Microsoft details Surface Book, Surface 4, new Xbox One UI and the Band 2

Microsoft had quite a few announcements to share with the press today, including the new Surface 4, a Lumia flagship phone and new Microsoft Band devices. All of the devices works with the new Windows 10 OS and many take advantage of the Windows Hello login, the Cortana experiences and introduce the improved touch and pen experiences on Surface. Microsoft also introduced the Continuum for phones, which enables the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL phones to work like PCs.

Microsoft announced that Windows 10 is running on 110 million devices around the world, making the new OS the fastest start in the company’s history. In fact, Windows 10 is seeing upgrades at three times the rate of Windows 7 in the same time period. With more than 1.25 billion visits to the Windows Store, Microsoft announced all-new universal apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipagram, Uber, and others. These apps add to the existing Windows 10 experiences that will be available on the new Microsoft devices.

“With Windows 10 and these new Microsoft devices, you are at the center of magical new experiences,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We’re moving people from needing to choosing to loving Windows, and these devices promise to fuel even more enthusiasm and opportunity for the entire Windows ecosystem.”

The highlight of the event was the introduction to Microsoft’s new Surface Book — a powerful, high-performance laptop with responsive pen and touch support. The ultra thin, Surface Book combines the impressive power of 6th Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors with up to 12 hours of battery life.

Built at 13.5-inches, the optically bonded PixelSense Display delivers a high-contrast 267 dpi display with improved latency and parallax. The screen also detaches, so it can be used like a clipboard to sketch, take notes and benefit from Windows programs like Microsoft Edge. An optional discrete GPU allows Surface Book to harness the full power of hardware-accelerated graphics for seamless video editing, fast rendering or immersive gaming.

Microsoft also introduced Surface Pro 4, the thinnest, lightest and most powerful tablet that can replace your laptop. At only 8.4 mm thin, it features a stunning 12.3-inch PixelSense Display and 6th Generation Intel Core m, Core i5, and Core i7 processors.

The Surface Pro 4 is not only 30% more powerful than Surface Pro 3 but also quieter, runs cooler, and is even more efficient with up to nine hours of battery life.The new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover6 takes Surface Pro 4 from tablet to laptop in an instant and features a redesigned mechanical keyboard with optimal key spacing for fast and fluid typing.

Backwards compatible with Surface Pro 3, the new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover comes with an optional fingerprint reader, bringing the convenience and enterprise-grade security of Windows Hello to existing customers. The redesigned Surface Pen packs 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, letting you write, draw and mark documents with precision ink on one end and an eraser on the other.

Surface Book, Surface Pro 4 and new accessories are available for preorder in select markets Oct. 7, then for purchase in Canada and the United States on Oct. 26, with additional markets to follow.

The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are the first Windows 10 Lumia phones and the newest premium phones from Microsoft. With Continuum capability for phones enhanced by the new Microsoft Display Dock accessory, connect the phone to a monitor and transform it for larger-screen entertainment, or add a keyboard and mouse to work like a PC with Windows 10 apps like Microsoft Office, while simultaneously taking calls or performing other tasks.

With the latest-generation PureView cameras with 20-megapixel sensors, triple LED natural flash and 4K video capture, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL enable faster focus and crisper images and videos even in challenging conditions. Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will become available in select markets in November.

Microsoft also announced the Microsoft Band 2. The new Microsoft Band features a new curved display and Cortana enables you to reply to texts or set reminders with the touch of a button. Alongside a continuous optical heart rate monitor and onboard GPS, the smart band still tracks calories burned, deep exercise and sleep quality — and now records floors climbed — all while maintaining up to two-day battery life.

Microsoft Health is available as a universal Windows app, a dedicated app for iOS and Android devices, and via a Web Dashboard, all enabling people to set wellness goals and receive actionable insights. The Microsoft Band 2 is available for preorder in select markets Oct. 6, then for purchase in the United States on Oct. 30, with additional markets to follow.

Gamers might remember Microsoft HoloLens from E3 2015 but Microsoft had a few more announcements to share with the community this morning. Starting today, Microsoft is inviting applications for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition and will start shipping in Q1 2016 for $3,000. The company also announced that the new Xbox One experience will launch around the world in November.

This free update is a complete redesign built on the cornerstone of Windows 10 and provides the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. Also launching in November, Xbox One Backward Compatibility lets you play your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One for free with 100 games at launch and hundreds more in the months ahead.

Backward-compatible Xbox 360 games will also be playable on Windows 10 through game streaming from Xbox One to Windows 1010. Games like “Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider,” “Forza Motorsport 6,” and “Gears of War: Ultimate Edition” cement this holiday as the greatest lineup in Xbox history.

Whether it’s the Xbox One “Halo 5: Guardians” Limited Edition Bundle, the Xbox One 1TB “Fallout 4” Bundle that includes both the critically acclaimed “Fallout 4” and a full-game download of “Fallout 3” for Xbox 360, the Xbox One Elite Bundle, or the Xbox One 1TB Holiday Bundle, “there’s a console for every gamer,” Microsoft says.

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