Windows 10 Will Let You Run Desktop Apps on VR Headsets

  Man using headphones and mixed reality drivers

Microsoft is still polishing the April 2019 update of Windows 10, also known as 19H1. In the latest build compilation, you can now start desktop applications (Win32) in a virtual environment of mixed-reality headsets.

This feature is part of the preview version of Insider 18329, which Microsoft announced on February 1, 2019. If you have Windows Mixed-reality headsets, you can now launch classic Windows desktop applications in the mixed-reality environment. They will float in the 3D view as window panels, just like the applications of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) of the Store already do it today.

This is how Microsoft says it works:

To use this feature, activate the Pin Panel. [in Mixed Reality] then go to all applications, where you will find a folder called "Classic Applications (Beta)". In this folder, you can select and execute any desktop application (Win32).

  Desktop application running on Windows Mixed Reality

Although this is pretty good, it's certainly not very practical. Today's virtual reality headsets have low-resolution panels, and you can see the pixels when your eyes are up close, that's the "screen door effect". But a future super high-resolution headset could provide a large workspace. The mixed reality of Windows is now ready for that future.

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This latest version also includes "Top apps" in the new search interface. When you open the search view, Windows will suggest the applications you have most used, just at the top of the search view.

  Main applications in the new Windows 10 search dialog

Windows 10 touch keyboard now includes support for the ADLaM script used by the Fulani people of West Africa and the Osage script used by Osage Nation in Oklahoma, too

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