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Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 09:17 IST

Microsoft ceases support for Windows 'mixed reality' feature

The mixed reality portal app provided users with access to augmented and virtual reality experiences on their personal computers.

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Microsoft officially discontinued the "mixed reality" feature for Windows, which enabled certain hardware devices and software to leverage augmented and virtual reality technologies.

Initially introduced in a Windows 10 update in 2017, the mixed reality portal app provided users with access to augmented and virtual reality experiences on their personal computers when paired with compatible VR headsets.

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Microsoft's use of the term "mixed reality" encompasses software that seamlessly combines elements of both augmented and virtual reality. Augmented reality enhances real-world images with overlays of text, sounds, graphics, and video, while virtual reality immerses users in computer-generated experiences within an artificial environment.

"Windows mixed reality is deprecated and will be removed in a future release of Windows," Microsoft stated, signalling the end of support for this feature.

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Last year, Business Insider reported on Microsoft's decision to cancel plans for HoloLens 3, hinting at a potential conclusion to the company's augmented reality headset line in its existing form.

As Microsoft shifts its focus away from the mixed reality feature, the move raises questions about the company's broader strategy in the augmented and virtual reality space. The evolution of these technologies continues to be a dynamic area of interest in the tech industry.

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(With Reuters inputs)
 

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Published December 22nd, 2023 at 09:14 IST

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