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Here's your first look at Windows in VR

How will you get PC things done inside a VR headset? This Microsoft video should give you some idea.

How will you use Windows inside a VR headset? Would you even want to?

Those are real questions, because Microsoft is bringing its floating 3D version of its operating system -- Windows Holographic -- to VR headsets like the HTC Vive starting next year.

But we also may have the answer.

This official Microsoft video is your first look at what Windows should look like inside a VR headset, as shown at the Intel Developer Forum earlier today.

Not bad, right? The virtual room's a little bland, but it gives you the basic idea. You'll have your own virtual workspace and can have lots of little virtual monitors for all your 2D apps, play with a virtual pet, interact with 3D apps a la Microsoft's HoloLens, then teleport to Rome for a little virtual history lesson.

So cute.

Screenshot by Sean Hollister/CNET

And unlike with Microsoft's HoloLens (and its narrow field of view), you should see the virtual world across your entire field of vision.

Intel and Microsoft are jointly working on standards for PCs, headsets and other devices for Windows Holographic, according to Intel's Kim Pallister, a director on Intel's VR efforts. He said that the companies will go into more detail about the system requirements later this year.

In case you're wondering, Pallister also confirmed that the experience shown in this Windows Holographic video is totally real, taken from an actual build of Windows Holographic running on a compact Intel Skull Canyon PC.

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