Microsoft To Usher In 'Mixed Reality' Technology On Oct. 17

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Microsoft To Usher In 'Mixed Reality' Technology On Oct. 17

With the Fall Creators Update, the company also introduced new features like Windows Inking, revamped Photos app, One Drive files on-demand, and more.

According to executive vice president of Windows and devices Terry Myerson, the Fall Creators Update will also support eye-tracking, which makes it easier for those who can't use their limbs to navigate the OS. Windows Find my Pen fixes that in the Fall Creators Update.

Technically billed as mixed reality products, these will essentially work the same way as a Rift or Vive, beaming the user into a "new reality" by combining "physical and digital worlds".

This also applies to Timeline-supported Microsoft apps running on your smartphone. Needless to say the company has been testing the release with its army of Insiders and the fall update is expected to feature an impressive change log. Asus won't be releasing its Windows Mixed Reality headset until Spring 2018, despite showing off its unique polygon design at IFA this week.

For those without a headset, there will be a Mixed Reality viewer within Windows 10 on desktop. Windows Defender Antivirus will also begin pulling information from analysis of the billions of data points available via Microsoft's Intelligent Security Graph, to better identify threats and improve protection. For more analysis of Microsoft, visit the IBD Stock Checkup. Microsoft plans to target these features first at advanced video game players using VR headsets, with business applications to follow, officials said.

Microsoft's been pushing mixed reality hard, introducing Paint 3D earlier this year, and the Fall Creators Update's View 3D adds the ability to view mixed reality creations on your device's screen if it's equipped with a camera. When bundled with motion controller, the headset will cost $449. Then it will hit Windows Update. And, if you love these Xbox play anywhere games, coming on November 7 you can play them on the most powerful console on the planet, Xbox One X.

Lenovo's Mixed Reality headset is called The Explorer, which seems fitting given that by using the headset you'll be able to explore a wide range of different content from games to media.

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