Microsoft next month is to upgrade its flagship OS so that the newest generation of software and hardware devices of Windows 10 can click into virtual and augmented reality techs, managers claimed last week.
The software update, its 4th update, will be provided from next month to current users of Windows 10 operating on over 500 Million devices, the firm claimed. Microsoft also declared plans by virtual reality headset and computer makers to roll out new hardware for consumers, businesses, and video gamers to take benefit of alleged features of mixed reality in the software release due next month.
“We are allowing you to plunge yourself in a new reality dubbed mixed reality,” Executive Vice President of Windows at Microsoft, Terry Myerson, claimed to the media at the IFA consumer electronics fair in a speech at Berlin. Mixed reality is the word Microsoft utilizes to explain software that wraps both virtual and augmented reality.
Augmented reality covers sounds, text, video, and graphics on real-world pictures that consumers really view in front of them, while virtual reality makes completely computer-originated worlds. The multimedia content can be seen on TV displays, computers, tablets, smartphones, or on dedicated goggles in the case of virtual reality. Microsoft aims to target these features initially at improved video games utilizing VR headsets along with business apps to follow, said officials.
The move of Microsoft arrives since the U.S. tech majors, such as Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook, along with China’s Baidu, gradually battle more to make artificial intelligence, together with augmented reality and cloud-based services, integrated into the upcoming computer platform. Ben Schachter, an industry analyst, claimed this week in a research note that contrasting to virtual reality needing particular goggles to view, augmented reality operates on handsets and other current devices, making it very much handier. He forecasted far-reaching effects in entertainment and gaming, as well as manufacturing, communications, health, fitness, and retail.
Microsoft, which has mainly remade itself into a provider of cloud services catered to via the Internet, has shifted to an approximately 6-month roll out cycle for updates of the feature for Windows from its 3-year roll out cycle for disk-based variants of its OS software.