Microsoft opens Windows Holographic to allow for mixed-reality experiences

Microsoft wants us to prepare for a world of mixed-reality experiences where VR and AR can coexist.


Microsoft has announced it will be expanding its Windows Holographic platform beyond its own HoloLens device to both virtual reality and augmented reality devices, inviting OEM, ODM, and hardware partners to build PCs, displays, and accessories for it.

The move allows Microsoft’s partners to unlock mixed reality experiences across a number of devices. The company has announced it is already working with Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, HTC, Acer, ASUS, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Falcon Northwest, HP, iBuyPower, Lenovo, MSI and many other companies to help develop devices that would take advantage of its Windows Holographic platform.

At Computex, Microsoft released a demo video that shows off its vision of a world with “mixed reality” devices where VR headsets can be used to interact with HoloLens. The demo showed the HTC Vive being used to bridge the gap between virtual and augmented reality, although it’s unclear at this point if the company is planning to adopt the Windows Holographic platform.

If HTC does choose to adopt Windows Holographic, it, as well as other companies, will be able to use its Holographic shell, user interface, Windows Store, and Xbox Live services, making it an easy transition to Windows 10.

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