Published: Sat, September 02, 2017
Research | By Francis Brooks

Microsoft pushes 'mixed reality' features with Windows 10 update

Microsoft pushes 'mixed reality' features with Windows 10 update

The Lenovo Explorer device requires a PC to operate and runs applications developed for WMR or Microsoft HoloLens and other AR/VR devices. "By combining our physical and digital worlds, we believe mixed reality is the next step in the evolution of human computing", said Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, in a September 1 announcement.

Microsoft also announced plans by a range of computer makers to introduce new hardware for businesses, consumers and video gamers created to take advantage of so-called "mixed reality" features in the October software release.

Batteries on newer laptops and tablets should also last longer when running Windows 10, due to the new Power Throttling feature.

But while there's quite a lot being added, the eagerly anticipated Timeline feature is not going to make it in time for this particular update.

Microsoft announced their new Windows 10 Mixed Reality initiative for the home computing platform.

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"Our mission at Microsoft is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more", said Microsoft Windows chief Terry Myerson in a press release.

Gaming: Game Mode has been updated, and new Xbox Play Anywhere games are coming including Forza Motorsport 7 and Cuphead.

The update also comes with some improvements to Windows Ink, allowing you to mark up PDF files in the Edge browser. Although presented as mixed reality, this platform is actually entirely virtual.

Global plans for Mixed Reality headsets have been pretty quiet so far, but at least there's a British price. When bundled with motion controller, the headset will cost $449. Asus won't be releasing its Windows Mixed Reality headset until Spring 2018, despite showing off its unique polygon design at IFA this week.

Microsoft has finally announced the release date for the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators update.

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