some of the things we ended up seeing, including the all-in-one Surface Studio. So if you want to catch up on everything you missed, here's what you need to know.
This is the big one. Microsoft are doing their own all-in-one PC, and the specs are pretty impressive. It's targeting the iMac crowd, but it also comes with 32GB of DDR4 RAM, a 2TB hybrid solid-state drive and a NVIDIA GTX 980M.
Plenty of people were interested in the Surface Book last year, so you'll be pleased to know that it's now a lot more capable as a game-playing machine. It's only sporting a GTX 965M; I can't wait to see what a Surface Book with a Pascal chip looks like. Still: 16 hour battery. Even if you knock 10% or 20% off that figure, that's still real handy.
Microsoft is partnering with a bunch of manufacturers, namely Acer, ASUS, Lenovo, Dell and HP, to get into the low-end virtual reality game. The hardware is going to be compatible with software rolled out in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. And speaking of that...
The Windows 10 Creators Update has a ton of stuff. Here's a full breakdown of it all.
The update, which should come out before summer hits us, will be complete with new broadcasting technology from Beam. It's meant to be simpler than getting a stream going through OBS or Xsplit, and supposedly has a ultra-low latency protocol so players can interact with the streamer in near real-time. Should be interesting.
Paint is getting a massive makeover. Seriously. Besides working in 3D, there's a ton of cool stuff happening here.
If you want to rewatch the event for yourself, as well as hear more detail on all of the above, head on over to the Microsoft website.