Slowly, but surely, Microsoft is transforming itself into a company that’s innovative and which, foremost, wants its customers to view it as thinking forward. And my personal feeling is that its new CEO, Satya Nadella, is the man responsible for this fresh approach.
During today’s event, Microsoft’s boss said the following, which I think is essential to how he wants to shape the company’s main product: ‘when it comes to Windows as a service, it’s a pretty profound change‘. So that’s what he and his team are trying to achieve – to transform Windows from a product to a service or, at least, to add features to it that will make it perceived as a service.
If you have been following Microsoft-related rumors, then you probably know the company has been rumored to release a VR headset. This is now reality as the Redmond-based company has announced its HoloLens headset, powered by Windows Holographic, a modified version of Windows 10 that lets you insert virtual elements into the real world. So, it’s not virtual reality but rather AR.
Microsoft hopes that with Windows Holographic it will help its users perform better surgeries, learn on-the-go, play immersive games. The headset will let you create objects in a 3D space and then interact with them through Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. What’s really cool is that you can even 3D print these holographic objects. Microsoft boasts that HoloLens is the first fully untethered holographic computer.
The device features its own CPU, GPU, and a dedicated holographic processor. HoloLens is still in its early stage of development, but Microsoft said it will will be made available within the Windows 10 timeframe. The VR headset features see-through lenses, advanced sensors, spatial surround sound and it doesn’t even require a connection to a PC or another device.
Microsoft is also launching the HoloStudio that allows users to create their own holograms, but at the moment we don’t know how will that work. And if you’re wondering how much it will cost, unfortunately we don’t know right now. If you are just as excited as we are, go ahead and have a look at the videos from below and also leave your comment.