2016-12-09

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Microsoft makes several announcements to bring mixed reality into the mainstream

Windows is the only platform unifying the mixed reality ecosystem, providing inside-out tracking for HMDs, a single platform and standardized inputs for developers, and a consistent interface with a single store for customers. At WinHEC 2016 conference today, Microsoft made several announcements to bring mixed reality into the mainstream.

  • They have submitted Microsoft HoloLens for government approval in China, and they are planning to make it available to developers and commercial customers in China in the first half of 2017.
  • They shared the specifications that they co-developed with Intel for PCs that will power the first headsets capable of mixed reality. HMDs from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo will be available next year.
  • 3Glasses, the leading China-based hardware developer for HMDs, will bring the Windows 10 experience to their S1 device in the first half of 2017, reaching more than 5 million monthly active customers in China.
  • Windows 10 based HMDs will gain access to amazing mixed reality content. This includes:
    • More than 20,000 universal Windows apps in the catalog
    • 3D objects from the web using Microsoft Edge to drag and drop into their physical world
    • Immersive WebVR content via Microsoft Edge
    • 360 degree videos available for the first time in the Movies & TV app
  • HMD developer kits will become available to developers at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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