Windows 10 Creators Update is all about creativity and 3D design
The word “creativity” was a definite constant at yesterday’s Microsoft launch event, repeated by pretty much every speaker.
In his opening speech, executive VP of the Windows and Devices group, Terry Myerson, said: “What unites all of us is that we’re creators of our individual lives.”
Microsoft said it wishes to develop technological tools that can be used by professionals in different fields to turn their ideas into a final product using new creative possibilities. This notion is at the core of many new products presented yesterday, including the Windows 10 Creators Update, Xbox features and the new Surface Studio desktop PC.
Windows 10 Creators Update
Windows 10 Update, has “creativity” within its very name. Some of the features of Windows 10 Creators Update include 3D tools, new communication widgets, integration with HoloLens and new Xbox Live features.
The update will include a 3D feature for PowerPoint, which it’s hoped will help users create more engaging presentations – no more death by slidedeck. Microsoft also announced a partnership with positioning product maker Trimble to bring creations made in its SketchUp software into the 3D Paint community.
At the event, Windows Experience Group’s general manager, Megan Saunders, showcased some of Windows 10’s new 3D tools, including Paint 3D. This feature allows users to capture objects in 3D using their phone’s camera, a feature that should be available for Windows 10 Mobile soon, and iOS and Android in the future. Users can also create emoji and 3D drawings from scratch and print these using a 3D printer.
Saunders said: “We need to make 3D creation as simple as taking a picture on your phone.”
The update also allows customers to use their computers with VR headsets or HoloLens’ augmented reality and brings new features for Xbox and Windows PC gamers, allowing more cross-platform interaction, further game broadcasting tools and the possibility to create their own tournaments.
At the end of the event, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella summarised perfectly what Microsoft’s ethos is at the moment, saying: “I believe that the next ten years will be defined by technology that empowers profound creation.”
“Every choice we (Microsoft) make is about finding that balance between consumption and creative expression,” Nadella added.