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Build 2015: Microsoft HoloLens looks even more amazing the second time around

Windows Holographic gets a fine demonstration as Microsoft’s new headset shows its skills

Microsoft shocked the tech world with the January announcement of HoloLens, an augmented reality headset that projects holograms onto its lenses to mimic the sensation of them being real objects in your world. And now we’ve seen much, much more of it.

At the Build 2015 conference yesterday, Microsoft wooed developers with a lengthy on-stage keynote demonstration of the hardware, which showed off much more functionality – including how Windows apps fit into your surroundings, and other more specialized uses of the technology.

In a mocked-up flat, we saw a man watching a video in a window that he could resize at will and even have follow him around the room. He could place permanent app windows in his space – like a Skype window against a wall – and have 3D apps (like a weather app) sitting on end tables.