Facebook just made VR better -- by adding Microsoft Windows

From CNET: With a new beta update available today, Facebook is intentionally letting you break the immersion of its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset so you can do a heck of a lot more in VR. You'll have your full Windows 10 desktop, spread across as many virtual monitors as your graphics card can support.

That means you can do multitasking -- a lot of multitasking -- even while you continue to play games in VR.

It's Netflix movies while you're blasting robots with your twin pistols. It's Facebook Messenger while you explore one of Facebook's other worlds. You can cross-reference Google Maps locations in your web browser with a full 360-degree view of the same location in Google Earth VR. If you're a professional streamer, you can get real-time feedback from your Twitch community.

Or replace the soundtrack of a VR game with a Spotify playlist. Or keep an eye on your web-connected baby monitor. (Several parents have approached me to say VR is out of the question because they need to stay alert, even when their kids are in bed.) You can even browse CNET -- assuming I didn't just destroy your appetite to do so with that shameless plug.

Facebook's calling the feature Oculus Dash, and when I tried it this week at the company's Menlo Park headquarters, I was surprised to see just how seamless and responsive the company's virtual monitors can be -- to the point that for me, it totally overshadowed the other new feature Oculus is selling today. (You can now create your own room in VR.)

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