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Microsoft promising free Holographic update for Windows 10 PCs in 2017

Microsoft promising free Holographic update for Windows 10 PCs in 2017
Microsoft promising free Holographic update for Windows 10 PCs in 2017
Intel and Microsoft will iron out the specifications and hardware necessary to bring "mixed reality" VR applications to all mainstream Windows 10 PCs by next year.

VP of Windows and Devices at Microsoft Terry Myerson announced an ongoing partnership with Intel at IDF this week to include augmented or "mixed reality" applications as a free update for Windows 10 PCs. Called Windows Holographic, its concept was already made public earlier this year at Computex, but its vision and goals have been made clearer at IDF 2016 alongside its relationship with HoloLens.

Windows Holographic may launch alongside the next Redstone update for both consumers and businesses that is currently scheduled for early 2017. The platform will allow for users with compatible VR headsets to move in a mixed reality environment to interact with both 2D and 3D objects and applications as illustrated by the concept video below. Intel will be working closely with Microsoft on nailing down specifications and the hardware requirements for driving the graphics.

According to Myerson, an Intel NUC was able to run the the mixed reality demo in 90 FPS. A public release of the initial specifications for Windows Holographic is expected to be ready by December in time for the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) conference in China.

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Alexander Fagot/ Allen Ngo, 2016-08-20 (Update: 2016-08-20)
Allen Ngo
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.