Microsoft has decided to shelve its Windows ‘mixed reality’ feature, a move that discontinues the capability for hardware devices and software to access augmented and virtual reality technologies through Windows.
Initially launched in a Windows 10 update back in 2017, the mixed reality portal app allowed users to engage with this technology using compatible VR headsets on their personal computers.
For Microsoft, ‘mixed reality’ represents software that merges augmented and virtual reality. Augmented reality overlays text, sounds, graphics, and video onto real-world images visible to users, while virtual reality immerses users in computer-generated experiences within an artificial world.
In a statement, Microsoft confirmed, “‘Windows mixed reality is deprecated and will be removed in a future release of Windows.'”
Additionally, reports from Business Insider from the prior year hinted at the cancellation of plans for HoloLens 3, indicating a potential conclusion to the augmented reality headset line in its current form.