Microsoft reveals release date for Windows Mixed Reality headsets

To get Windows 10 adopted quickly Microsoft plans to give it away as a free upgrade for a year after its release

The Dell, Lenovo, HP and Acer headsets are all shown in the image on the Microsoft UK news centre, and given the USA pricing for these it's probably safe to assume these will be the ones we're looking at.

Some users will be disappointed to know that the Timeline feature may not come with the Fall Creators Update. All of this innovation will be brought to life by a range of beautifully designed, and feature rich modern devices available from our hardware partners this holiday.

Just like other companies involved into the Windows Mixed Reality initiative, Lenovo positions its HMD for VR games and entertainment, 360° video, work, AR-supporting programs and other emerging workloads. Inputs will also change, with support for eye-tracking and the ability to more widely and more easily use digital pens. Windows Defender gets an upgrade, as does the Photos app, and there's better support for getting OneDrive files on the fly.

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After October 10, 2017, Windows 10 devices running version 1511 will no longer receive security and quality updates.

Microsoft Windows Photos app has been revamped to offer new experiences with photos, videos, music, 3D, and inking. Starting November 7, users can play these games on the Xbox One X.

The Fall Creators Update will also be the first release that has any widespread adoption of Microsoft's new Fluent Design System, though the adoption of Fluent will be a journey that spans multiple updates. This allows users who may have neuromuscular diseases to take control of Windows 10 hands free. The update sees the Windows Subsystem for Linux coming out of beta, and the introduction of cross-device web browsing.

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But the big additions are gaming and mixed reality - check out our review here. And if you don't have a headset, you'll also be able to check out some experiences in 2D with the Mixed Reality Viewer.

Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group announces the release date at the IFA conference in Berlin on Friday. We already discussed the Lenovo Explorer yesterday, which will arrive in October price at $349 for the headset alone or $449 as a bundle with a pair of motion controllers. Acer's headset will cost $299, while HP's will cost $329.

Asus' Mixed Reality headset is set for the spring 2018 release, and it will be priced at $535.

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