Along with the launch of Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft also rolled out its Mixed Reality Viewer application. As the name suggests, the app allows users to see 3D virtual content designed for the mixed reality space. Microsoft says it has now rebranded the app to the more accurate 3D Viewer.

To accompany the new 3D Viewer name, the company is also adding plenty of new features and changes. It is worth noting that the app has been in preview on the Windows Insider Program for a while.

Microsoft is now rolling it out to all users with the version number 5.1809.20012.0. Perhaps the biggest change in terms of features is increased controls for the look and feel of a model. Users can now adjust more aspects of saturation, color, and other values.

Elsewhere, 3D Viewer now comes with a new Statistics and Shading section. In this area, users can inspect and change shapes and dates of objects. In terms of UI, the app now looks different as Microsoft has replaced the hamburger menu with a top down menu.

Release Notes

For more changes, check out the full changelog below:

  • Rebrand: Mixed Reality Viewer becomes 3D Viewer
  • Environment & Lighting: 3D Viewer now allows you to adjust the intensity, saturation, value and color of the light to your liking. In addition, there are several selectable themes available to your liking such as Sunset.
  • Stats & Shading: 3D Viewer presents a new Statistics and Shading section, in which it will be possible to inspect and adjust the shapes and dates of the objects present in your projects
  • Removed the hamburger menu in favor of a new top menu
  • New welcome screen
  • New settings
  • Introduced control with the Surface Pen
  • It is now possible to hide the 3D Viewer option panels
  • Significant improvements with the display in Mixed Reality
  • Introduced the reveal effect
  • New 3D Print options
  • Various bug corrections and improvements

The new 3D Viewer experiences is available now from the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 here.