Microsoft reveals impressive Surface Book, HoloLens and Lumia flagships

Microsoft's been busy with Windows 10 on Devices.

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Terry Myerson, head of Devices and Software at Microsoft started today's Windows 10 on Devices event with a deluge of impressive statistics: 110 million devices are running Windows 10, Cortana has been asked over 1 billion questions, and over 1.25 billion visits have been made to the Windows Store.

An impressive start, but Microsoft was just warming up. The following sections list the most interesting announcements made during today's event. 

Xbox

  • The Xbox One will be upgraded to Windows 10, games will be backwards compatible.
  • PC's will also be able to use the new controller.

Microsoft Band

Lindsey Matese revealed the next Microsoft Band, designed for an optimal fit using a curved Gorilla Glass display. The new Band also includes a barometer, increasing the total number of sensors in the device to eleven.

She also touched on software tools designed to make analysis of health data easier, welcome news for fitness conscious users and athletes.

HoloLens and X Ray

Microsoft's first demo of HoloLens — the "augment reality" visor — at its Build conference in April wowed developers. And like last time, the demo impressed viewers once more, this time with the introduction of Project X Ray's wearable hologram technology:

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More HoloLens goodness: if you're a developer interested in working with this amazing technology, you can now sign-up for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition here. The cost is 3,000 USD, and Microsoft will start shipping HoloLens only to US or Canadian developers sometime during the first quarter of 2016.

Lumia and Continuum

For Windows Phone fans, fast-talking Panos Panay delivered welcome news of Microsoft's next flagship — the Lumia 950. This impressive device sports two internal antennas for superior reception, a liquid-cooled hexacore Snapdragon 808 processor, a blazing fast USB-C port, a 20MP camera supporting 4K video capture (including Zeiss optics), and last but not least, expandable storage of 256 GB. 

Then, Bryon Roper gave the audience its most impressive demo of the day. "Like a boss," Roper demonstrated how to use the Lumia 950 in concert with a display dock to run Windows 10 universal apps — just like a desktop.

In essence, Roper turned his phone info a full-fledged desktop computer. This feat was only made possible utilizing powerful Continuum technology baked into Windows 10 and its Universal Apps.

New Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

Finally, Microsoft unveiled the new Surface 4 tablet and its first ever laptop the Surface Book. Complete specs and order form are now online to pre-order both Surface 4 and Surface Book.

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