Microsoft debuted the latest version of Windows: Windows 10. The new software update will be free to all current 7 and 8.1 users and boasts several new features like the integration of Cortana, Microsoft’s voice recognition software, and Project Spartan, the all-new web browser that allows users to literally draw on a webpage and take notes. But the biggest surprise of the day was the unveiling of what Microsoft is calling HoloLens, an augmented reality headset that allows users to interact with holograms.
Yes, it’s quite an ambitious move, even for Microsoft. They’ve already been working with NASA on integrating the technology with the Curiosity rover and they see a bright future in its use at home and at work.
What could this mean for the future of work at the office?
1. It opens a whole new world for software designers to create, shape and mold. Being able to virtually touch the software will bring a daunting and exciting challenge to our sharpest designers, but will also open up new territory for workers who might benefit from wearing the HoloLens on a day-to-day basis.
2. That brings us to engineers, technicians and architects. HoloLens allows the opportunity for immersive software experiences. Imagine the ability for an architect to give virtual tours of a building design to his or her prospecting clients. Think of the possibilities engineers and inventors would have by being able to move their product around, see the end product before it’s produced, and send it to a 3D printer to be created.
3. From a project management standpoint, this innovation is huge. You can meet with one another and simultaneously share information all from the comfort of your own offices. Or, you could all get together and collaborate on anything, from design to production.
We’re excited to see where this technology will take us in the future, and the future of technology careers because of it.
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