When detached, continuum mode will load the touch version, making the operating system easier to use on modern devices, and not forcing newer users back to the desktop unless they want to go there.
Internet Explorer is also changing, as Microsoft unveils Project Spartan (above), an interesting collaboration between Microsoft’s note-taking app OneNote and Internet Explorer, which will let you browse the web and then take notes on web pages, allowing you to change what you see.
Distraction free reading will also be available, and a way to view web articles offline, plus it will have an integration with Cortana.
Aside for a character in the Xbox gaming series “Halo”, it is Microsoft’s virtual assistant, previously only seen on Nokia and Microsoft Device phones. Australia currently sees it only in a beta form, the last we heard, but it provides a way to help you schedule appointments, answer questions, and is essentially Microsoft’s answer to Google Now and Apple’s Siri on phones.
When Windows 10 rolls out, however, Cortana will be here for desktop too, linking your schedule and information from mobile and showing it on the desktop, which could be useful for people who use Windows mobile devices.
The price of Windows is also something of note, too, as it will go out for free for the first year for people who want to upgrade from Windows 7, 8, or 8.1.
That’s an interesting timeframe, and an interesting price given that the first year is often the one that most of the bugs are ironed out, so it will be interesting to see how many people bite quickly, or even on the verge of Microsoft pulling the free upgrade in the last few days before it ends.
But that wasn’t it, because Microsoft showed something very interesting.
It’s called “HoloLens”, and while the name suggests holography, and Microsoft sure did from what it told us, the name of the game is augmented reality, as Microsoft finds a way to make the world of AR come to the work space.
The technology exists in a headset that will be translucent, and from the looks of things, appears to include some of the technology used in Microsoft’s motion-based Kinect, as it will pick up on hand movements and allow people to see a computer world, even interacting with it.
You’ll need a HoloLens headset to see what’s going on, but essentially, this will bring a computing world to your eyes, with an office that you can touch and interact with, and the possibility of apps that give you a hands-on type of control.