Microsoft unveils its vision for the future

Mixed reality and gaming on software giant’s roadmap

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was among the new announcements made at the Microsoft Keynote on Friday. The Mixed Reality software is now fully encompassed in Windows 10, which will be available on October 17.

Microsoft began investing in Mixed Reality in 2009. The software will now enable users to “escape into an amazing experience,” said Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group “Instead of reading National Geographic, you’ll now be able to experience it in your family room, with full-sized sharks floating by,” he said. “For the first time we’re talking about a Mixed Reality system that fully immerses. Just put your headset on and experience the mixed world. At the same time it leaves your hands free to interact with that mixed world.”

Myerson said the Mixed Reality system will be available from a number of partners at various price points, starting at €252.
He traced the development of mixed reality, from the HoloLens technology developed in Microsoft labs, which he said had since been used in industry – specifically by Japan Airlines to train its engineers. “There are very exciting commercial applications for HoloLens,” he said. “But in the context of today the most exciting thing about HoloLens is how it helped us understand what we needed to do to enable our partners to build Mixed Reality Headsets at scale and do it at these incredibly low price points.” Nick Parker, Corporate Vice President OEM Sales and Marketing said “Microsoft is adding huge value with work, home and school,” he said. “Every day, one billion people wake up and use Windows. This is a responsibility that we take incredibly seriously. And it turns us full circle to Microsoft’s mission: to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more”.

Photo: Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft