Along with the Project Evo, Microsoft also announced its plans for mixed reality which blends your physical and virtual world. 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.
Microsoft has finally given us a glimpse of what to expect when mixed reality and Creators Update hits a Windows 10 PC near you, in the future. Certainly, there is a lot more to think about, from mixed-reality headsets to Universal Windows Apps and Microsoft Edge supporting WebVR, all this will bring a whole new excitement to the generations to come.
Here are some of the main points of interest:
- We submitted Microsoft HoloLens for government approval in China, and we look forward to making it available to developers and commercial customers in China in the first half of 2017.
- We shared the specifications that we 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.
- Joining those partners, 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.
- Customers 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
- Finally, HMD developer kits will become available to developers at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
I can’t wait to get my hands on all of this when it becomes available, finally!
How about you?