First Look At Microsoft's Surface Studio PC, Surface Book i7 And The Windows 10 Creators Update

'The Creator In All Of Us'

During its fall event Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled several hardware and software products based around the theme of empowering creativity. Most significant was the introduction of an all-in-one PC in the Surface line, dubbed the Surface Studio, which features a large-screen touch display and is aimed at creative professionals. Microsoft also revealed some of what's coming in the next major update to Windows 10 -- which will be known as the Windows 10 Creators Update -- and debuted a tweaked version of the Surface Book laptop.

"I believe that the next 10 years will be defined by technology that empowers profound creation," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during the event. And of the Surface Studio, Microsoft corporate vice president of devices Panos Panay said, "This is a product that we believe truly brings out the creator in all of us."

What follows are the key details on everything Microsoft unveiled at its fall event Wednesday in New York.

Surface Studio: Display

The Surface Studio will feature a 28-inch PixelSense touch-screen display, which Microsoft says is the thinnest LCD monitor ever produced at 12.5mm. The display offers 192 ppi and features technologies that Microsoft calls TrueColor, for depth of color, and TrueScale, which will allow users to view documents and images on the screen at the same scale they would be printed out. The positioning of the display is also adjustable using the Surface Studio's chrome arms.

Surface Studio: Other Specs

The all-in-one PC will feature the Intel Core i5/i7 and Nvidia GeForce GPU for its processing power, along with up to a 2-TB hard drive, up to 32-GB of memory and Stereo 2.1 speakers with Dolby Audio Premium. The PC will also include a Windows Hello face sign-in camera and an HD camera for high-end videoconferencing, said Panay (pictured), as well as four USB 3.0 ports and a Mini DisplayPort.

Surface Studio: Price And Availability

Microsoft said the Surface Studio will have a starting price of $2,999, with pre-orders starting Wednesday. The exact shipping date wasn't specified, with Microsoft saying Surface Studio "will begin shipping in limited quantities this holiday with broader availability in early 2017."

Surface Dial

Microsoft also introduced a new scroll-wheel device, Surface Dial, which will be built into Windows and can be used as a tool for navigating between tasks or different tools. The Surface Dial can be used either off the screen or on top of the screen for additional functionality, Microsoft demonstrated. The device will also work with Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro 3 or Surface Book, and will cost $99.99.

Surface Book i7

Microsoft said that it has updated the Surface Book, which was first introduced at the company's fall event in 2015, with some new specs. Those include the addition of the latest Intel Core i7 processor, improved graphics performance and the inclusion of additional batteries -- which Microsoft says will expand battery life by 30 percent to 16 hours on a charge. The Surface Book i7 is available for pre-order on Wednesday for $2,399, and will be shipping in November.

Windows 10 Creators Update

Set for debut in early 2017, Microsoft previewed that the Windows 10 Creators Update will make it easier to capture and manipulate 3-D objects, including with the introduction of a new version of Paint, dubbed Paint 3D. The Creators Update will also enable experiences in mixed reality by working with new VR headsets from HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Asus (which will have a starting price of $299). In addition, the Windows 10 Creators Update will include a new feature called MyPeople, which will let users pin top contacts to the Windows task bar, and then share content with those contacts using drag and drop.