Mixed Reality Viewer renamed to '3D Viewer' for Skip Ahead Insiders

Microsoft's Mixed Reality Viewer app for Windows 10 is getting yet another name change. In an update to the app for Skip Ahead Insiders, first spotted by Italian blog Aggiornamenti Lumia (via OnMSFT), Microsoft has rebranded the app as simply "3D Viewer."

If this all sounds a little familiar, it's because the app saw a similar switch around this time in 2017, when its name was changed from View 3D to its current moniker. And like that previous update, the latest comes with some UI tweaks and new features in tow.

Aside from the new name, the most noticeable change is that there is a new top menu in place of the hamburger menu that was previously present in Mixed Reality Viewer. Additionally, you'll now be able to adjust the intensity, saturation, and color of the lighting around your 3D objects. Finally, support for controlling objects with the Surface Pen is now on board.

For now, Mixed Reality Viewer will continue on with its current name for non-Insiders. If you're enrolled in Skip Ahead, you should be able to check out the revamped 3D Viewer now as an update to Mixed Reality Viewer. Eventually, the new tweaks should make their way out to everyone, but it's always possible Microsoft may opt to renege on the name change.

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  • Now I can use my 11 years old acer laptop “selfie” camera to place a bird on my head. It’s cool!
  • Microsoft really needs to be more future thinking with names. They have a really bad habit of changing things constantly. How's a normal consumer supposed to know what anyone is talking about if they always change the name? Anyway, I think this name change is terrible. To me, "3D" conjures up crappy red & blue glasses and bad TVs. "Mixed Reality" at least sounds new and innovative. Given that, this isn't surprising.
  • Agree
  • Turn this to SDK or part of Windows community tool kit..
  • Now if Every tablet and laptop going forward would Put surface level Cameras on their devices.😀
  • It's interesting to note as well that the Holograms app (https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9NBLGGH4332P), which served a similar purpose of placing holograms (3D models) in your environment in HoloLens and Mixed Reality VR is being deprecated and its features are being merged into the 3D Viewer app. This makes a lot of sense since all the Holograms app provided was basically the mixed view of the 3D Viewer with a limited set of models.