In addition to announcing the release date for its next big Windows 10 update — April 11 — Microsoft today unveiled several new partner-manufactured devices designed to support the new operating system’s novel features.
Among the new tools arriving with the Windows 10 Creators Update is Paint 3D, which represents a major change for Microsoft’s long-used Paint tool. The update will let users convert two-dimensional drawings into 3D, create 3D images from scratch or share 3D art with others via a built-in online community.
The Creators Update will also bring new security updates, including a Windows Defender Security Center and screen time controls for parents whose kids play Xbox One. And enterprise users of Microsoft’s Surface Hub will see a number of top-requested new features for better collaboration, the company said.
New 3D Paint, Mixed-Reality Apps
Available to current Windows 10 users as a free update, the Creators Update will be rolled out “in a measured way to ensure the best possible customer experience,” according to Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group.
Writing on the company’s Windows 10 blog today, Mehdi said the new Paint 3D app is designed to enable the more than 100 million monthly users of the traditional Paint tool to express their creativity in new ways as the 3D image industry continues expanding. He noted the 3D market is predicted to grow by more than 62 percent by 2020.
Beyond introducing 3D drawing, the Creators Update will also support new applications for mixed reality, with several manufacturing partners set to come out with Windows Mixed Reality headsets later this year, Mehdi said. Priced at $299, the headsets “will contain built-in sensors to enable inside-out, six-degrees of freedom, allowing for easy setup and free movement without the need for external markers or sensors…