All Windows 10 PCs will get Windows Holographic access next year

By Darrell Etherington as written on techcrunch.com
Windows 10 users will be able to dive into mixed reality starting next year, with an update planned that can let any “mainstream” Windows 10 PC run the Windows Holographic shell the company first revealed in January 2015.
The update will allow users to multi-task in mixed reality environments, which combine traditional 2D Windows 10 apps with immersive, 3D graphical environments. These will be enabled via a range of “6 degrees of freedom devices,” input devices that add positional tracking to other more traditional forms of input, like clicking and pointing.
The Windows team is trying to make this more broadly available, too, thanks to support for a range of Windows 10 PCs that don’t necessarily need the specs required to run full-scale VR today. As an example, Microsoft presented a video of Windows 10 Holographic running at 90 FPS on an Intel NUC, a tiny desktop PC that’s not super expensive and included integrated Intel graphics.
While it’s still unlikely that we’ll all be doing our average desk workflow of spreadsheets and slide presentation in mixed reality any time soon, it’s good to see Microsoft set a timeline for public availability of a feature which, at launch, seems like it had the potential to become vaporware rather than a shipping product.
Intel and Microsoft are also building a specification for mixed reality PCs, as well as head-mounted displays that let users experience the mixed reality operating environment. The public release of the spec is planned for an upcoming Windows hardware develop conference in Shenzhen this December.



CEO's Gather for First-Ever Mixed Reality Experience

CEO's from San Diego Magazine’s Fastest Growing Companies Winners List Gather for Bleeding-Edge, Immersive, Holographic Experience

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“Experiencing mixed-reality is truly mind-blowing and I can’t wait to see the looks on the faces of these area execs as they complete their holographic mission.” -Jackie Wiener, VP Marketing & Customer Engagement, Managed Solution

San Diego, CA –Managed Solution, San Diego’s fastest growing full-service technology firm, plans to unveil its newly created app for Microsoft’s HoloLens, Thursday, August 11th, 2016, at San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewery. This C-Level engagement is set to introduce their innovative app and the latest in holographic technology to the area’s best and brightest CEO’s.
Combining mixed and augmented reality, Microsoft Hololens takes Pokemon Go to the next level and beyond. Microsoft's HoloLens creates a real life, holographic mixed reality experience that you've only seen in SciFi Movies.
Managed Solution’s take on the technology includes an immersive, holographic app designed by female developer & award-winner, Jackie Wiener, VP of Marketing & Customer Engagement. Wiener put in her bid to be part of the external development group more than a year ago, recently gaining acceptance into the tightly restricted program. HoloLens is not yet publically available, making this experience even more rare.
“We are hosting this Invite-only event geared at exciting Southern California’s top CEO's to envision how mixed reality technology can amplify business, said Wiener.” “Experiencing mixed-reality is truly mind-blowing and I can’t wait to see the looks on the faces of these area execs as they complete their holographic mission.”
This one-of-a-kind event includes a C-level Contest where CEO's compete in a timed, augmented reality mission. Each CEO will sport the untethered, holographic enabled headset and will be tested on the execution, retention, and speed of the information received.
Events are being scheduled in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Phoenix.
Microsoft’s HoloLens is a holographic application built inside a sleek, flashy headset with transparent lenses. The outside world is still visible but suddenly your world can be transformed -- with 3D objects floating in midair, virtual screens on the wall and the surrounding area covered in virtual characters.
To request an invitation to this invite-only event contact Liliana Ciurlino @ lciurlino@managedsolution.com or call (858) 429-3025
About Managed Solution:
Managed Solution is a full-service technology firm that empowers businesses by delivering, maintaining and forecasting the technologies they’ll need to stay competitive in their market place. Regional Partners with Microsoft & Microsoft's United States SMB Champions Club West Region Marketer of the Year 2016, Managed Solution provides software migration, hardware, project implementation and managed services for small to enterprise size clients.
Managed Solution was founded in 2002 and was quickly recognized as one of San Diego’s 40 fastest growing companies and the 27th fastest growing IT company in Southern California. With corporate headquarters in San Diego, Managed Solution provides IT services nationwide and was recently recognized as one of the top 10 National Cloud Service Providers.
For more information or media inquiries please email Liliana Ciurlino @ lciurlino@managedsolution.com or call (858) 429-3025


Skype for Business in Education

Parent Focus groups reveal three important factors when parents are choosing a school. *

Among the top ten things parents in focus groups say they care about are the strength of the academic program, the vibe they get when the visit the school and how proactive teachers are in their communication about their children in particular.

The classroom is changing and schools that get ready for the next generation of educating will undoubtedly be on top with parents when they are on the search for a private school.

The focus study also revealed that parents mostly hear about schools from word of mouth. What elicits more parental chatter than parents described the new "flipped classroom" their kids participate in or the parent teacher conference they held over Skype, along with virtual field trips with great minds from countries across the globe and after school virtual homework help.

The strength of your school’s academic program is the primary reason most parents are searching for your school. Parents are searching for a school that will meet the needs of their child and challenge them to reach their potential. They want the best school that their money can buy. They want something different and better.

Here are just some of the way Technology will make the difference in academic programs moving forward.

1. Virtual FieldTrips/Visits: Classes host a museum curator from France, who gives a short lecture on the museum’s collection from the period.
2. Flipped Classroom - Students watch the lecture off campus and work on the assignment, share notes, research findings etc.. As a group in the classroom with the teacher there to interact and push students to their full potential.
3. Virtual after school help
4. Lesson plan dashboards that include mixed media and are shared and accessed by students and parents anytime on any device.

Parents have high expectations of the faculty in that they desire to receive frequent updates on their child. Parents are paying a lot of money for a private school education. As a result, they have high expectations from the faculty. These expectations include timely communications from their teachers about their child.

Here are some ways technology will help teachers communicate efficiently with parents:

1. Automatic Translation Services - Available through Skype for Education
2. Virtual or in person parent teacher conferences - Available with Skype for education

* Parent Focus Group information sourced from http://www.enrollmentcatalyst.com/2015/01/29/10-things-ive-learned-about-marketing-from-parent-focus-groups

HOLOGRAPHIC Technology for education!

Microsoft recently unveiled Hololens, holographic technology that will transform life, business and education. Check out how Case Western is using it here.

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