Windows Mixed Reality sales could be driven by new Halo experience

Lenovo's mixed reality headset offers built-in tracking for $350

While the HoloLens, which is aimed at developers and used by NASA and Audi among others, costs thousands of pounds, the new headsets and motion controller bundle will be priced at £399.

That's a bit later than expected, as this past April Microsoft committed to twice-yearly Windows 10 updates in March and September, in perpetuity.

It promises improvements to photo editing, gaming, security, accessibility, and will introduce Windows Mixed Reality. The update will also mark the debut of the new Windows Fluent Design System, which aims to upgrade the look and feel of the OS and apps.

Microsoft's push comes as the US tech giants - Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook, along with China's Baidu - increasingly battle to make augmented reality, together with artificial intelligence and cloud-based services, into the next computer platform.

Headsets from HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer will launch on October 17 alongside the update.

Terry Myerson announced at the IFA 2017 keynote that the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be available starting from 17 October. This is particularly useful for those suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, Myerson said at an IFA keynote today. Another change will bring a very popular feature back to Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage, with Files on Demand letting users see all their files on OneDrive, whether those files are stored on the device or not. Windows 10 was designed as a service, whereby feature updates are required a couple times a year.

Timeline will also work with the new Pick Up Where You Left Off feature - which will let you resume sessions and apps on multiple devices. It must be noted that its functionality will not just be limited to Windows devices. Lenovo has now announced the official name of the device: the Lenovo Explorer.

An extended version of Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit will be built into the Windows 10 core and called Windows Defender Exploit Guard. For most consumers, both quality and feature updates are delivered automatically according to their Windows Update settings.

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