Microsoft plans to merge HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality development

By: George Finley
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There will come a time when a headset will be able to facilitate either augmented or virtual reality at the click of a button, and Microsoft wants to be ready for it with its Windows Mixed Reality platform.

For now, the release of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update comes with support for new Windows Mixed Reality immersive headsets, complete with support for immersive controllers to enable users to explore brand new worlds, play VR games and experience immersive entertainment when connected to a Windows Mixed Reality-capable PC.

Support for both virtual and augmented reality for apps

Alex Kipman describes the new APIs in the Fall Creators Update that allow apps to support both AR and VR at the same time. Developers will be allowed to know if the screen is transparent or opaque, for instance. The size of the physical space will be communicated to developers so that virtual reality apps can make sure content fits the space given

Microsoft won’t roll out the Fall Creators Update to the HoloLens

The company says that HoloLens will not be receiving an update with the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, but this does not mean that the work on HoloLens has stopped. Actually, next-generation HoloLens devices are expected to arrive in 2019. Microsoft ensures users that developers still have a lot of learning and insight to apply from their most recent work across Windows Mixed Reality as a whole.

The company also says that Windows Mixed Reality immersive headsets and motion controllers are a great entry point to the development for HoloLens because the same concepts, tools, and APIs apply to both of them.

For now, Microsoft is encouraging HoloLens developers to support the new Windows Mixed Reality platform, with hopes that the new APIs will make everything much easier.

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