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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

We're a long way from the Start Menu now

Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Ho
1990s revisited ... How Microsoft thinks we'll use Windows 10 from next yearFacebook

IDF16 First, it scrapped the classic Start Menu and gave us Tiles.

Now Microsoft has confirmed it really is working on yet another radical user interface update – one that will allow you to use your desktop Windows 10 PC with virtual reality headsets.

The feature, due to arrive next year, is dubbed the Windows Holographic Shell. It is designed to work on any normal PC, not just high-end graphics rigs; the emphasis is on the fact that anyone with a half decent machine can use the new UI.

The Holographic Shell will run and present universal and so-called mixed reality apps in a multitasking 3D space in a connected VR headset. It doesn't matter if applications have classic 2D interfaces or new 3D controls: they'll be thrown together into a realtime-rendered make-believe world around the user like some kind of 1997 Silicon Graphics Inc tech demo.

When you wear your "six degrees of freedom" headset, you can manipulate the 3D desktop using a Wii-like remote control, basically pointing at dialog boxes and icons hovering in the air and clicking on them rather than moving a mouse pointer on a 2D screen.

Here's what Microsoft reckons Windows Holographic will look like on a modest Intel NUC box, running at 90 frames per second: