Windows Mixed Reality slowly heading into the abyss of history. According to the official Windows deprecated features list Microsoft is shutting down this platform. It’s Windows Mixed Reality software, along with the Mixed Reality Portal app and the companion Steam VR app. The platform isn’t dead yet, but Microsoft says it is it will be removed in a future version of Windows.
Microsoft first introduced Windows Mixed Reality in 2017 as its attempt to compete with VR rivals like HTC and Oculus. This technology caught the attention of users when it was first introduced because it offered the possibility of shared mixed reality in a personal environment. A similar experience could be offered by the expensive Apple Vision Pro, which will probably be launched in February.
Microsoft’s platform was eventually adopted by several VR headsets, such as the HP Reverb G2 and others made by companies such as Acer, Asus and Samsung. The Windows Mixed Reality Portal app enabled access to games, experiences and a range of applications. In the end though the user base was not as large as anticipated.
Despite the impending end of the platform, thankfully it doesn’t look like it will impact Microsoft’s other mixed reality ecosystem, the HoloLens 2. According to The Verge, Microsoft added a Windows 11 update and other improvements to this enterprise headset earlier this year. And what is controversial – he began to supply them to the army for combat tests.
However, reports suggest that Microsoft halted development of HoloLens 3. In addition, the company conducted extensive cuts in its entire VR division, which led to layoffs and the discontinuation of AltspaceVR. However, the company is still developing its own Mesh app, which allows co-workers to meet in a virtual space without a headset.