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Windows 10 Build 15048 Has a Windows Mixed Reality Demo You Can Try (betanews.com) 42

Microsoft's big push into mixed reality involves headsets from multiple manufacturers (including ASUS, Dell, HP, Lenovo), and developer kits with Acer's headset will begin a phased rollout this month. But Windows 10's latest "Insider Preview" build already includes a mixed reality simulator with a first-person 3D environment that can be navigated with the W, A, S and D keys. Slashdot reader Mark Wilson writes: From the look of the changelog for Windows 10 build 15048 that was released a few days ago to Insiders, it looked to be little more than a bug fixing release. But in fact Microsoft has already started to include references to -- and even a portal for -- Windows Mixed Reality. We have seen reference to Windows Holographic in Windows 10 before, but this is the first time there has been anything to play with. It coincides nicely with Microsoft revealing that Windows Mixed Reality is the new name for Windows Holographic, and it gives Insiders the chance to not only see if their computer meets the recommended specs, but also to try out a Windows Mixed reality simulation.
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Windows 10 Build 15048 Has a Windows Mixed Reality Demo You Can Try

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Really impressive technology coming from Microsoft, keep it up!

  • Blurring the line between reality and fiction since 1975!

  • by fibonacci8 ( 260615 ) on Sunday March 05, 2017 @07:28PM (#53981931)
    It looks like Second Life and Microsoft Bob had a child.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Let it be knows as: Second Bob

    • I gotta admit, I was less than thrilled.

      I assumed that the concept of "mixed reality" was less like "virtual reality" and more like "augmented reality." So I watched the video and assumed that the house was supposed to be real. And the guy is talking about how I can scan my actual chair and create something similar in my "virtual world"? Why do I care? Oh, and a record player represents music. I assume I can leaf through a bunch of albums and singles kind of like a I used to do versus that whole search

      • I gotta admit, I was less than thrilled.

        I think this every time I have the chance to test VR, and I suspect most other people do too.

        VR will go the way of 3D TV's.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          Don't you mean the second round of VR since I was doing VR in 1997 with a vfx-1 helmet.


  • ... a reality in which Windows 10 doesn't suck?

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      The mixed reality where M$ monitors all your activity 24/7. Think of the privacy delights of altered reality, glasses that you put on the moment you wake and only are allowed to take off the moment you go to bed. Ahh, wonderful, thank you and fuck off M$.

      I'll wait for the Linux version that watches out for you privacy the moment you put them on and only stops trying to protect your privacy the moment you take them off ie 'Warning, Probe Attempting, source M$, shutting down access'. They are becoming very m

  • If it could offer me a reality where Windows doesn't make me miserable 40 hours a week, that would be great. I've had to start dealing with Windows Server 2012R2 and it makes me want to shove hot pokers in my eyes to escape the pain of the layout of the new GUI. On top of that the enormous flaw in the .NET implementation on it also breaks some of the applications that are most critical to my work, and nobody seems to give a shit about that problem.

    I would set up a VM inside of the 2012 server to run 7
  • I'd prefer I J K L, burned into muscle memory since Lode Runner on the Apple ][+

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Windows 10, and likely all future versions of Windows, do not exist for me. An operating system which snoops, displays advertisements, and updates, all without me explicitly opting in, and all without the ability to fully, easily, and perpetually opt out, is totally unacceptable.

  • I can't believe they didn't call it Windows Windows...
  • by Tomahawk ( 1343 ) on Monday March 06, 2017 @05:21AM (#53983637) Homepage

    I never liked the WASD keys. I understand the reason, but I find that to use those keys I'm twisting my wrist - even with just positioning my hand that way as I type this I can feel an unnatural strain.

    Personally, I always remap these to DSXC, which is a more natural angle for my hand, and the keys seems to fit more comfortably under the fingers too, especially as I normally would be using forward, left, and right mostly, and not using back a lot. It generally means mapping some other keys too to fit around them as these are normally mapped with WASD in mind.

    Yeah, not really a lot to do with this story in general, but I do wonder if others do something similar...

  • Every update of Windows 10 seems to include more and more extraneus things which really don't belong in an OS. The OS should be lean, and if you wished, you should be able to install all these extras.
    As it's now, Windows 10 includes lots of Microsoft software I have no use for that just wastes bits on my HD.
    Of course, I'm not talking about the spying/telemetry since it's pretty obvious that's one of the main features (for MS) of Win 10 and sure as hell they're not gonna remove it.

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