Microsoft’s ‘Build’ing the future

So Microsoft just did the Build developer conference, and there are some things I want to talk about.

The first may be obvious, the mixed reality.

At the conference, Microsoft displayed an interesting experience they developed that blurred the lines between VR and AR, creating an experience that was a large puzzle board type island that included such places as a beach, a forest, and a volcano. What was the island for? Well, what happened was that two groups of people were given separate hardware, one group received the Hololens, and the other got the Acer VR headset. When they put their respective devices on, the Hololens people got a bird’s eye view of the island watching little avatars roam around the island. The avatars? Well, those are the people wearing the Acer headsets. It was kind of like a sandbox/puzzle adventure thing where the people on the island would go around and solve puzzles like stacking colored blocks and launching a rocket out of the volcano, and the Hololens guys would stand up above it all and shoot down lighting bolts and mess with the guys in VR.

I really wish I could have been there to seethat, even try it, I wouldn’t have stopped smiling for weeks (contrary to previous articles, I don’t hate VR). I would have loved to play god on a bunch of unsuspecting islanders or wandering the depths of the island solving puzzles to stay alive. I’ve talked about VR and AR before, but one thing I didn’t mention was the potential in combining these two technologies. Of course, VR is the system that makes up AR, but AR can’t do full immersion into another reality without becoming VR. Thus there is a purpose of combining them in such a way like what happened at Build. This could go farther than a simple fun game, I could see this being implemented in something like construction where you can zoom out with AR and project a scaled image in front you on the ground, and then switch to VR and construct a building around you virtually to predict what it would look like and what faults may occur. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg, there are truly great things to be achieved with this.

Aside from the mixed reality excitement, Microsoft also had time enough to let the public in on what their plan is for world domination.

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What is that, you ask? Well, it’s merely in its early stages at this point, but what’s going on is that Microsoft is trying to implement Cortana as a Windows-wide aid that can access all your personal information across every Windows device you own. They’re trying to improve her with the newly released Cortana Skills Pack which will theoretically help with monitoring workplaces to improve safety and live speech translation for PowerPoint.

Alongside that was a preview of what is to come with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, including features like Timeline which allows you to go back in time in any work session allowing you to edit whatever whenever you wrote it using a visual timeline. This feature will also spread across all Windows, iOS and Android devices. Another feature being revealed will be the Fluent Design system that they developed so that people will be able to create apps more easily across many devices.

Well, if I know Microsoft, they’re going to have to f**k up somewhere along this plan for the destruction of mankind. I guess we’ll see soon enough.

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