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Holograms! Also, What Else Microsoft Announced At Its Windows 10 Event

22/01/2015 by Sharon Shahzad

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Microsoft billed its Wednesday event as an introduction to Windows 10. But what everyone's going to remember are the holograms.

That's because Microsoft finally found a secret it could keep. A little more than halfway through its presentation here in Redmond, Wash., executive Alex Kipman took the stage to unveil an entirely new Windows project: Windows Holographic, a new software architecture for displaying virtual holograms.

Of course, Holographic requires special hardware, and Microsoft unveiled that, too, in the form of self-contained smart goggles it calls HoloLens. This is a self-contained computing system that can project holographic images onto surfaces and into space that the user can then manipulate, save, copy and share.

The HoloLens demos were unquestionably impressive. In one, a Microsoft employee used software called Holo Studio to build a model of a virtual drone—one that could be 3D-printed and built (at least up to a point). In others, NASA scientists used the technology to "walk" on Mars and a related app to control a Mars rover.

HoloLens sort of stole the show, although the presentation raised far more questions than it answered. Kipman described the headset as the "first untethered holographic computer," noting that it requires no cables, no associated smartphone or computer and no external cameras. It does, of course, work with Windows 10; holographic APIs will be included in every version of Windows 10.

But basics like pricing, battery life and availability are yet to be determined, although the device will supposedly be available around the time Windows 10 ships. Which will be at some unspecified point later this year.

The HoloLens demos were unquestionably impressive. In one, a Microsoft employee used software called Holo Studio to build a model of a virtual drone—one that could be 3D-printed and built (at least up to a point). In others, NASA scientists used the technology to "walk" on Mars and a related app to control a Mars rover.

HoloLens sort of stole the show, although the presentation raised far more questions than it answered. Kipman described the headset as the "first untethered holographic computer," noting that it requires no cables, no associated smartphone or computer and no external cameras. It does, of course, work with Windows 10; holographic APIs will be included in every version of Windows 10.

But basics like pricing, battery life and availability are yet to be determined, although the device will supposedly be available around the time Windows 10 ships. Which will be at some unspecified point later this year.

The Rest Of The Story

Of course, there's lots of news as well on Windows 10, the long-awaited replacement to the enormous kludge that was Windows 8.

The new OS is a reboot of Microsoft's tentpole Windows franchise worthy of J.J. Abrams. It effectively undoes most of Windows 8's most egregious errors—specifically its clumsy mishmash of desktop and mobile-oriented interface features—and aims to lay the groundwork for the company's mobile ambitions.

Of course, there's lots of news as well on Windows 10, the long-awaited replacement to the enormous kludge that was Windows 8.

The new OS is a reboot of Microsoft's tentpole Windows franchise worthy of J.J. Abrams. It effectively undoes most of Windows 8's most egregious errors—specifically its clumsy mishmash of desktop and mobile-oriented interface features—and aims to lay the groundwork for the company's mobile ambitions.

This article has been extracted from http://readwrite.com, please click on this link to read the article in full http://readwrite.com/2015/01/21/windows-10-consumer-preview-cheat-sheet

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