Microsoft has given tech fans plenty to salivate over today, after announcing a new Surface Book 2, the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, and the launch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
The Fall Creators Update is packed with enough features to warrant its own spotlight, so we’ll focus on the shiny new hardware separately. Here’s everything you need to know:
Meet the new Surface Book 2
The Surface Book 2 is a powerhouse of a laptop with amazing graphical power packed beneath its sleek premium body. Now available in 13.5in and 15in options, it also boasts an impressive 17-hour battery life for marathon productivity sessions.
Powered by 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.
From running software from the likes of Adobe and Autodesk, to playing great games like Forza Motorsport 7 and Gears of War at 1080p, 60fps, its more than prepared for anything you’ll care to throw at it.
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 also 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 launch on 16 November in the U.S. The 13.5in model launches in the U.S. and 11 additional markets on the same day, with more markets to follow.
Mixed reality for the masses
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update brings the power of mixed reality to everyone. With mixed reality, Microsoft seeks to fundamentally improve the way people create, communicate and play. Customers can transcend time and space and immerse themselves 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. For immersive virtual reality, people had to mount cameras in the corners of their home, and they couldn’t take their headset with them to a friend’s house or their workplace.
This all changes with the availability of Windows Mixed Reality headsets. For the most immersive mixed reality experience, Microsoft’s 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 6 November.
The Fall Creators Update also includes the Mixed Reality Viewer, which brings mixed reality to the PC. By simply using the camera on a PC, customers can see 3D objects mixed into their actual surroundings – people, places, things, or anything they can imagine.
From innovative and affordable new Windows Mixed Reality headset to technology to experience mixed reality on a PC, many components are coming together to introduce the world to mixed reality. Now customers can enjoy travel, sports, live concerts and gaming like never before in their own virtual home with content from over 20,000 apps in the Windows Store.
Please visit the Official Windows Blog post for more information.