Windows 10 unveiling event was focused mainly on the new operating system. But a handful of other announcements made it a much more exciting reveal than anyone expected.
First up was the Windows 10 preview. Incorporating the same design we have seen since Windows 8, Microsoft seems to have settled on the block modules as their way of getting around the desktop vs mobile vs tablet design issue that has crept up since the increase in touchscreen technology.
There were a couple of differences in look, mainly with the icons that have been slightly changed. You can also expand the display into a full screen module version on the PC, and it can work between touchscreens and mouse/keyboard use quickly.
Outside The Window
Really, the biggest news items of the day were only vaguely related to the operating system, or not at all. Some of the more juicy details to be released were:
1) They will be offering free upgrades for anyone running Windows 7 or higher, for the first year of the Windows 10 release.
2) They have officially scrapped Internet Explorer, as rumored. Instead, they will be introducing a new browser for both PC and mobile, code named Project Spartan. It will include a number of integrated features for user friendliness, such as a reading list, and the ability to manually mark pages.
3) Cortana is going to be available for PC’s, and has been expanded to provide a more personable personal assistant experience through her unique AI interface.
The Future Of Holograms
My personal favorite sneak peek came from Microsoft HoloLens. It is a pair of 3D holographic goggles that project images, and are supposed to integrate with various programs and features, such as Skype. Very cool, very cutting edge, and probably very far from being released in full.
The goggles are a project that has been a long time coming. Alex Kipman, an incredible inventor and one of Microsoft’s greatest assets (in my opinion), has been working on the concept in theory and prototype for the last seven years. In fact, it was his idea that led to the development of the Kinect, an offshoot of the original concept.
What is so enticing about these goggles is not the over the top advertising that was shown for them. It isn’t the hype. It is that Microsoft is actually taking a step in a different direction than other virtual reality devices, and trying to create something completely new and functional.
This isn’t just augmented reality, or some kind of gaming device. It is a total revamp of the current Kinect technology, which will allow users to really interact with their environment through voice and gesture commands.
What is even more amazing is that this thing isn’t just an idea. The goggles exist. HoloLens has been tested by engineers, employees, and even a couple of journalists. It is happening, even if we have a while to wait before it is market launched.
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