Intel and Microsoft strengthen partnership with Project Evo
Earlier in this series, we saw that Microsoft (MSFT) is moving ahead with its plan to bring Windows Everywhere by making them available on several PC form factors and at different price points. It has collaborated with Qualcomm (QCOM) to bring Windows 10 to notebooks and tablets running on the Android OS (operating system).
It has also expanded its partnership with Intel (INTC) to bring innovation to the PC space and make it ready for the connected world. Under this partnership, renamed Project Evo, the two companies aim to bring Windows to VR (virtual reality).
What is Project Evo?
Microsoft has teamed up with Intel to bring PCs to the next level, allowing users to communicate with their PCs. Project Evo aims to bring mixed reality, advanced security, gaming, Cortana, and Windows Hello to the Windows PC.
- Intel would replace password security with biometric security, which includes fingerprint access, iris scanners, and facial recognition. Intel would provide its enhanced multifactor authentication security solution Intel Authenticate, and Microsoft would provide its AI (artificial intelligence) software Windows Hello.
- Microsoft would add Cortana, its intelligent personal assistant that can communicate with the user and follow voice commands.
- Project Evo also looks to integrate a mixed reality experience at affordable prices. Intel would add support in designing affordable headsets and PCs. Mixed reality is placed between VR and AR (augmented reality). The user can see real-world objects while wearing the headset.
- The last feature that Project Evo looks to add to PCs and headsets is gaming. Intel and Microsoft would add features such as 4K displays, eSports, game broadcasting on VR headsets, high dynamic range, wide color gamut, spatial audio, and Xbox controllers with native Bluetooth.
Project Evo has been received well by PC makers. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Lenovo, Acer, Asustek, and 3Glasses plan to launch Windows-based headsets in the future. Microsoft is also looking to make its HoloLens device available to Chinese (MCHI) developers in 1H17.
By adding all these features, Microsoft and Intel are looking to tap the VR-AR opportunity through headsets and PCs.