Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 Update With 3-D Capabilities

Microsoft (MSFT) is bringing an update to its Windows 10 software that will allow users to create in a 3-D version of its Paint graphics application.

The technology giant also unveiled Surface Studio, a monitor with an ultra-high definition screen that works with pen, touch and Surface Dial, an input device that lets you use two hands on the screen, which was also launched Wednesday.

The Windows 10 update will be released in early 2017 and “will enable anyone to create, share and experience in 3-D and mixed reality,” the company said in a statement . Microsoft is also adding support for 3-D in Word, Excel and PowerPoint over the next year, it said.

“With Windows 10, Microsoft Surface and the medium of Mixed Reality, we aim to empower the builders, the makers and the creators with the tools to create, collaborate and express themselves in new ways,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft.

HP (HPQ), Lenovo, Dell, Acer and ASUS will ship the first virtual headsets capable of mixed reality, which merges virtual and actual reality, through the Creators Update, that will start at $299, Microsoft said.

The company also introduced a laptop update called Surface Book with Performance Base, starting at $2,399 and available starting Nov. 10.

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