Microsoft’s Mixed Reality Strategy Driven By Pioneer Who Helped Launch VR’s Renaissance

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A pioneer who helped kickstart VR’s renaissance is driving the strategy for Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality platform, spanning both HoloLens and a collection of VR headsets rolling out later this year. We knew Mark Bolas, who ran the mixed reality lab at USC, took a position at Microsoft as the company built up its efforts in mixed reality, but we didn’t know precisely what he’d be doing. Mixed Reality mark bolas microsoft

Pressure Mounts for Xbox’s Missing VR Strategy as PSVR Rakes in an Estimated Half Billion From Hardware Alone

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In an era where Sony appears to have a significant lead in console sales already, and with PSVR sharpening the system’s competitive edge, pressure is mounting for Microsoft to figure out its Xbox VR strategy.

Microsoft Reveals Motion Controllers for Mixed Reality Headsets Coming This Holiday

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Today Microsoft has unveiled their Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers. The controllers fill in a major gap in Microsoft’s strategy to become the “most complete platform across the broadest range of mixed reality devices and experiences.”

Ukrainian Military Testing Microsoft HoloLens for Battle

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The Microsoft HoloLens could be heading to the battlefield soon. Microsoft has already shown their “mixed reality” headset’s applications in medicine, architecture, space , and now, soldiers in the Ukrainian military may begin wearing the device.

Power and Responsibility: Highlights from Microsoft Build

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We need to ask ourselves not only what computers can do, but what they should do,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in his opening keynote at Build. Microsoft sees the “intelligent cloud” as the backbone of this revolution.

VR Strategy Game Skyworld Now Coming To Windows VR, Rift, and Vive This Fall

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Skyworld from Vertigo Games , the creators of Arizona Sunshine , is a VR strategy that’s aiming to modernize a classic game genre. Experiences Gaming HTC Vive Microsoft Oculus Rift Skyworld Vertigo Games

Hands-On: Skyworld Is A Mixture of Turn-Based And Real-Time Strategy

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Consider me surprised when I learned that Skyworld , the next VR game from Vertigo Games, creators of the bloody, gory, violent Arizona Sunshine , was actually aiming to be a bright, colorful, and whimsical turn-based/real-time strategy game hybrid.

Halo VR Is Coming From Microsoft And 343 Industries

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Microsoft confirmed today it is working with 343 Industries to bring its epic Halo series to its Windows Mixed Reality platform. Microsoft continues to use the term “Mixed Reality” to refer to the entire spectrum of immersive gadgets.

Google, Facebook and Microsoft Line Up For VR Standalone Push

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Over the next two weeks we are expecting major announcements related to VR from Microsoft, Google and Facebook. Microsoft. Halo is coming to Microsoft-based immersive systems. Microsoft is also expected to roll out the Xbox One X in November.

Top Investors Discuss VR and AR Strategies and Opportunites at IMMERSE 2016

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Road to VR ‘s Michael Glombicki caught up with two VR/AR investors to get their insight into the opportunities available in the immersive technology space and the strategies they’re employing to capitalise on them.

Will Mixed Reality as a Service be a Game Changer for Microsoft?

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Since the HoloLens was first released almost three years ago, Microsoft has steadily been building partnerships and demonstrating an array of industry use cases across manufacturing, engineering, healthcare, education and many others. Microsoft introduces mixed reality as a service [link].

The Australian Air Force Is Now Testing the Microsoft HoloLens

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The Australian Air Force and Saab Australia are trialing the Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality headset as the Australian military evolves into a “fifth-generation fighting force.” The post The Australian Air Force Is Now Testing the Microsoft HoloLens appeared first on VRScout.

Microsoft May Leapfrog Facebook and Google in VR With HoloLens Tracking

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Microsoft’s play for command of next generation personal computing can be seen today with the announcement of a series of Windows-powered VR headsets starting at $300. This is not the case with the headsets on the way from Microsoft’s partners.

The Ghost’s Spotlight: oVRshot, Microsoft Maquette and The Great C

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Of course, some coordination with team members was necessary to not lose immediately , this game requires some strategy. Microsoft Maquette. Microsoft Maquette is the ultimate VR tool by Microsoft to prototype fast in VR.

An In-depth Look at Microsoft’s HoloLens & Mixed Reality Ecosystem

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Microsoft is taking a holistic approach with Windows Mixed Reality being baked into Windows 10, meaning that developers can create a single application that can run on the HoloLens, on one of their partner VR headsets, on a Surface tablet, or as a desktop app.

Community Download: Are Oculus and HTC The Apple and Microsoft of VR?

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For every Nintendo there is a Sega and for every Apple there is a Microsoft. Our big question today is this: when it comes to VR, are Oculus and HTC the respective Apple and Microsoft of the industry? HTC/Microsoft . The technology world is always a game of rivals.

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Vive, Google, Microsoft And More To Talk At VRX 2018

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The first batch of speakers, revealed this week, include Vinay Narayan; Vice President of Product and Operations at HTC Vive, Steven Kan; Head of Global Strategy for AR and VR at Google and Mike Pell; Envisioneer at Microsoft Garage. Tagged with: VRX Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post Vive, Google, Microsoft And More To Talk At VRX 2018 appeared first on UploadVR. Big speakers are being lined up for December’s VRX conference and expo in San Francisco.

Community Download: Will Microsoft’s Headsets Be Upstarts Or Afterthoughts For VR?

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Microsoft is partnering with manufacturers like Acer, Lenovo, and HP to create a new line of virtual reality headsets. Microsoft is relying on reduced price, easy cooperation with Windows, and a few hardware tricks to (hopefully) turn these newcomers into the mid-range of the VR market — a space that is currently sitting wide open. However, despite the monolithic size and stature of Microsoft, it has never seen a massive successes when it comes to PC hardware products.

Microsoft Finds Its Voice In Mixed Reality: ‘It’s About What We’re Gonna Do With These Technologies’

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One of Microsoft’s newest leaders in mixed reality, Mark Bolas, took the stage for a few minutes at Acer’s press conference this week and put into human terms the company’s goals with the technology. Mixed Reality acer mark bolas microsoft windows

Microsoft Won’t ‘Distract Developers’ With Xbox One X VR Support Just Yet

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We’re still expecting Microsoft’s Xbox One X console to get VR support at some point down the line, but the company doesn’t want to “distract” developers with integration in 2017. Albert Penello, Senior Director of Product Management and Planning at Microsoft, said as much to Wired in a recent interview. “We We learned with Kinect and the Wii that just translating a typical game experience to VR is not a winning strategy,” he said.

Packaging the Future

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By connecting packaging lines to the Microsoft Azure Cloud, Tetra Pak can collect operational data to help predict informed maintenance timing Click To Tweet. Tech Trends went to Sweden to see how Tetra Pak is moving into Industry 4.0 by using technologies such as Mixed Reality.

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Did Microsoft Fix its Biggest Mistake?

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Microsoft is ending its ‘free Windows 10’ upgrade program. To him, the whole backwards compatibility strategy was wrong. The post Did Microsoft Fix its Biggest Mistake?

Is Microsoft Surface Laptop a Disappointment?

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During its newly established EDU event, Microsoft announced Windows 10 S (S for Student, not for Superman ), a new Surface laptop and several partner PCs. The goal of new EDU strategy is to win back schools across the country. The post Is Microsoft Surface Laptop a Disappointment?

Microsoft Tick-Tock: Xbox One S and Project Scorpio

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At it’s pre-E3 2016 conference, Microsoft announced the long awaited shift of its console model. The exact strategy will probably look as follows: 2013: Xbox One console featuring 28nm AMD processor. Microsoft announced it would be available to purchase this August.

Accelerating Mixed Reality

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The University of Hull has launched an accelerator dedicated to developing Mixed Reality tech for the Microsoft HoloLens. They were one of the earliest Microsoft Mixed Reality partners in Europe.

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Microsoft Finalizing Its HoloLens, VR Headset Specifications

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In just a few days time, Microsoft will host WinHEC , its annual hardware / platform conference. Intel has 600 people here working on hardware form factors, while the similar story is with Microsoft and a few other known global players. Microsoft is not playing such tricks. This way, Microsoft will one-up the competitors from Sony, who only support their own PlayStation VR platform.

Creating Immersive Learning Experiences

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For as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella put it in his keynote at Microsoft Build in Seattle this week (quoting the father of ubiquitous computing Mark Weiser) “The most profound technologies are those that disappear.

Big Business Moves into Blockchain: Acord, EY, Microsoft, Maersk

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ACORD Solutions Group , accounting giant EY, technology giant Microsoft and the Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company have combined to launch the world’s first marine insurance blockchain platform. This world’s biggest container shipping company, has shifted its focus this year from preserving market share to higher margins, a strategy that was helped by a recovery in freight rates.

VFX Master Phil Tippett Brings His Grotesque Creations to HoloLens in ‘HoloGrid: Monster Battle’

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Game studio HappyGiant and Tippett Studio , the production firm founded by stop-motion guru Phil Tippett, has launched HoloGrid: Monster Battle (2017) on Microsoft’s HoloLens platform.

Building New Worlds in Virtual Reality

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Recently unveiled updates to Microsoft’s social VR platform will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces. These updates to Microsoft’s social VR platform will allow anyone to build customizable VR spaces Click To Tweet.

This Is What A Mixed Reality Hard Hat Looks Like

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A Microsoft-endorsed hard hat solution lets construction workers use holograms on site. Which is how Microsoft finds itself in the somewhat unlikely position of endorsing a hard hat. Trimble Connect is available now on the Microsoft Windows App Store with a free trial option.

Extending Reality to the Operating Room

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Well-constructed immersive learning tools such as the Microsoft HoloLens bypass this fundamental problem by generating a highly accurate 3D dynamic representation of this 3D dynamic human form Click To Tweet.

Are Publishers Ready to go Virtual?

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it makes strategic sense that Pearson has partnered with Microsoft to develop content for the HoloLens Click To Tweet. Will we see a gold rush in the publishing industry as major players move to invest in Immersive Technologies?

How Virtual Practice Makes Perfect

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For companies looking to get into Immersive technologies such as VR/AR/MR/XR our Virtual Reality Consultancy services offer guidance and support on how best to incorporate these into your brand strategy.

These Are The Stocks You Could Buy To Invest In The VR Industry

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Surprise: the Windows Mixed Reality headsets don’t look totally dorky

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Microsoft is betting big on Windows Mixed Reality, and it turns out PC makers are rising to the challenge with a variety of designs shown off this week at Computex 2017.

Editorial: Smartphones Won’t Be Replaced By VR And AR Headsets, Yet

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The best examples of this are the Magic Leap prototypes, Microsoft Hololens and Qualcomm’s VR reference design. Companies like Microsoft completely missed the smartphone market, even after trying to buy into it with their acquisition of Nokia, which was too little too late. Microsoft refuses to allow themselves to be left behind by this new platform and that’s why they have been so aggressive to push Hololens and Windows Holographic Mixed Reality.

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Mixed Reality Means Business

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A survey by the Harvard Business Review and Microsoft shows that most companies are embracing immersive tech as a key part of their strategy. Microsoft has succeeded in building a thriving enterprise ecosystem for its HoloLens Mixed Reality technology Click To Tweet.

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How Mixed Reality Will Bring Us Industry 4.0

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When I tried Microsoft Remote Assist with the HoloLens back in May at Microsoft Build I was able to “repair” a complex electrical panel in a matter of minutes. More sectors are realizing the potential of immersive technology to dramatically maximize efficiency and profits.

Tech Trends at #io18

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We’re jetting off from Heathrow to the US West Coas, stopping by Seattle to cover Microsoft Build before heading to the Bay Area for Google’s flagship developer conference in Mountain View Click To Tweet.

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Global quarterly VR headset shipments achieve new record

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VR adoption in the consumer segment is highly dependent on price, and Oculus’ strategy of lowering prices has definitely helped drive adoption,” said Canalys Research Analyst Vincent Thielke. Further uptake is expected globally into 2018, in particular with major PC manufacturers producing new devices to support Microsoft’s Mixed Reality platform. “VR

Building Spaceships with Mixed Reality

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Whereas technicians previously relied on paper instruction or computer 3D models viewed through a screen, they can now overlay data and schematics directly onto the relevant environment using the Microsoft HoloLens.

Virtual Battles on Your Coffee Table

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Their first MR project used Google Tango and the Microsoft HoloLens to bring a rare digital tank from their game to a real-life exhibit at the Tank Museum at Bovington , UK. Mixed Reality adds a new dimension to tabletop gaming, but there’s more to this tank show-down than first meets the eye.