Microsoft announces end of support for Windows Mixed Reality

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Microsoft has announced that its Windows Mixed Reality VR platform will be deprecated. What this means for the time being is that the feature is no longer in active development. The announcement was made via this blog post from Wednesday, which also mentions that Windows Mixed Reality will be removed in a future version of Windows.

The announcement won’t likely come as a surprise to many who’ve been following the VR space over the last few years. Microsoft’s Hololens and Hololens 2 headsets never really gained much traction against Steam and Meta’s offerings. Nor did other headsets designed for the platform, like the HP Reverb G2.

Windows Mixed Reality is deprecated and will be removed in a future release of Windows. This deprecation includes the Mixed Reality Portal app, and Windows Mixed Reality for SteamVR and Steam VR Beta.

The announcement seems to confirm a shift in Microsoft’s strategy in the extended reality space toward software. Only a week ago it announced that Xbox Game Pass was coming to Meta Quest headsets along with its Microsoft Office productivity suite. And sometime in 2024 Microsoft will reportedly bring its cloud-based Windows 365 to Meta Quest.

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