Microsoft Kills Mixed Reality ‘Dreams’ – Times of India

Microsoft Discontinued its “mixed reality” feature for Windows. The Windows Mixed Reality platform has helped some hardware devices and software access augmented and virtual reality technologies. The tech giant has now updated its list of deprecated Windows features, which also shows that the Mixed Reality Portal app and the Windows Mixed Reality Steam VR app are also shutting down.
In 2017, the company released the feature in a Windows 10 update to take on virtual reality rivals like HTC and Oculus (now owned by Meta). The mixed reality portal application allowed users to touch the technology on their personal computers using compatible VR headsets.
Microsoft said: “Windows Mixed Reality is deprecated and will be removed in a future release of Windows.”
Windows Mixed Reality: Key Features
Windows Mixed Reality acted as a portal for games, apps and other experiences into the VR space. In addition to Microsoft HoloLens, other companies including Acer, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, HP and Samsung have created mixed reality headsets compatible with Microsoft's platform.
However, the enterprise-focused HoloLens 2 is expected to be available. Earlier this year, Microsoft rolled out a free Windows 11 upgrade and many other improvements to the $3,500 headset, The Verge reports.
Microsoft Mixed Reality
Microsoft uses mixed reality to describe software that combines both augmented and virtual reality. Augmented reality overlays text, sounds, graphics, and video over real-world images that users see in front of them. Meanwhile, virtual reality immerses users in an artificial world by creating computer-generated experiences.
Microsoft is gradually shrinking the VR division. According to a 2022 report from Business Insider, the company scrapped plans for the HoloLens 3. The move could have been a step toward the end of the company's line of augmented reality headsets.
In 2022, HoloLens boss Alex Kipman also resigned amid sexual harassment allegations (The Verge reports). The company later announced 10,000 job cuts, with most of those affected working on Microsoft's mixed reality projects. It also includes the company's now discontinued AltspaceVR app.