Microsoft Update Lets Users Create 3D Content

Remember Microsoft Paint? The company is revamping the classic app for Windows 10 and it’s emphasizing content creation in 3D.

But it’s not just Paint that is getting a 3D makeover. The Windows 10 Creators Update, coming in early 2017, will also enable mobile devices to take  three-dimensional photos. This works by scanning an object as the user circles it. Beyond that, Microsoft is bringing 3D graphics to PowerPoint.

Revenue for Windows is down 2%, and Microsoft recently lowered its forecast for future revenue. The 3D update likely won’t be enough to reverse this trend alone, but shares rose slightly following the announcement. Regardless, Microsoft is doing well—its cloud business has been more than making up for Windows’ stagnancy and the death of Windows Phone.

Microsoft also announced new hardware, including the Surface Studio, a new class of device that transforms from a workstation into a digital canvas.

“At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more,” said Satya Nadella, CEO. “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.”

In addition, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Dial, a new peripheral designed for the creative process. It integrates with Windows 10 to work with Surface for a faster and more intuitive way to scroll, zoom and navigate. For example, with Surface Dial, artists can change the color or the size of their brush tip as they paint without ever moving the pen away from the screen.

The news was announced at a product launch event in New York.

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