Microsoft will soon bring WebVR support to Edge in Windows 10

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

Microsoft has just announced that it will bring WebVR support to Edge sometime in the future. This technology allows users to access the virtual reality content within a browser, which is extremely important for every VR device.

WebVR content is becoming more and more popular throughout internet, and as the interest in VR technology grows, we should expect it to become even more widespread soon.

“Innovative and immersive WebVR content is already showing up on the web, and we expect to see even more coming as developers turn WebGL experiences into WebVR experiences,” said Frank Oliver, a Principal Program Manager Lead at Microsoft.

The majority of big-name browsers, like Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox already support the WebVR technology, but that’s still not the case with Microsoft Edge. That rang an alarm for Microsoft to start working on it as soon as possible, because the VR fever is spreading rapidly, and the company can’t afford to stay behind.

Of course, WebVR support on Microsoft Edge will make the browser even more compatible, and useful on Microsoft’s own VR device, HoloLens. The Windows Holographic Shell on Windows 10 is expected to arrive later this year, so Microsoft still has enough time to make everything in line for the final use.

This is just an early announcement, as Microsoft hasn’t shared details about the release date, or any additional info yet.

It would make sense for Microsoft to introduce WebVR to Microsoft Edge along with the Windows Holographic Shell’s release, so users can access the VR content from the very beginning. Or, the company can leave it for the next major update for Windows 10 (also known as the Redstone 2 update), and introduce it along with all other potential features of this release. The Redstone 2 update is expected to be released in 2017, but once again, we have no official confirmation.

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