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Shit Just Got Real

April 30, 2015

UPDATE: The Keynote is here, and the HoloLens stuff starts at 2:28:00.

Edge will also be capable of supporting Chrome and Firefox extensions, allowing developers to carry their favourite plug-ins to the new browser.

Microsoft’s Alex Kipman, inventor of the Kinect motion camera for Xbox, demonstrated how Windows 10 apps would run on Hololens, the company’s augmented reality holographic headset.

Announced earlier this year, Hololens beams light onto its wearer’s eyes to create the illusion of a 3D hologram within the surrounding physical environment.

Kipman confirmed all existing Windows 10 apps would be compatible with the headset, and announced the Windows Holographic Platform for developers to create their own appsSource.

But wait, there’s more!

  1. April 30, 2015 10:59 am

    This years Build Conference was madness. Also, Halolens presence has been confirmed for this years E3.

    Some notable Windows stuff:

    — Cross platform app development looks amazing (universal apps)
    — Visual studio for Mac and Linux (free)
    — iOS and Android apps can be dragged and dropped into visual studio and windows will port to windows automatically. (they used iOS candy crush and within seconds, were running the app in windows).

    These are BIG wins for developers. Microsoft these days is not even recognizable compared to the last decade.

    • April 30, 2015 5:11 pm

      HoloLens is no effin’ joke. And Universal apps is unbelievable making THE device to own a Windows 10 device. Microsoft’s new campaign should be:

      “Get Windows 10.”

      “Get EVERYTHING or GTFO!”


      Seriously, Virtual Reality devices can do their thing, I want HoloLens, now. With one of those, I get to completely bypass ever buying a large panel display. I get to watch 60″ lying in my bed looking at the ceiling, without disturbing Chiiko. If my cackling bothers her, then I just go to my Laz-y-Boy and continue the show there. This is a serious game changer, and MS has the money and the focus (including the management prowess) to pull this shit off so that it doesn’t matter if other companies try to mimic. They won’t be able to catch up. Oh, and the pron watchers will still love their Rifts, but I am all over this HoloLens stuff (assuming they have elegant vision impaired solutions).

      For a critical perspective: Znet.

    • April 30, 2015 6:20 pm

      Regarding that article:

      Microsoft’s ecosystem isn’t such that they can even survive without making a move like this. There is NO reason for a dev to make a windows platform app, vs iOS and android which have huge markets of people eagerly waiting to buy.

      The argument about emulation performance on andriod doesn’t matter in the scope of what most of these apps do (when running on xbox or a PC). I can see the arugment for windows phones, but after porting over, there is NOTHING preventing you from optimizing on that platform. 95% of the work is already done for you.

      In terms of complexitiy of moving the projects over from iOS, same thing. Even if it requires several hours to get it working, this is still an insane amount of work saved by the developer.

      There seems to be a major logic flaw with his perspective. Windows Phone market is small compared to iOS/Android. There is already NO reason to develop on that platform. Giving the ability to port, is the only way they will grow their community.

      Plus, even if Windows Phone only has 5% of the market, any major app maker will spend the small amount of effort to port for that revenue.

      ALSO, with the universal app platform, they are porting their apps to more than just windows phone. windows PC, xbox and both very large markets in their own right.

    • Herandar permalink
      May 1, 2015 10:36 am

      As a Windows Phone user, I am extremely pleased with the news.

  2. April 30, 2015 6:45 pm

    Zos, thanks for your rebuttal of that article. Agreed 100%.

    Somehow, this video seems relevant.

  3. April 30, 2015 9:41 pm

    Major OT

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  4. May 1, 2015 4:44 pm

  5. Blankman permalink*
    May 1, 2015 9:33 pm

    Analysts have speculated that the HoloLens could be priced around $400. Yikes! As I’ve text chatted with Zos earlier during the week, the stage demo showed off several cool applications, but I’m waiting for the game-centric utility demos outside of Minecraft.

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