Earlier today at Microsoft’s New York City event, they announced plans to add several new features to Windows 10 in an upcoming update they are calling the Creators Update.
3D content creation, high-end gaming, and sharing will be the main focuses for the next major build. It will become available from next year.
The update for their 3D paint app is a major change for the app than what was first expected. It can scan real-world items and can print them, integrate them in artwork, as well as share it through the new Remix3D community. 3D imaging features will also become possible next year in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, so users can create more visually engaging documents.
Microsoft has also focused very hard on bringing Xbox gaming features to desktop devices. This includes community engagement and also cross-platform games via the Xbox Play Anywhere programs.
They have announced a few new interesting features to the platform which include:
– broadcasting gameplay live from your Windows 10 desktop
– creating custom tournaments and bring multiple players into your competition using Arena on Xbox Live
– Xbox One devices equipped with Blu-Ray players will have bitstream audio pass-through with Dolby Atmos support available soon
On Windows 10, sharing content is now up-to-date. You have the ability to drag and drop files to contact cards and instantly share them with others.
The update will also make it easier to connect with other people with Windows MyPeople. To start off with, the SMS Relay feature will allow you to view and reply to texts from your phone on your desktop.
In addition, you can tap a contact that has messaged you and also view the Skype chat you have with them. You can also see the emails they’ve sent you, all from one pop-up on your desktop. This will also work with your Windows or Android smartphone.
The Creators Update will also introduce ‘Shoulder Taps’ to Windows 10, which is similar to Pokes found on Facebook. It will allow you to send people animated stickers that will appear on their desktops. You can also use your own stickers you created in Paint 3D.
The Windows Insider program will have the Creators Update this week, so keen beta testers can check out the brand new features before they are available to the public early next year.