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Monday, April 4, 2016

Where to Watch Microsoft’s Big Gadget Event Live

Microsoft is set to unveil some new Windows 10 devices on Tuesday, October 6. The company will stream its media event in New York City for all to see.
starting at 10am eastern time, 7am pacific.
What to expect? New phone hardware running Windows 10, certainly. And a Surface device, probably. Microsoft’s mobile PC, a hybrid between a laptop and a tablet, is seeing new competition now from Apple (iPad Pro) and Google (Chromebook Pixel). So the Surface is running in a completely different race than it was back when it originally launched. We also expect updates to Microsoft’s wearable fitness tracker and VR/AR products. Tune in!

Microsoft Has its Own Cardboard VR Headset

Microsoft is hosting a VR hackathon in Russia in a few weeks, and while this itself isn’t noteworthy (unless you’re a hacker in Russia, in that case we’re super excited for you!), what’s worth mentioning is that the company will be handing out Microsoft-branded VR headsets to developers at the event. A picture of the alleged VR headset has surfaced showing a cardboard casing that uses a Lumia as a display. The apparent name of the Google Cardboard competitor is the “Microsoft VR kit.”
There’s no word about whether the Microsoft VR kit will be on sale for the general public. As more and more content is made for a VR platform, we can expect to see more companies trying to make headsets. However, Google Cardboard definitely has a leg up on this DIY-friendly VR viewer—and that leg up is called Android. Microsoft has all but killed Windows Phone, so a long-term plan for a product that utilizes a Lumia doesn’t bode terribly well. That said, Microsoft’s Hololens has earned ample praise, and it’s incredibly possible that the company is using the cardboard kit as a means to lower the barrier and encourage VR developer interest.
And hey, if it’s all just for fun… it’s not like the materials were terribly expensive.

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