We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of This Week on Windows, where we’re talking about the new Surface Book 2 and everything in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update! Head over here to read more about this week’s news, check out the Surface Book 2, or, find out what’s new in the Fall Creators Update.
In case you missed it:
Here’s what’s new in the Windows Store:
Spook up your Halloween with this Collection of terrifying games, chilling entertainment, and haunting apps – on sale now through Oct. 31, 2017.
The Dark Tower
The fate of worlds lies with the last Gunslinger (Idris Elba), the only one who can defend the Dark Tower – which holds the universe together – from the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey). Watch good and evil collide in The Dark Tower ($14.99 HD/SD), based on the best-selling book series by Stephen King. Get it now in the Movies & TV section of the Windows Store, two full weeks before it comes to Blu-ray!
For a shattering combo of racing and rhythm games, Thumper ($19.99) sets a new bar, with classic rhythm action, blistering speed and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle, screaming down an endless track and crashing through punishing obstacles with simple, airtight controls.
Have a great weekend!
The PCs we’re sharing today range in a variety of form factors and price points, so whether you’re an artist, student, or gamer, there’s a device for you. Purchasing a new Windows PC is a great way to take advantage of all the new features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Microsoft Store can help with free workshops and personalized assistance to get your PC set up. To learn more about what’s new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, visit this blog post.
11 Windows PCs that light up the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
Acer Spin 5
Acer Predator 21 X
ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370
ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA (Available at Best Buy, com or Amazon)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
HP Omen 15 (Available at Microsoft Store and com)
HP Spectre x360 13’’
Lenovo Yoga 920
Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower
Samsung Galaxy Book 10’’
Acer Spin 5
Lightweight and portable, the Spin 5’s versatile, convertible form factor makes it a great platform to create and share content, while also utilizing productivity. The Spin 5 features 8th Generation Intel Core processors, up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and up to 13 hours of battery life. It also works with an optional Acer Active Stylus that offers creativity and stability through Windows Ink. (13-inch & 15-inch models starting at $799.99) Available from Acer.com
Acer Predator 21 X
The Acer Predator 21 X is packed with a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, five cooling fans and dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs for a supreme graphics performance. This monster gaming laptop offers a curved 21-inch screen and delivers an immersive gaming experience with Tobii eye-tracking technology. Designed for the heaviest gaming needs, and equipped with native, live game streaming through Mixer in Windows 10, its processors can handle Windows multimedia entertainment and productivity needs with ease. (Starts at $8,999.99) Available from Acer.com
ASUS Zenbook Flip S UX370
ASUS ZenBook Flip S combines convenience and versatility with a 360° convertible display and a thin and lightweight body. Intel’s 7th Generation i7 allows you to sail through everyday computing tasks with ease. The FHD multitouch NanoEdge display supports an active stylus that combines a high quality visual experience with the convenience of interactivity. In addition, a fingerprint sensor allows instant, one-touch login via Windows Hello in either laptop or tablet mode. (Starts at $1,099.99) Available at Microsoft Store
ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA (Available at Best Buy, com or Amazon)
Thin, light and flexible, the ASUS Transformer Mini T102HA is packed with key Windows 10 features that help keep you productive at a value price. A built-in fingerprint reader allows for a more secure login with Windows Hello, while the included stylus with Windows Ink lets you takes notes and draw in OneNote and Sketchpad. With a detachable keyboard and stepless 170-degree kickstand, the Transformer Mini can be used as a tablet or laptop. The device is powered by Windows 10 and has an 11-hour battery. (Price starts at $384). Available at Best Buy, ASUS.com or Amazon
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1
The new Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 brings powerful performance to the flexibility of a 2-in-1, all with a small footprint. A Dell Active Pen is also available for a natural feel with digital drawing, writing and note taking with Windows Ink. (13-inch models starting at $879.99 and 15-inch models starting at $849.99) Available from Dell.com
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1
The 13.3-inch Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop offers a 360-degree hinge, making it a workhorse for productivity. Used as a laptop or a tablet, the XPS 13 2-in-1 has up to 15 hours of battery life* with FHD and Quad HD+ InfinityEdge touch display. It is compatible with Windows Hello for password-free logins, and boasts 7th Gen Intel Core processors with Dell Dynamic Power Mode, delivering short bursts of performance when you need it, all with the smallest 13-inch 2-in-1 on the planet. (13-inch model starts at $999.99) Available at Microsoft Store with a free Wacom Bamboo Ink Stylus*
HP Omen 15 (Available at Microsoft Store and com)
Designed to deliver an immersive gaming experience, the Omen 15 sports full HD and 4K IPS display options as well as Wide Vision HD and Intel RealSense Cameras, which enable Windows Hello. Powered by Windows 10 – complete with native, live game streaming through Mixer – and with NVIDIA GTX GeForce graphics and immersive audio, this laptop is equipped for any gaming challenge. (Starts at $879.99) Available at Microsoft Store and BestBuy.com.
HP Spectre x360 13’’
The HP Spectre x360 utilizes the best of Windows 10 with Windows Ink, Cortana** and Microsoft Edge. Whether you’re at home or on-the-go, the convertible Spectre x360 will keep you up and running with its 2.85lbs weight and up to 15 hours of battery life. The laptop optimizes Intel’s 7th Generation Core processors and the new micro-edge display bezel design that reduces the overall footprint by eliminating almost 10mm from each side of the screen. (Starts at $1,049.99) Available at HP.com
Lenovo Yoga 920
The Yoga 920 is a lightweight, all-metal, ultra-thin device that arrives in platinum, copper or bronze color options and is available with an optional 4k display. Cortana, your personal voice-activated digital assistant, helps you get things done more easily and quickly – from up to 4 meters away, even in standby mode. The Lenovo Active Pen 2 with Windows Ink allows you to easily draw on photos and documents, add notes to a map, or highlight and markup webpages in Microsoft Edge. Windows Hello’s integrated fingerprint reader enables quick and easy biometric authentication, as well as fingerprint payments with PayPal and Visa. (Starts at $1,329) Available from Lenovo.com
Lenovo Legion Y720 Tower
Survive battlegrounds and blast through an alien invasion with the Lenovo Legion Y720 tower. Powered by Windows 10, complete with native live game streaming through Mixer, and upgradable without tools, this tower offers the complete package with fast computing, processing and graphical expertise. It is VR-capable and loaded with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB graphics, giving mainstream players reliable performance. (Starts at $899.99) Available from Lenovo.com
Samsung Galaxy Book 10’’
The Samsung Galaxy book delivers a premium, flexible design and offers mobile professionals full PC functionality anytime, anywhere. Weighing less than 2lbs and packed with Windows 10 features, this detachable 2-in-1 is a great mix of tablet and laptop. Sporting a touchscreen that can be used with Windows Ink, you can markup, doodle or draw on website with Microsoft Edge while Cortana, your personal assistant, keeps you organized. (Starts at $629.99) Available at Microsoft Store
Now is a great time to take advantage of everything the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update has to offer with a new PC! You can also take advantage of Windows Help Me Choose, an interactive tool on Windows.com that makes it easy to find the best PC that meets your needs. To check out even more great Windows 10 PCs from our partners, and to discover what the Fall Creators Update has to offer with free demos and workshops, visit your local Microsoft Store or Microsoft.com.
**Cortana available in select markets
As with the Creators Update, the key to our phased approach is actively listening to all available feedback mechanisms and making the appropriate product updates during the rollout. This allows us to provide a high-quality experience for the broadest set of users at an accelerated rate, while also continually increasing the quality and security of Windows 10. This was our approach with the Creators Update released in April and user feedback on this approach was very positive.
For the best experience, we recommend you wait until Windows 10 is automatically offered to your device. You don’t have to do anything to get the update; it will roll out automatically to you through Windows Update if you’ve chosen to have updates installed automatically on your device. Once the download is complete and the update is ready to install, we’ll check with you, so you can pick the right time to finish the installation and reboot. We do this so we can ensure the update does not disrupt you, and we use active hours to help suggest a good time.
If you don’t want to wait for the update to roll out to you, you can manually check for updates on your personal PC using the steps below. This will only work if your device is eligible to get the Fall Creators Update as part of the initial roll out phase. Alternatively, you can manually get the update today via the Software Download Site. This option is only recommended for advanced users on devices running a licensed version of Windows 10. If you’re using a Windows 10 PC at work, you will need to check with your IT administrator for details on your organization’s specific plans to update.
Ways to get the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
1. To manually find out if your device is part of the first phase rollout, check for updates on the Windows Update settings page.
In the Search tab, type “Settings”. On the Settings page, navigate to Update & security > Windows Update
On the Windows Update page, simply click Check for updates. This will also check if your device is up to date with the latest monthly security updates.
If your device is part of the first phase of roll out, the feature update may begin downloading immediately to your PC. You can still use your PC as you normally would while the update downloads in the background.
Once the download is complete you’ll be prompted to select the best time to complete installation so as not to disrupt what you are doing.
If the update doesn’t begin downloading after you click “Check for Updates” on the Windows Update page, you’ll see a message stating “Your device is up to date.” This means your device has all the updates available for it based on your device’s eligibility at this time. At this point we recommend waiting until the Fall Creators Update is rolled out to your device automatically.
2. Manually update for advanced users
As an advanced user, you have two manual installation options. The recommended method is to utilize the Update Assistant. To do so, click the Update Now button on the Software Download Site. You’ll need a licensed version of Windows 10 to use this method to get the feature update. Alternatively, you can download and run the Media Creation Tool on the same site, which will help you perform a clean installation or reinstall of Windows 10.
We hope you enjoy the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and the many new features it brings. Click here to learn about all the new features in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. If you have feedback about your experience, please use the Feedback Hub app to share it with us. We’ll share more on how we roll out the Fall Creators Update shortly!
With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, we are introducing some fun, new ways to get creative – from bringing mixed reality and 3D to the masses, to faster broadcasting for gaming, to turning photos and videos into real memories, and so much more. The Fall Creators Update can be experienced on a wide variety of Windows 10 PCs and on a range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
You can get the Fall Creators Update in a few different ways. If you already have a Windows 10 PC and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it’s ready. If you are an advanced user and would like to get the update manually, visit this blog post to learn how to get the Fall Creators Update.
Here’s what’s new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update:
Windows Mixed Reality
With Windows Mixed Reality, you can escape to the most immersive experiences – touring top travel destinations, getting inside the most exciting games, attending the most popular events, even travelling across time and space – right in your own home, with you at the center of everything.
Amazing experiences don’t need to be expensive or complicated. All you need is a headset and a compatible Windows PC. And, to enhance your experience, try out the extras like headphones and advanced motion controllers. A variety of headsets and motion controllers are available from leading makers like Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Headset-motion controller bundles start as low as $399[i]. Check here to see if your existing PC is compatible, or shop the exciting new models available this holiday season.
The reimagined Photos app now gives you the ability to add filters, text, 3D effects – and soon full 3D objects – and even digital ink to your photos and video clips for great storytelling complete with soundtracks, themes, and transitions. To help you get started, select the create button and two or more photos or videos and the Photos app will automatically bring together your memories into a video. Keep this cut to enjoy and share, remix it with just the click of a button, or edit it yourself to get it just right. To start creating your own personal story, go to the Photos app – free with Windows 10.
Mixed Reality Viewer
With Mixed Reality Viewer, you can see 3D objects – either from the Remix3D.com community or your own creation from Paint 3D – mixed into your actual surroundings through your PC’s camera for powerful ways to bring your story to life. Start creating in Paint 3D and select Mixed Reality to view your creation in your real world or go straight to the Mixed Reality Viewer app, free with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, to get started.[ii]
Quick access to your top people. Now you can pin your top people to the taskbar for one-click access to those who matter most. Communication apps, starting with Mail and Skype, come up together custom-filtered by individual. Tap on your pinned contact to send an email or chat using Skype without having to open the apps.
People-first Sharing. Sharing is as easy as dragging a file directly onto the pinned contacts in your taskbar. Or share directly via the ‘Share’ picker by choosing from the recommended list of your top people.
See emoji from pinned contacts. Emoji from your pinned contacts are able to appear and animate right from the taskbar – an extra level of emotional connection and expression between you and the key people in your life.
Voice-activated Power Commands. In addition to exciting voice-activated features like reaching Cortana above the lock screen, you can now ask Cortana to shut down, restart, or sleep your PC.[iii]
Annotate your books. When you select text, you have a whole lot of new options to personalize your books. You can add highlights in four colors, underline, add comments or copy text. You also have the ability Ask Cortana to find more information about the content you are reading without leaving the reading experience. Visit the Windows Store to get a book to personalize.
Pin your favorite websites to taskbar. Pinned sites are back! Pin a website to the taskbar from Microsoft Edge to have the icon show up in the taskbar for instant access. To get started, go to menu, select “Pin this page to the taskbar,” and the site icon appears on your Windows taskbar!
Edit URL for Favorites. You can now edit the URL of any favorite in the Favorites menu or the Favorites Bar. Simply go to Hub, then Favorites; right-click on a favorite and select “Edit a URL.”
Full screen mode (F11) in Microsoft Edge. Simply press F11 or choose the new Full Screen icon within the Settings menu (three dots) to take your websites full-screen. You can exit Full Screen view by pressing F11 again, or by clicking the Restore icon in the top-right corner.
You may have also noticed a new Microsoft Store logo on your Windows 10 device. We’ve unified the Microsoft Store on both Windows 10 and Xbox for a simpler shopping experience. Microsoft Store – whether shopping in a physical store, online, or through your Xbox or Windows 10 device – is the best destination to seamlessly discover, experience, download and buy the latest products and content from Microsoft and its partners, including hardware, games, entertainment, apps, and more.
Ransomware protections. To better protect against ransomware attacks, we’re introducing Windows Defender Exploit Guard that helps protect files from unauthorized changes by nefarious applications and your applications from unknown exploits. Additionally, Windows Defender Antivirus now has specific safeguards in place, along with default enhanced coverage that is delivered instantly via the cloud protection service. These and other security technologies protect against persistent ransomware campaigns like Cerber, Locky, and Spora, as well as global outbreaks like WannaCry, and Petya.
Continue on PC. You know those websites, searches and articles that you pull up on your iPhone or Android phone? Now you can forward them to instantly open on your PC, so you can continue what you’re doing – researching that project, shopping for those shoes, finishing that article – with all the benefits of the bigger screen.
Microsoft Launcher. With just a quick swipe-to-the-right, Microsoft Launcher for Android offers a tailored feed of your important events, top news, recent activities, favorite people and most frequently used apps. And, Microsoft Launcher has been designed to make it easy for you to seamlessly continue what you’re working on – whether it’s photos, documents and more—on your PC.
OneDrive Files On-Demand. When you save your files in OneDrive, now you can access them just like any other file on your PC without filling up your disk space. Easily tell which files are available online only or offline. Online-only files download on demand with a double-click, and you can make them online only again to free up space. Or you can select files to always be available offline. Click here to learn more about OneDrive Files On-Demand and how to enable it.
Find My Pen. Windows can now tell you where you were when you last inked on your computer, which makes finding a lost digital pen a lot easier.
Pen as PowerPoint clicker. Through the Bluetooth connection to your PC, your pen becomes a PowerPoint clicker. Present like a pro –advance your slides just by clicking the button on the back of the pen.
PDF annotations and form filling. Now you can fill in PDF-based forms within Microsoft Edge, save them and print them. And with the annotations capability extended to PDFs, you can ink on PDFs, highlight text and erase your annotations.
Better PDF viewing. When PDF docs show up sideways, you can now rotate them and even adjust file layout for easier reading.
Currency Converter. In response to one of our top customer requests, there’s now a Currency Converter included in the native Calculator; even works offline for when you’re traveling internationally and want to avoid connection charges.
Recover PIN and password from lock screen. No more getting locked out of your device. If you’re using an AADP or MSA account and you get stuck at login, you can now reset your password and PIN straight from the lock screen after verifying your account identity.
Eye Control. Making Windows more accessible particularly to people with disabilities, Eye Control beta lets you operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech experience using just your eyes; requires compatible eye tracker, like the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C.
Narrator (screen reader) intelligence. We added a feature to our screen reader to generate image descriptions using Microsoft Cognitive Services for images that lack alternative text.
Dictation: We added support to Dictate text in Windows using modern speech recognition services, which uses cloud-based intelligence.
Choose your performance/battery balance. New Performance/Power slider* lets you set the right balance between battery-life longevity and system performance and responsiveness. Optimize for battery life on a long flight; go with performance when you’re gaming or photo editing at home.[iv]
Here’s a tip! With the all-new Microsoft Tips app, you can master the basics of Windows 10, see what’s new in the Fall Creators Update, learn surprising and little-known tricks, and try things out with a press of a button. Type “Tips” in the search box on the taskbar to find the app, or look for it in the Start menu.
Game Mode. You can now easily toggle Game Mode for the game you’re in, directly from the Game bar.
Mixer: Mixer broadcasting will load and start faster than before. Also, when broadcasting to Mixer, you can now determine audio stream sources.
New help options: We’ve added a new “Xbox Networking” section in Settings under Gaming, to help PC gamers identify and ensure network connection quality while using voice chat and playing multiplayer games.
GPU in Task manager. Windows Task Manager now displays information about the graphics hardware and performance of your system.
3D in Office[v]
Windows and Office together are the best duo for doing. 3D, now in Office, helps you increase visual and creative impact with 3D objects in your PowerPoint presentations, Word, and Excel documents. View, resize, and rotate a 3D object with the 360-rotation handle, pull content from the Remix 3D community or locally from your PC, plus even use a brand-new transition type, Morph, with 3D models in PowerPoint to create cinematic transitions between slides. This 3D technology builds upon the already-robust productivity experiences in Office, including inking with a digital pen.
The Fall Creators Update begins rolling out worldwide today. Visit your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com to experience the Fall Creators Update with free demos and workshops, or get assistance from our expert Answer Desk technicians, including a free consultation to determine if your device is eligible for the update.
Discover and learn more about Fall Creators Update with free digital skills workshops and Create and Play events, through direct access to Microsoft technology. For more information about workshops taking place in your area this fall, check your nearest Microsoft Store.
[i] Estimated retail price; actual prices may vary. Selected models only; dependent on retailer availability.[ii] Remix 3D catalog available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device. Online access required to use Remix 3D from within the application[iii] Cortana available in select markets; experience may vary by region and device. Cortana above the lock screen is hardware dependent. User must enable within Settings. Learn more at microsoft.com/en-us/cortana/get-started/pc.[iv] Available on most Intel and AMD devices with battery.[v] Office 365 subscription required; sold separately
When you think about Microsoft and you hear our mission – to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more – it’s powerful. As product makers, we have to believe in the reasons we build our products. From Office to Windows to Surface, this is a notion that drives us.
As a team we work together to create products with seamless interactions from the silicon to the software. You see this across the entire Surface family – Pen, Dial, touch, voice – they opened so many doors to allow people to work and create in new ways.
When we launched Surface Book two years ago we set out to build the most powerful and versatile laptop, to breakdown the boundaries between what you can imagine and what you can create, and we’ve been so inspired by how people have used Surface Book through their entire creative process.
But people still want more, and creators continue to push the limits of what technology can do. So, we built the laptop of the future for the creators making the future. A laptop powerful enough to fuel the next wave of computing across mixed reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and immersive gaming. A laptop that empowers the designers, developers, artists, and scientists to imagine and build without limits and without compromises. To achieve more.
We can’t wait to see what you will do with Surface Book 2.
Introducing the new Surface Book 2 – the most powerful Surface laptop yet
Surface Book 2 removes the barrier between the desktop and the laptop by giving mobile professionals the power of a desktop, the versatility of a tablet, and the freedom of a light and thin laptop in one beautifully designed device. Whether you’re a developer, a digital artist, a designer, or an accountant, you can bring your ideas to life anywhere, because Surface Book 2 is a portable powerhouse.
We made no compromises building the most powerful Surface laptop ever. When the team talks about Surface Book 2 they call it Beauty and the Beast. Gorgeous design meets unstoppable power in this laptop. With the latest 8th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 and 1060 discrete graphics options, Surface Book 2 is up to five times more powerful than the original and is twice as powerful as the latest MacBook Pro. All this power and Surface Book 2 still provides all-day battery life – up to 17 hours of video playback. That’s 70% more than the latest MacBook Pro.
The new level of performance provided by Surface Book 2, along with the all-day battery life is what will continue to make this product perfect for product designers, gamers, architects, and developers who need the power of a desktop but crave the mobility of a laptop that doesn’t weight 8-10lbs. Surface Book 2 with the 13” weighs 3.38lbs and the 15” Surface Book 2 at 4.2lbs, there has never been this much computational power in a mobile form factor this light. This is a product that can stay with you from the moment your inspiration strikes to making it a reality.
You can show off your meticulously designed PowerPoint deck or complex Pivot tables in Excel with Surface Book 2’s stunningly vibrant and crisp PixelSense Display with multi-touch, Surface Pen, and Surface Dial on-screen support. You won’t believe how much the colors and 3D images will pop in PowerPoint on these machines. The 15” Surface Book 2 delivers almost seven million dazzling pixels – 45% more than the MacBook Pro – giving artists and professionals alike amazing pixel density on an even larger creative canvas.
In product making, we believe every detail matters. And you see that come to life in the detachable display and hinge of Surface Book 2, which has been redesigned to provide a smoother, faster detach into Tablet or Studio Mode. And when you detach to sketch an idea or watch a video, the Surface Book 2 turns into the world’s thinnest and lightest 8th Gen Intel Core i7 PC, giving customers a powerful portable studio for those who want a single, device that can follow you from concept to sketch to creation. Surface Book 2 brings you a full array of ports, including USB-A, USB-C, and full-size SD card reader which makes it easy to connect other devices, accessories and memory cards without the need for a bag full of dongles.
The best of Office and Windows
Whether you’re a finance manager running Excel models with millions of rows of data, an animator using 3D and morph transitions to present in PowerPoint, or a writer using the Surface Pen and intelligent ink to edit in Word – we developed Surface Book 2 to remove the boundaries between your ideas and creation. Giving you the seamless integration you need to do even more extraordinary work.
All that power and versatility also make this the ideal laptop for some of the most exciting features of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The Photos app will give you new ways to personalize and share your visual stories. And a range of new experiences allows you to create and interact with 3D objects. Use them in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, or the Mixed Reality Viewer app to view 3D in the real world. The Fall Creators Update is also the best version of Windows for PC gamers, giving them the performance boost of Game Mode and access to faster streaming through Mixer, experiences that show beautifully on Surface Book 2.
Great PC gaming and Windows Mixed Reality experiences
Surface Book 2 is designed to play as hard as it works. So when you’re done with work for the day and you want to game, Surface Book 2 is powerful enough to handle the most popular PC games at 1080p and 60 FPS – in some cases matching the graphics performance of game consoles like Xbox One. With built-in Xbox One Wireless support on the 15” you can pair your Xbox One controllers and compatible headsets to play with no cords or additional dongles required. And with so much innovation in the mixed reality space, we’re proud to share that Surface Book 2 is ready for Windows Mixed Reality Ultra. Connect a compatible headset and controller for apps and experiences with crisper visuals and a higher refresh rate (90 frames per second), including the highest-performance VR games.
The power to create
From the early days of Surface Pro to the launch of the original Surface Book, we’ve had incredible feedback from photographers and artists who loved the ability to shoot tethered or draw on a super portable device that could also run Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications. The power of Surface Book 2 will help artists and professionals across the creative spectrum take their work to the next level. More power means faster renders and effects so you can make quick edits and decisions to get you to your finished work. And a deeper partnership with Adobe means even better integration between Surface Book 2 and the Adobe Creative Cloud, including new Surface Dial functionality coming to Photoshop to keep you in your flow and let you easily access and modify your most frequently used brush settings.
As a team, we believe that products are a reflection of the people who make them, and the people who use them. We put our heart and soul into building a laptop of the future, for people who want to create the future – creators who see no limits, data scientists designing deep neural networks, engineers, architects, movie makers, and gamers. Surface Book 2 is a tool for everyone who wants to achieve more.
And I’m so pumped to get these products into customers’ hands. To see what you will do with the most powerful Surface laptop. Be the first to experience and pre-order the Surface Book 2 at a Microsoft Store or retailer near you. Surface Book 2 13” will be available for pre-order beginning November 9th in the United States and additional markets around the world, along with Surface Book 2 15” in the United States at your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com. Delivery will begin on November 16th.
From the initial launch of Windows 10, we’ve been on a mission to empower the creator in all of us. We believe in the fundamental human need to create to propel the world forward.
Today, we deliver the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update offering breakthroughs in creativity – from bringing mixed reality and 3D to the masses, to faster broadcasting for gaming, to turning photos and videos into real memories, and so much more. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update can be experienced on a wide variety of Windows 10 PCs and on a range of Windows Mixed Reality headsets available for the first time today.
We believe the PC is the ultimate canvas for creativity and can empower people to create like never before. This is why we are building Surface to be the ultimate laptop and are delighted to introduce the Surface Book 2, the most powerful Surface yet.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is packed with new innovations including, new Inking experiences like inking directly on PDFs, a new Find my Pen feature, Continue on your PC with Cortana or your phone’s browser including, Microsoft Edge for seamless Windows experiences across devices, enhanced security and privacy features, and improvements in accessibility, including Eye Control. I’m excited about these innovations and in particular four big bets that deliver on our vision for creativity:
Mixed reality for the masses
With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, we introduce mixed reality to the masses. With mixed reality, we seek to fundamentally improve the way you create, communicate and play. You can transcend time and space and immerse yourself in any environment, helping ideas break free from the boundaries of paper or screens.
Until now, any practical use of mixed reality required the use of a headset and for immersive virtual reality, you had to mount cameras in the corners of your home. And you couldn’t take your headset with you to a friend’s house or your workplace.
That changes with the availability of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. For the most immersive mixed reality experience, our partners, Acer, Dell, HP, and Lenovo are launching the very first Windows Mixed Reality headsets today, beginning at $399 for headsets bundled with advanced motion controllers. Samsung’s innovative mixed reality headset, the Samsung HMD Odyssey, will become available on November 6th. Windows Mixed Reality headsets are the only headsets that don’t require you to drill holes into your walls and you can take them on the go.
The Fall Creators Update also includes the Mixed Reality Viewer, which brings mixed reality to the PC. By simply using the camera on your PC, you can see 3D objects mixed into your actual surroundings – people, places, things, or anything you can imagine.
It’s so exciting to see so many components coming together to introduce the world to mixed reality, from innovative and affordable new Windows Mixed Reality headsets to technology to experience mixed reality on your PC. Now you can enjoy travel, sports, live concerts, and gaming like never before in your own virtual home with content from over 20,000 apps in the Windows Store.
3D offers next boost to human productivity
3D will offer the next major boost to human productivity, enabling a next generation of computing that moves far beyond the 2D world we’ve been confined to. This is so powerful because 3D is truly representative of the world you live in – improving the way you comprehend, retain, and learn.
With the Fall Creators Update, we enable anyone to create in 3D. Over 100 million people use Microsoft Paint every single month and now with Paint 3D they can all become 3D creators – easily manipulating objects, creating and sharing in 3D. With the Fall Creators Update, you can now bring 3D objects into your Office files, including PowerPoint presentations and Word documents, to dramatically improve your storytelling and improve comprehension. Objects can rotate and animate within your presentation. And with the Mixed Reality Viewer, you can easily drop your 3D creations into the physical world. 3D is great for students, professionals or anyone who wants to create.
Gaming becomes even more interactive
Gaming is the fastest growing form of entertainment because it is incredibly interactive. And, gaming has never been more popular on Windows, with nearly 200 million monthly active users gaming on Windows 10.
In fact, with an explosion of interest in eSports and interactive game streaming, more people spend time watching gameplay than actually playing games. We launched Mixer, the only near real-time, interactive game streaming service, to help everyone broadcast, watch or interact with other gamers.
With the Fall Creators Update, we are making Mixer even better – you can now launch and jump into a game stream faster than before. And Game Mode enables gamers to access more power of the PC and dedicate it to games, delivering a more performant gaming experience on Windows 10.
The next era of gaming is coming this fall with the new improvements in the Fall Creators Update, immersive gaming experiences for mixed reality, and the upcoming launch on November 7 of Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console built for true 4K gaming.
Creating memories with photos & videos
Photos and videos have never been more popular on Windows, with more than 250 million active users of Photos on Windows 10. Trillions of photos and videos exist digitally, but how do we ensure these precious images can be retained as memories?
Our Photos app is totally reimagined in the Fall Creators Update, so you can easily convert photos into memories and stories with personalized 3D effects, Ink, transitions, and video – no editing experience required. You can take photos from your vacation and simply and easily edit them into a collage of photos and videos with a soundtrack, theme, Ink, and cinematic transitions. And with 3D, you can make objects dynamic, like a soccer ball bursting into flames as it passes the goalie and soars into the net.
Announcing Surface Book 2
The PC is the platform to power the next wave of creativity and Surface is the tip of the spear of innovation to help drive this next wave forward.
One of the most powerful ways to experience the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is on the Surface family of devices. We are building Surface to be the ultimate laptop, infusing versatility, performance, and design into every product we make and creating a stage for the best of Windows and Office. More than ever there is a need for a class of high-performance devices that don’t compromise the versatility and style of a laptop customers want.
Today, we’re excited to introduce the latest in the Surface family: Surface Book 2 – a powerhouse laptop with amazing graphics and up to 17 hours of battery life. Now available in a 13” and 15” option, Surface Book 2 is the most powerful Surface we’ve ever built. With the latest 8th Generation Intel Dual-Core and Quad-Core processors and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, Surface Book 2 has up to five times the graphics performance of the original Surface Book and is twice as powerful as the new MacBook Pro.
But more than just raw power, Surface Book 2 is built for the way you work and create. It gives you the power of a laptop, the versatility of a tablet and the freedom of a portable studio all in one beautifully styled device.
Surface Book 2 is powerful enough to run professional software like Adobe, Autodesk, and Dessault flawlessly and plays popular PC games at 1080p, 60 FPS, including demanding titles like Forza Motorsport 7 and Gears of War 4.
Surface Book 2 joins Surface Laptop and Surface Pro to round out a strong portfolio of laptops that are designed to not only allow people to experience Windows Mixed Reality and gaming, and be productive anywhere, but to empower the artists, designers, developers, and engineers who are leading the next wave of creative innovation.
The new Surface Book 2 laptops start at $1499 and will be available for pre-order on November 9th in the US, with the 13” also available in additional markets. To learn more about Surface Book 2, visit Panos’ blog post.
The need to create has never been more important. We want Surface to continue to inspire and enable creativity and we’re excited to work with our partners to deliver incredible modern devices. The Windows ecosystem fosters incredible innovation, and this holiday, there will be a range of beautifully designed and feature-rich devices. These include new Windows 2-in-1s, laptops, all-in-ones, gaming PCs that feature Intel’s new 8th Generation Intel Core processors, the latest NVIDIA GPUs enabling Windows Mixed Reality experiences, long battery life, and OLED and 4K screens for the most stunning visuals.
From new PCs from Surface or our partners, new Windows Mixed Reality headsets and motion controllers – to the world’s most powerful console in Xbox One X – you can choose a Windows device to empower the creator in you.
The Maps team has been busy making improvements and adding new features to the Maps platform for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. In addition to performance and visual improvements to the 3D engine, we are introducing features requested by users, like the ability to import 3D models into the map and support for layering and binding for map elements. We also are making enhancements to the styling API to allow clients to specify base map styles and visual states for their own map elements. Finally, we are announcing a places API to see relevant information of a place right within the current context of the calling app.
Without further ado, please see the highlights below and keep your feedback coming!
You might recall that some 3D buildings were missing in the previous release. We have been working hard since then to bring them back (and improve the ones that didn’t look correct) with this update. Keep an eye out for more 3D buildings in the next few months!
We are adding a new MapElement called MapElement3D. Along with MapModel3D, this new API can be used to import and display 3D objects with ease. Think about fancy 3D push pins, cars, planes, etc. The possibilities are endless!
Here are some great examples of MapElement3D displaying 3D models at a specific location, orientation and scale on the Windows 10 Map Control:
Map Layering APIs
We also are adding a new MapLayer class, the first derivation of which is MapElementsLayer. Unlike the existing MapControl.MapElements API, this can be used to manipulate groups of elements independently as a unit or to designate a joint purpose.
Bind your data to the map using MapControl.Layers
You can bind elements on the map to your own custom collections of business objects with the Map Control.Layers API.
See How To: Display points of interest (POI) on a map.
Map Styling APIs extensions
We are extending the current set of Map Styling APIs for Windows 10 Map Control. In the previous release, we added the MapStylesheet API to allow you to dynamically change the look and feel of the map in real-time. In this release, we are adding support for two new properties on MapElement: MapStyleSheetEntry and MapStyleSheetEntryState, which can be used to more deeply customize the appearance of your map elements using one of the default style entries and states or custom ones.
See How To: Customize Your Map Elements
Here are some examples of the customization that can be done of map elements using the new styling extensions on the Windows 10 Map Control:
Integrate your elements better with the base map using MapStyleSheetEntry
You can make your map elements look like they are part of the base map by setting their style to an existing entry in the map style sheet such as Water. See MapStyleSheetEntry for the full list of entries you can chose from.
Bing logo is rendered by the Windows 10 Map Control through changing the map polygon’s MapStyleSheetEntry property to Water.
Implement states on your map elements using MapStyleSheetEntryState
You can further modify the appearance of your map elements by leveraging default states like Hover and Selected in the map style sheet, or override them to create your own. See MapStyleSheetEntriesStates for the full list of states you can chose from.
Bellevue Square, City Center and Meydenbauer POIs are rendered by the Windows 10 Map Control through overriding the scale of the existing UserPoint entry and changing the map icon’s MapStyleSheetEntryState property to a custom state that extends the existing Hover and Selected entry states.
Finally, we are happy to announce the new PlaceInfo API that allows you to see rich relevant information of a place without the need of switching context, in a pop-up UI, right within your own app.
API Updates and Additions
For a list of the APIs added since Windows 10 Creators Update, please see here the following resources:
MapElement: MapStyleSheetEntry, MapStyleSheetEntryState and Tag properties
For more details on all new APIs go to MSDN.
Windows 10 Fall Creators Update provides a developer platform that is designed to inspire the creator in each of us – empowering developers to build applications that change the way people work, play and interact with devices. To truly fulfill this platform promise, I believe that our developer platform needs to be centered around people and their needs. Technology should adapt and learn how to work with us.
As we showed at Microsoft Build in May, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK delivers thousands of new capabilities and improvements that support this promise. Today, at Windows Developer Day in London, we’re celebrating three areas that help you, our developer partners:
Create inspiring experiences using the next revolution in technology – Mixed Reality
Modernize applications for the modern workplace
Build and monetize your games and applications
I’m pleased to share with you that you can get started now by downloading the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK. Windows 10 adoption has been incredible – with more than 500 million monthly active devices. We are also seeing devices staying current with the latest updates faster than ever, with the majority of devices running the latest updates in less than 6 months, and over eighty percent of devices running the latest update in less than a year. We can’t wait to see the next wave of innovation enabled by the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK.
Create inspiring experiences using the next revolution in technology – Mixed Reality
The next revolution of computing is Mixed Reality. Microsoft is the only company embracing the entire continuum for mixed reality, from augmented reality to virtual reality and everything in between. Windows 10 was designed from ground up for spatial interactions and the next wave in this journey is Windows Mixed Reality, uniting the digital and real world to create a rich, immersive world. As humans, we interact with space constantly, and Windows Mixed Reality will feel the most natural for users. With HoloLens, we have already demonstrated unrivaled innovation that is transforming industries. Now, our immersive headsets offer unrivaled experiences.
For developers, Windows Mixed Reality offers unique opportunities.
Our unified platform maximizes reuse across platforms and device form factors
Windows Mixed Reality provides reach on the broadest range of devices
Our Microsoft Store provides an unrivaled discovery opportunity
Millions of people come to the Store every day to get an application from our broad catalog
Modernize applications for the modern workplace
With the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK, developers can easily create a new or update an existing application to support modern experiences that employees need, or customers expect.
Modernizing your deployment
The deployment system in Windows 10 has been significantly enhanced to help your users start using your application quicker and easier. This starts with the ability to only download the delta between updates, the updated bits versus the entire package to your end user. In addition, you can break up your application into components to allow streaming install. This will allow your application to work before your user has the entire application installed.
To assist with this modernization, the Fall Creators Update introduces the Windows application packaging project with Visual Studio 2017 version 15.4. This new project allows developers to utilize the app packaging without having to convert your existing installer. Just add the project and you’re done. Once your application is using the modernized installer, you now have access to all the APIs that have been added to the Windows Platform. For example, integration with Windows Hello to assist with security, action center integration to assist with engagement, and cross-device capabilities provided with device relay and activity feed.
Another major investment has been the integration of .NET Standard 2.0 which enables developers to reuse their code across platforms and devices with Visual Studio and integrates the vast array of libraries available in the open source community built on .NET.
Fluent Design System
The Fluent Design System is the evolution of Microsoft’s approach to creating the very best user experiences. Experiences with Fluent Design feel natural on the device you’re using, whether it’s a large screen desktop with keyboard, a laptop or tablet with touch, a mixed reality headset, or one of many other computing form factors. Applications using Fluent Design are optimized for consuming content and are efficient and powerful to use for creating and collaborating, and they help you to achieve more… they are experiences you love to use!
For developers, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update provides a comprehensive solution for creating applications with Fluent Design in a way that’s simple, powerful and flexible to your needs. It includes UX building blocks, guidelines, samples, tools, and a community to help you build the best experiences for your customers. Here are some highlights:
The Navigation View control provides an easy, consistent home for getting around your app.
Acrylic Material gives you a rich new visual building block that helps you create information hierarchy and greater immersion in your app.
The Reveal Highlight interaction visualization built into many controls helps your experience feel natural to use across as disparate inputs as mouse, pen, touch and gaze.
Connected Animations aid usability by preserving context and increasing engagement, and are so easy to adopt incrementally.
Gesture Actions like swipe build on familiar patterns to help users efficiently and naturally get stuff done.
Learn more about all the different building blocks and features you can take advantage of at: http://developer.microsoft.com/design.
Device Relay and Activity Feed
Microsoft Graph and Project Rome enable new and exciting ways to drive user engagement across apps, devices and platforms. Device relay allows your customers to continue what they’re doing right now, but on a different device and Activity Feed, allows them to pick up an activity they were doing in the past, and continuing it now or sometime in the future.
Helping your customers stay connected to what they need to do right now isn’t as easy as it used to be. People have multiple devices they switch between and they expect them to all work together. Using the Remote Systems and Remote Sessions APIs, you can do truly delightful device relay scenarios to help your customers use the right device for the task. The Remote Systems APIs enable you to communicate with the user’s devices across Windows, Android and iOS.
With the Activity Feed, you can keep your customers engaged and help them resume what they need to do next. Your customers can’t always finish what they were doing in a task or session in your app, but you can still help them pick up where they left off between devices and experiences by simply adding an activity to the Activity Feed using the UserActivity API.
Build and monetize your games and applications
Lastly, with the Expanded Resources feature in the Fall Xbox One Update, we’ve made another investment in the promise to open Xbox One to UWP game developers who want to build more immersive experiences. Now, developers will automatically have access to 6 exclusive cores, 5 GB of ram and full access to the GPU with DX12! We designed Visual Studio 2017 with game developers in mind! We built a brand-new work-load based installer in Visual Studio 2017, which optimizes the install experience for game developers, so you get everything you need and nothing you don’t.
We recently launched the Xbox Live Creators Program, and this gives anyone the ability to build and publish games for the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs. You don’t have to go through concept approval, and the certification is simplified. What’s more is that you are able to leverage select Xbox Live features like stats, leaderboards and cloud saves. We have added more monetization options and tools in Microsoft Store. Interactivity is the future of live streaming and Mixer is our fast and interactive live streaming platform. We have the Mixer SDKs for the major game engines and languages and you can make something cool in less than an hour. Our goal is to create a community of indie game developers. We want to foster open discussions between developers and Windows, and each other. With that in mind, we are bringing back Dream.Build.Play in 2017. The 2017 Challenge has a prize pool over $225,000 (USD), with several categories.
Community and thanks
We were pleased today to have been joined on stage in London by two creative partners building UWPs for unique and innovative experiences. Black Marble, a UK based developer is building on its history of simplifying law enforcement experiences with a new Mixed Reality UWP to bring MR to courtrooms. Texthelp, another UK based company, showcased a UWP application and Edge extension that helps improve reading and writing comprehension for children with dyslexia and students learning in a second language. Texthelp has also announced a new app, EquatIO, which assists learning in mathematics.
Whether you’re building immersive experiences for Windows Mixed Reality, games, education or business applications, community is crucial to the Windows developer platform. I’d also like to take a moment to thank all developers who are participating Windows Insiders Program and have been using the Fall Creators Update Preview SDK. We value your insight and suggestions, as well as your feedback.
I look forward to seeing what you create with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update SDK. The Windows Dev Center is open now for submissions to the Microsoft Store! For more details, go to dev.windows.com.
You’re standing in line at a coffee shop. Your right thumb is stre-t-ch-ing to drag out words on your phone’s keyboard while you squint to read the text on the web form you’re filling out. It’s amazing what’s possible today—but don’t you wish your phone could magically send that task to your Windows 10 PC where you could luxuriate in a big screen and hardware keyboard?
With the new preview apps we’re launching for iOS and Android – you can. Introducing Microsoft Edge for iOS/Android and Microsoft Launcher for Android, two apps designed to make it easy to move what you’re working on between your phone and PC.
We are excited to continue the work we announced at Build to make Windows 10 PCs work great with your phone. Microsoft Edge for iOS is available starting today in preview, with Microsoft Edge for Android available soon in preview. And, Microsoft Launcher is available starting today in preview as well. Continue on PC functionality in both apps comes with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android
One of the most common requests we hear from people who use Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 PCs is “we want our browser experience to move to our phones”. You spoke, we listened.
Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android brings familiar features like your Favorites, Reading List, New Tab Page and Reading View across your PC and phone, so, no matter the device, your browsing goes with you. But what makes Microsoft Edge really stand out is the ability to continue on your PC, which enables you to immediately open the page you’re looking at right on your PC—or save it to work on later.
Beginning today, iOS users can test the preview app via Apple TestFlight, and Android users can sign up to be one of the first to test the preview app which will be available soon. Go here to sign up to test the Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android preview apps.
A few more details about the preview: Initially Microsoft Edge for iOS and Android will launch only in US-English, but we’ll ramp to other countries/languages as we expand the preview. And some features—like roaming passwords and support for iPads/Android tablets—aren’t available at preview launch but will come in the future.
Microsoft Launcher for Android
Android phones have a feature that iPhones don’t – they allow customization of the “launcher” that’s displayed when you push the phone’s home button. How nice! Today, we are also launching a preview release of our new Microsoft Launcher for Android. We think it’s the most beautiful (based on Fluent design), customizable, powerful launcher available. With Microsoft Launcher, your recent photos, documents and more can all Continue on PC as well.
And – just like on Windows 10 – with Microsoft Launcher you can put icons of your favorite people right on the home screen so they’re quickly and easily available.
The Feed: Info at your Fingertips. With just a quick swipe-to-the-right, Microsoft Launcher offers a tailored feed of your important events, top news, recent activities, favorite people and most frequently used apps.
Beautiful and customizable. Launcher has wide-ranging ways to let you personalize your phone, it’s easy to set colors of backgrounds—and our new ‘gesture’ support will let even hard-core customizers create the environment that makes them most productive.
Continue on PC. And of course, Microsoft Launcher has been designed to make it easy for you to seamlessly continue what you’re working on – whether it’s photos, documents and more—on your PC.
Microsoft Launcher represents the “graduation” of the 4.6-star rated “Arrow Launcher” project that was developed in our Garage – we’re making a big update to Arrow and changing its name. Everyone on the Arrow Launcher beta will automatically get the Microsoft Launcher today, and any other Android users can join the preview of Microsoft Launcher beginning today as well.
Go here to access the Microsoft Launcher preview.
We hope Windows Insiders will try these preview apps alongside their Windows 10 PCs and provide feedback and ways to make them even better. As has been our approach with Windows 10, we’ll continue to try new things, learn and build the best experiences possible. We look forward to bringing these experiences more broadly to you later this year.
Today is an exciting day for mixed reality at Microsoft! We outlined our vision for mixed reality, unveiled the latest device to join our growing family of Windows Mixed Reality headsets – the Samsung HMD Odyssey – and kicked off the holiday buying season by celebrating the availability of pre-orders for Windows Mixed Reality headsets at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com.
Together with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – coming on October 17 – and a compatible Windows 10 PC, these Windows Mixed Reality headsets from our partners will enable you to immerse yourself in a new reality: the world of Windows Mixed Reality.
Here’s how to pre-order your Windows Mixed Reality headset:
You can pre-order your Windows Mixed Reality headsets at Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com, and by checking out the individual links below.
Samsung HMD Odyssey
Today, Samsung announced the Samsung HMD Odyssey. The Samsung HMD Odyssey provides a remarkable immersive experience with Dual AMOLED high-resolution displays, a 110-degree field of view, built-in premium AKG headphones, and built-in 6 DOF inside-out position tracking. The device is quick and easy to set up and delivers a premium virtual reality experience with superior picture quality.
Pre-order the Samsung HMD Odyssey today with availability on November 6.
Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset
Acer will offer their Windows Mixed Reality Headset with motion controllers. When the headset is paired with the controllers, you can take advantage of the full position and rotational tracking in the headset to easily create content or play games.
Pre-order the Acer Windows Mixed Reality headset today with availability on October 17.
The Dell Visor features high resolution 1440 x 1440 LCD panels for a sharp and smooth 360° panoramic experience for an “as-if-you-are-there” view. It’s thoughtfully engineered for comfort and convenience with well-cushioned head and face padding that allow for comfortable wear, even for people who wear glasses.
Pre-order the Dell Visor today with availability on October 17.
HP Windows Mixed Reality headset
The HP Windows Mixed Reality headset will also be bundled with motion controllers to provide great Mixed Reality experiences.
Pre-order the HP Windows Mixed Reality headset today with availability on October 17.
The Lenovo Explorer headset is ergonomically designed and optimized for comfort so you can immerse yourself in mixed reality experiences for long periods. It tracks your movements with superior fidelity and spatial awareness so you can move around naturally in an area of 3.5 by 3.5 meters (about 11.5 by 11.5 feet) without constantly reorienting yourself. No external sensors are needed, which means you can set it up in minutes by simply connecting a cable to your PC.
Pre-order the Lenovo Explorer today with availability on October 17.
Learn more about Windows Mixed Reality
To learn more about Windows Mixed Reality, visit Windows.com/MixedReality. This site contains helpful information, including a compatibility checker to see if your current Windows 10 PC is compatible with Windows Mixed Reality; highlights content experiences; and lets you check out a full collection of PCs that are built to support Windows Mixed Reality.
You can also visit your local Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com to discover technology from Microsoft and its partners, including new Windows Mixed Reality headsets.