Tech Wednesday #8: Microsoft

At about noon today I was stumped as to what I was going to write about for tonight’s post. Really, I had no idea. Contemplating not writing, but I took a break earlier and decided that I could maybe pick an aviation topic and write a long lengthy post full of acronyms no one knows the meaning of.

And then Microsoft happened.

Microsoft officially announced Windows 10 today, and from what I can see it strays off of the confusing metro tile interface and back into more of a Windows 7-y look. Which I absolutely love. I never could use Windows 8 at all, and coming back to a more conventional interface will be awesome. Also, as just a little side note just barely worth mentioning, it’s free for any user of Windows 7/8/8.1 for a year. And I don’t mean you simply defer paying for a year, I mean you can download Windows 10 for free up to a year after its release and not pay a dime. This. Is. Awesome! I’m super excited for Windows 10 and hope it’s a great release.

Microsoft also unveiled a product never before seen. Well, that’s not exactly true, but take a look at this video.

This, it goes without saying, is the future. This is the brainchild of 8 years of VR (Virtual Reality) research and failure. This isn’t another Google Glass kind of thing, where the device exists to respond to your commands quickly and then zip out of vision. This HoloLens is an entire computer that wants to immerse you in Tony Stark’s world and be productive until you take it off. Sure it will look dorky and iteration 1.0 definitely isn’t a slim sexy gadget, but it’ll get there. Remember the first cell phones? Hell, remember the first iPhones? You could kill a bull elephant just from the blunt trauma of getting hit with one. The same will go with these HoloLens. I bet they’ll be fragile and a little unresponsive at times, but that’s what a first build is all about.

The two major things about this will be battery life and cost. If anyone even thought about wearing this out in public, it would need to last a full day, and no one is gonna pay a grand for a glorified pair of sunglasses. Just look at Google Glass. All that being said, this is super awesome tech. I hope I can get my hands on these at some time, and the future looks bright.

Thanks for reading.

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