Windows on the future

Microsoft image of a man using a virtual reality headset

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Yesterday’s Windows event included a number of intriguing announcements, not least a new operating system called Windows Holographic. The system works with a virtual reality headset to enable users to interact with graphics and video in a three dimensional space.

Although there have been a few companies working in this field for a while, the focus so far has been on gaming. Microsoft’s adoption is likely to inspire more mainstream take-up and it will be interesting to see how long it is before there are educational applications. Life-size architectural models, perhaps? The surface of another planet? Or whole new dimensions for lecture capture?

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