Best of the Web for Windows users - 23 - 29 October 2016

This week was very busy for Microsoft. They announced the future Windows 10 Creators Update that will come for free, to all Windows 10 users, in early 2017. There are many new features that will be included in this update. Then, they announced many new exciting devices, including the Microsoft Surface Studio, which has sparked a lot of interest in the media. To see what’s new from Microsoft, read this week’s recap. Ther e is a lot of interesting stuff we’ve gathered for you to read:

Microsoft: the news of the week

These articles are this week's most important news in Microsoft's ecosystem:

What’s New in Windows 10’s Creators Update, Arriving Spring 2017 - The Windows 10 Creators Update – also known as Redstone 2 – is due to hit PCs in Spring 2017. Like other updates for Windows 10, it’s free, and includes a host of new features.

What creatives think of the Microsoft Surface Studio - Microsoft's Surface Studio is a bold device. Ostensibly an all-in-one PC, it's also a major play at winning more creatives over to the Windows way of life.

Microsoft Surface Studio: A concept five (or more) years in the making - Microsoft's newest Surface, its all-in-one, is a concept the company had been envisioning and hoping to make real for years.

Microsoft's Windows chief: Surface Dial is just the beginning - Microsoft's Windows chief sees a future where the regular input devices —€” touch, mouse and keyboard, or stylus —€” are complimented by objects that interact with a PC's screen. Talking to The Verge after Microsoft's Surface event, Terry Myerson discussed the new Surface Studio, radial menus, the Surface Dial, and more.

Microsoft has made the Surface Book i7 even more powerful - Microsoft took the highest-end Intel Core i7 version of the Surface Book and has redesigned it from the inside out for even better performance. The company claimed that they were able to improve the graphics performance of the 2-in-1 to up to 2 times as much as before, making it 3X as graphically capable than the highest end MacBook Pro 13.

Microsoft Quietly Delivers New Surface Keyboards, Mouse - While Surface Studio and Surface Dial got all the Surface love at this week’s Microsoft Windows 10 event, the firm is actually shipping other Surface hardware soon, too. Yes, I’m talking keyboards and mice. Here’s what’s coming.

Mossberg: The PC has become part of the furniture - Most people reading this column will buy a new PC when theirs is old and unreliable. But almost nobody is lusting after them any more, or buying them annually or every two years.

Will the VR revolution be ushered in by Microsoft, of all companies? - Though the company spent surprisingly little time on it, it announced that HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer would all be producing VR headsets of their own. On top of having built-in operating system support, these headsets would have two key advantages over current hardware.

The future of PCs and Macs is expensive - This week, the companies that defined the personal computer, Microsoft and Apple, gave us a glimpse of the future and it looks like a return to the past: the PC is going back to being an exclusive and expensive machine.

Is Microsoft passionate about its mobile strategy? - So, is Microsoft passionate about mobile? In agreement with the collection of voices of detractors, angry fans and critics, in the traditional sense, no. But that's not the whole story.

Like Microsoft and the 1990s, 3D graphics are cool again - 3D was highlighted as a core feature of Windows 10 Creator’s suite. Along with Microsoft Paint 3D, the company showed off a way to easily scan a real-world object with a phone so that it could become a 3D f ile which y ou can manipulate with software. It linked 3D objects to its flagship piece of futurism, the Microsoft HoloLens, which makes sharing and interacting with 3D objects a lot more compelling than viewing them on a two-dimensional screen. And it tied all this in with its most beloved software franchise, Minecraft, which is by its nature about building in 3D, and truly has captivated a generation of kids and parents.

Windows 10 Creators Update Paint 3D heading to mobile, currently in alpha - Paint 3D Preview is already available in the S tore , but only for PCs, and only for Fast Ring Insiders. This could change in the coming weeks or months as the head of the Insider Program, Dona Sarkar, reveals that a Paint 3D for mobile is there, but it is still in an alpha state and therefore not yet available.

Microsoft releases open source toolkit used to build human-level speech recognition - Last week, Microsoft announced a speech recognition breakthrough: a transcription system that can match humans, with a word error rate of 5.9 percent for conversational speech. This new system is built on an open source toolkit that Microsoft already developed. A major new update to the toolkit, now called the Cognitive Toolkit, was released this week in beta.

Microsoft is doing a better Apple impression than Apple is - Apple and Microsoft have both announced new computers this week built for professionals, and while the companies' hardware may be very different, the way they're selling these new devices is eerily similar. Check out the MacBook Pro overview from Apple, then watch Microsoft's introduction for the Surface Studio.

Brexit: Microsoft jacks up prices, SAP sees UK growth, and Adobe doesn’t blink - The precipitous drop in the value of the pound caused by Brexit has led to rocketing prices for Microsoft's cloud and on-premise business services in the UK.

Cool tips and guides

We would like to share several tips and guides from other websites in the tech blogosphere:

Build an Animated GIF Camera with a Raspberry Pi Zero - A camera that only shoots GIFs might sound a little ridiculous, and it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun use for a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Five Ways to Customize Android that iOS Still Can’t Match - Here are five ways you can customize the heck out of Android, that still aren’t available on iOS. Some of these things are possible on jailbroken iOS devices, while some are flat-out impossible

5 Reasons Why Evernote Is Still Better Than OneNote - With so much content out there saying OneNote is better than Evernote, let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. In many areas, Evernote still beats OneNote. The question is whether Evernote’s benefits are enough to convince you to stay.