IFA Is Europe’s Biggest Tech Show

Outside of CES, there probably isn’t a tech trade show that sees more consumer product launches than IFA.

IFA stands for Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin.

It is held each year in late August and/or early September in Berlin.

Here are some notable takeaways from this year’s IFA announcements.

Microsoft and its friends are well-positioned to push virtual reality headset prices down.

Dell, HP, Acer, Asus and Lenovo all unveiled headsets based on Microsoft Corp.’s (MSFT) Windows Mixed Reality.  The platform’s name is meant to signify its support for both augmented reality and virtual reality experiences.  Nevertheless, the new headsets are all VR devices.  Furthermore, each comes with motion controllers.

The headsets require pairing with Windows 10 PCs.  And the controllers even come with Windows buttons.  One interesting feature: In addition to playing VR games and content, the headsets can be used to run 2D PC apps in a Windows desktop view.  This feature is perhaps ahead of its time.  Even so, it could let headsets turn into portable workstations once the displays and GPUs used by headsets are improved.

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