Parrot and Microsoft have announced that the official Parrot Apps which control the Parrot Zik headphones and Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 quadcopter will soon get Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 support
Windows Phone 8 users have long awaited for Parrot to make their AR Drone and Zik headphones apps and driver available, and now it seems that the company is almost there. The augmented reality gaming fun will come to Windows 8, as well, since the company has announced that they will be bringing support to Windows 8 and Windows RT, as well.
You will soon be able to use the Parrot Zik headphones and pilot the AR Drone or AR Drone 2.0 Parrot drone even from your Windows 8 desktop or tablet as well as Windows RT. Windows Phone 8 users can already download the free Parrot Audio Suite app from the Windows Phone store (link at the end) will the Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 version of the app will be released next month.
The Parrot AR.FreeFlight app will be appearing on Windows 8, being available in the Windows Store in early December of 2013 while the Windows Phone 8 app for the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 is expected to launch in early 2014. Henri Seydoux, founder and CEO of Parrot said the following during a meeting with Steve Ballmer:
We have been working for months with Microsoft to ensure the compatibility of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices with Parrot products. I am happy to announce the Windows compatibility of apps that are linked to two of our star products: the AR.Drone and the Zik headphones.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted a gadget like the Parrot AR Drone and now that support for Windows 8 is coming, I will soon be able to control it from my Windows 8 tablet as I plan on buying on this Christmas. Sweet!