This week Microsoft held an event at their headquarters in Redmond, WA. It was mostly about its new version of Windows – Windows 10 – which we first caught a glimpse of late last year. It’s evident that Microsoft has learned a lot from its previous releases.
Windows 8 was too much, Windows 7 wasn’t enough and let’s not even mention Vista. Microsoft is confident that with Windows 10, they’re on the right track – and we agree. With a more simplified UI, that is much easier to understand, along with the reduction of its portfolio, from hundreds of different versions for many different platforms, to one simple version that’s designed to work across all devices from small-screen devices to large, touch screen or not. It seems this is how it always should have been, and this is how it will be, later this year.
Microsoft also threw us a virtual curveball. HoloLens is another moonshot product we can list amongst the self driving cars, stratospheric Wi-Fi drones and Google Glass’s of the world. Microsoft’s holographic computing vision, championed in this week’s keynote will be brought to life in the form of Cyclops-style eyewear that builds a hybrid world of virtual and reality before your eyes. Though they might have received a lot of criticism following the release of their shabby ‘visionary’ film, this project – along with their Windows efforts – fills us with confidence that Microsoft is looking much further into the future than what we’d usually give it credit for.