Microsoft on Thursday debuted hardware for reaching into virtual worlds powered by its technology as it looked to “mixed reality” as the next big computing platform.
An update coming to Windows 10 operating system later this year will “see the magic of mixed reality brought to consumers around the world,” Microsoft executive vice president Terry Myerson said at the company’s annual Build developers conference in Seattle, Washington.
Mixed reality motion controllers shown at the conference pair with headsets made by Microsoft partners using Windows software let users interact with both virtual and augmented reality.
“Mixed reality is the future of computing,” said Microsoft technical fellow Alex Kipman, the software engineer behind HoloLens augmented reality gear.
“Windows 10 is the only operating system created specifically and from the ground up for mixed reality devices.”
Microsoft slipped when lifestyles shifted to mobile devices, a market dominated by smartphones powered by Apple or Android software, but is dashing forward in the budding trend of augmented and virtual realities, according to Gartner analyst Van Baker.