Windows 10 'Creators Update' arriving next spring, and it's (mostly) all about 3D

At Microsoft’s Windows 10 event in New York, the software giant has lifted the wraps off the next big update of Windows 10, which it’s calling the Creators Update.

Yes, we know -- weird name, right? New in this update (among other things) will be a fresh version of Paint, called Paint 3D. This isn’t a minor update of the awful Paint program that most people have ignored for years, but rather a tool that lets you scan objects in the real world, and import them into a 3D environment.

Speaking at the event, Megan Saunders, general manager at Microsoft said "We want to make 3D creation for everyone. It has to be as easy as taking a photo", and from what we saw on stage, that certainly seems true.

A Community panel lets you pull in content created by other users, and creations you make or import, can be viewed in PowerPoint, and in 360 degrees through Microsoft’s Hololens AR headset. At the event, Microsoft also revealed a new app called HoloTour that works with regular VR headsets and HoloLens, and will let users explore locations around the world.

Microsoft is adding 3D support to Word, Excel and PowerPoint over the next year, and says Microsoft Edge will be the first browser to fully embrace 3D -- can you spot the theme here?

You can find out more about Paint 3D in the video below:

And more about 3D in Windows 10 Creators Update in this new clip.

A new Twitch-like option in the Creators Update will let Xbox owners broadcast their games. This is powered by Beam, which Microsoft acquired in August. The Update also gains faster and easier sharing -- drag and drop content to your favorite people -- and the ability to aggregate multiple communication platforms, such as email, Skype, and SMS.

The first builds of  Windows 10 Creators Update will be made available to Windows Insiders later this week. The update will be available to all in Spring 2017.

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