Microsoft brings future to life at TechForum

Microsoft's Research division shows off the next generation of computing at an annual event in Redmond this week, bringing many sci-fi concepts to tantalizing life.

Microsoft is working on a variety of futuristic tech, including a device that enables "holographic video calls." Screenshot by Christopher MacManus/CNET

A computer monitor and keyboard are so yesteryear.

At Microsoft's annual TechForum expo earlier this week, the company showed off several amazing concept products that will have you thinking far into the future. Luckily, we have some great pictures and videos of some of these devices, which deliver a computer experience unlike anything commercially available today.

Buckle up and click on our gallery below to see innovations including a 3D augmented-reality desktop, software that tracks the history of the world, a mirror with holograms, and much more.

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