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Welcome To “Mixed Reality”: Windows Holographic Opened To Partners

Microsoft is looking to usher in the new wave of “mixed reality”, opening up its Windows Holographic platform to its partners.

The announcement was made at Computex 2016, with Terry Myerson, Windows and Devices Group executive vice president, advising of the move via a blog post.

“Providing devices with the ability to perceive the world, breaking down the barriers between virtual and physical reality is what we call mixed reality,” Myerson explained.

Microsoft’s presentation had looked “forward to the future of computing, where the physical and virtual worlds intersect in all new ways, and create further scale for the Windows platform”, he wrote.

With the virtual reality market poised for steep growth, Microsoft is looking to position Windows Holographic as a platform of choice.

“Today, we announced that Windows Holographic is coming to devices of all shapes and sizes, from fully immersive virtual reality to fully untethered holographic computing,” Myerson wrote.

“Today we invited our OEM, ODM and hardware partners to build PCs, displays, accessories and mixed reality devices with the Windows Holographic platform.”

For Microsoft’s partners, this will unlock mixed reality experiences across devices, while for developers, Windows Holographic apps can be written “with confidence that they will run on the broadest set of devices”.

“We are excited to be working with Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, HTC, Acer, Asus, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Falcon Northwest, HP, iBuyPower, Lenovo, MSI and many others supporting great virtual reality experiences on Windows 10, and we are looking forward to opening up Windows Holographic to the partner ecosystem for the future,” Myerson wrote.

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