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The brilliant future of mixed reality will come to us from the likes of Microsoft and Magic Leap, according to the conventional wisdom.
Microsoft has grabbed mindshare with awesome demos of its Hololens product, like its Project XRay game demo at its October 2015 Windows 10 event.
Magic Leap, which has raised more than $1 billion from investors, has dazzled YouTube users with simulated experience videos.
The mixed reality you’ll actually use isn’t the heavy, expensive, nonmobile version from Microsoft and Magic Leap. It’s the one that comes free with your iPhone.
For years, Apple Macs dominated the classroom. Then Chromebooks took over. Now, Microsoft is once again pushing for kids to learn via new, cheap Windows 10 PCs, managed by a new Intune application designed specifically for education.
Chromebooks aren’t much more than web browsers built on top of a bare-bones OS. That can be a drawback for businesses, who demand a rich platform for computing. In classrooms, though, the relative simplicity of the platform can be a positive, as they’re easier to manage.
And it may have done so a bit too soon.
Google has revealed that it came across previously undiscovered Flash and Windows vulnerabilities in October, and one of them remains unpatched. The tech titan gave both Adobe and Microsoft a heads-up on October 21st — Adobe issued a fix on October 26th through a Flash update, but Microsoft hasn’t released one for its platform yet. The real problem is, according to Google, that unpatched Windows flaw is “being actively exploited.”
From Google Chrome Blog: Chrome Beta on Windows and Mac can now open Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files directly in the Chrome browser. Just install the Chrome Office Viewer (Beta) extension, then clicking a link to an Office file will open it directly in Chrome. The Chrome Office Viewer also offers protection from malware delivered via Office files. A specialized sandbox is used to impede attackers who use compromised Office files to try to steal private information or monitor your activities.