Microsoft pushes AR/VR features with upcoming Windows 10 update

Lenovo's Explorer Mixed Reality headset starts at just $349.99

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

The major software upgrade, its fourth update, will be offered starting October 17 to existing customers of Windows 10 running on roughly 550 million devices, the company said.

"With the Fall Creators Update we are introducing some fun new ways to get creative", he enthused.

Microsoft will begin rolling out the Fall Creators Update on October 17, although it's likely to be a staged rollout, with the company testing it on newer devices and gradually pushing it out to others as it gets more feedback. Inputs will also change, with support for eye-tracking and the ability to more widely and more easily use digital pens.

The update will also introduce Windows Inking - which lets you draw directly onto PDFs, and employs Smart Ink, which improves the shapes you draw and constructs tables from boxes. The Lenovo Explorer headset connects to a modern Windows 10-based PC using USB and HDMI cables and blends virtual reality with the real world. Now that the software is officially on the table, it should not be long before Microsoft's various partners reveal new computers designed around mixed reality.




As always, there are Windows Defender improvements to keep your system more secure, and there are accessibility improvements as well.

Microsoft announced the drop date on Friday at Europe's biggest tech conference IFA 2017 in Berlin. And we can't forget that the Fall Creators Update will unlock the power of the Windows Mixed Reality platform.

While the HoloLens, which is aimed at developers and used by NASA and Audi among others, costs thousands of pounds, the new headsets and motion controller bundle will be priced at £399.

A new device, Fujitsu Lifebook P727, will be available also, but with Windows 10 S installed by default. The headsets will start at $299. That may sound impossible but there's one caveat: On iOS and Android the feature is powered by SwiftKey (that's the keyboard app Microsoft acquired for $250 million last year), so you'll need to have that app installed in order to use the feature.

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