Microsoft unveils Windows Mixed Reality headsets at Computex

Microsoft is making a hard push into the mixed reality segment with Windows 10 as the platform of choice.

Jeff Meredith, senior vice president and general manager, PCs and smart devices, consumer business segment, Lenovo noted that "Today's PC users want solutions that provide better battery life and the ability to connect anytime, anywhere, while also being lighter and more portable than any other laptop now available", said "We're excited to work with Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies to bring a whole new class of devices to consumers that will change the future of personal computing".

Microsoft and Qualcomm first announced their plans for Windows 10 devices powered by Snapdragon ARM processors late past year.

Barlow highlighted some of the new innovations coming in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which includes updates to Windows Ink, 3D, Windows Mixed Reality, security and gaming. Han highlighted a diverse mix of Windows 10 devices that take advantage of new capabilities such as enhanced inking, built-in game broadcasting, and advanced security all captured in handsome hardware designs. "This starts with a close partnership at the silicon layer, with Intel and Qualcomm and with our mobile operator partners to provide seamless eSIM connectivity". Asus, HP and Lenovo have already pledged their allegiance.

The concept has brewed a long time within Microsoft, and it is certainly not the first time company has tried to bring computers equipped with modems to consumers.

Visitors to Computex Taipei this week can view the new Windows 10 devices at the Microsoft Booth, located at NanGang Exhibition Hall, Booth #L0110.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Today, at Computex 2017, Microsoft showed off more head-mounted displays (HMDs) on the way for consumers later this year from some of its other partners.

We also saw Dell's headset at CES, but the image that Microsoft released today shows that it's had a bit of a redesign since then, losing the black front panel, in favor of an all-over white aesthetic with exposed external tracking sensors.

  • Carolyn Briggs