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Coming Soon by Microsoft : Modern PCs, Mixed Reality and more

Microsoft has proven be one of the top innovators of this century, evident by products such as HoloLens and Surface Studio. Microsoft continues to be one of the top contender in software and hardware field with its regular improvements to its products, that take the competition to the next level.

As announced in this new Blog post by Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group, they are moving towards a new era of computing, the mixed reality. They want to make mixed reality devices affordable and mainstream by 2017. They’ve partnered with Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo to develop HMDs (Head Mounted Displays) that run on Windows 10. HoloLens has been sent for government approval in China so that customers in China can get their hands on the device. Also, Game Developers Conference in San Francisco will have HMD kits available for developers. Mixed reality brings virtual reailty closer to the real world through interaction between physical objects with the virtual ones. With enough effort world might soon be free from traditional screen computing and enter into new era of mixed reality.


” Mixed reality blends people, places, and objects to create exciting new experiences across the physical and virtual worlds. From fully immersive virtual reality to self-contained holographic computing, experiences like these will be available on Windows 10 PCs and a variety of headsets. “


 

Along with mixed reality, improvements to regular PCs is also envisioned by Microsoft. Microsoft in collaboration with Intel aims to bring latest in advanced security, artificial intelligence and Cortana, mixed reality, and gaming to customers. This has been codenamed “Project Evo” Project Evo is going to bring many innovations in the field of personal computing, including :

  • Far-field speech communications so you can ask Cortana a question or play a song from across the room.
  • The latest security capabilities to protect devices from malware and hacking threats, advances in biometric authentication with Windows Hello, sophisticated insights from Microsoft’s Intelligent Security Graph, additional world-class security intelligence, and analytics from Intel.
  • Mixed reality experiences for everyone through affordable PCs and head mounted displays (HMDs) that blend the physical and virtual realities in ways that no other platform can.
    • Gaming innovations like eSports, game broadcasting and support for 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR), Wide Color Gamut (WCG), spatial audio, and Xbox controllers with native Bluetooth.

      ” Windows 10 Creators Update and partnerships with Intel and Qualcomm empower Windows hardware engineering community to build the next wave of modern devices for the creator in each of us. “


Microsoft has been working with its Hardware partners to build cellular PCs that will run on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. These PCs will run on Windows 10 and support x86 Win32 apps and UWP apps. As shown in this video, Qualcomm Snapdragon performs quite well despite being a mobile chipset.

In future updates, eSIM technology will be coming over to Windows 10. Costumers will be able to directly buy data from the Windows store and manage it more efficiently. This would lead to creation of devices without any physical or exposed SIM.

Microsoft has received quite mixed reviews this year for its product Windows 10 and Xbox One. A lot is due to happen in 2017, like the much anticipated Surface Phone, and the Windows 10 Creators Update, with the above described plans it might prove to be a healthy year for Microsoft.

Images and story via Windows Blog post.

 

 

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