Microsoft Announces Windows Holographic Platform Availability For 2017
Earlier this year during Computex 2016, it was reported that Windows 10 is the only platform among all operating systems which will be supporting mixed reality experience thanks to its Windows Holographic platform. This is the same platform that also powers Microsoft’s HoloLens as well as offering a holographic shell and interaction model, perception APIs and Xbox Live services.
Today, EVP of Microsoft Windows and Devices Group Terry Meyerson, has announced that both Intel and Microsoft are collaborating on the specs for Windows 10 systems and head mounted displays. This will allow their partners to develop a broad range of systems that are capable of handling Windows Holographic.
The Windows Holographic shell enables an entirely new experience for multi-tasking in mixed reality, blending 2D and 3D apps at the same time, while supporting a broad range of 6 degrees of freedom devices.
The announcement was made alongside Intel’s CEO during their IDF 2016 keynote speech. Terry also announced that the Windows Holographic experience will be available for mainstream Windows 10 PC in 2017 as well as Alloy Open Platform headsets during the 2nd half of 2017 for manufacturing partners.
Microsoft is also expected to release the first version of specifications for these Windows 10 PCs and head mounted displays during a conference in Shenzhen in December 2016.
During the announcement, Terry also showcased a video of a real Windows 10 Holographic experience running on Intel NUC at 90 frames per second.
This seems like a really interesting partnership considering that Intel recently announced their very own Augmented Reality headset, IRES, to counter Microsoft’s HoloLens while hinting at a competitive cost point.
Microsoft also recently announced the retail availability of their HoloLens HMD, which anyone in US or Canada can buy, up to five units, from an online Microsoft Store for $3,000 without needing any invite.