More notable changes are on the inside. It runs Windows 11 Pro with an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11370H processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics. Microsoft says it has a 50 percent increase in CPU performance and doubled graphics performance. As for accessories, the Studio 2+ comes with the Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, and Surface Mouse.
The Bluetooth-connected Presenter+ is designed for anyone whose workday includes presentations in Microsoft Teams. You can use it to mute and unmute yourself and join meeting rooms during a video call. When you have to present, you can use Presenter+ to cycle through slideshows and guide your colleagues to specific content with the on-screen pointer. There’s also a dedicated Teams button that lets you raise or lower your hand. Microsoft claims up to six days of battery life on a single charge.
Microsoft Audio Dock
The Audio Dock features speakers (with a 15-watt woofer and 5-watt tweeter), a microphone, and a pass-through PC charger, all in one compact design. With four ports, including one HDMI, two USB-C, and one USB-A, you can use it to plug in up to two monitors and charge your phone without cluttering up your desk. Dual front-facing microphones also help with noise cancellation, and there’s a mute button for video calls, Microsoft says.
Back in May, at its annual Capability Summit, Microsoft unveiled new PC hardware for people with reduced mobility, which will be released later this year. These adaptive accessories will be officially available on October 25th. The range includes devices such as adaptive mice, programmable buttons and hubs that connect them wirelessly to PCs. You can read more about the hardware here.
New creator tools in Microsoft 365
It’s not just about hardware. Microsoft is also introducing new creator features in Microsoft 365, Microsoft Edge, and Bing. In Microsoft 365, there’s a new Microsoft Designer application for creating graphics, invitations, digital postcards, and more. Powered by OpenAI’s DALL-E 2, it will generate images and designs for you to help save time. The tool will also be integrated into Microsoft Edge, so you can use it in a browser window as well. You’ll have access to a similar tool in Bing called Image Creator.
For video makers, there’s Clipchamp, the video editing software Microsoft acquired in September 2021. It is available through a browser in Windows 11. Finally, there’s a new website called Microsoft Create. With access to Designer and Clipchamp, as well as PowerPoint, Word, and more, you’ll be able to create graphic designs, videos, and presentations in one place.
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