Microsoft announced at its Computex 2016 keynote that it would open up the Windows Holographic platform. The goal is to ensure that more devices can run on top of Windows Holographic, including VR headsets like the HTC Vive.
During the demo, Microsoft showed off its augmented reality headset HoloLens and the Vive working together, made possible by the fact that both devices were running the Windows Holographic platform.
Microsoft is partnering with Acer, AMD, Asus, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Falcon, HP, HTC, iBuyPower, Intel, Lenovo, MSI, Northwest, and Qualcomm to bring more VR experiences and devices to Windows Holographic. In a post on the official Windows blog, Terry Myerson said:
Today, we announced that Windows Holographic is coming to devices of all shapes and sizes, from fully immersive virtual reality to fully untethered holographic computing. Today we invited our OEM, ODM, and hardware partners to build PCs, displays, accessories, and mixed reality devices with the Windows Holographic platform.
For our partners, this creates new business opportunities, unlocking mixed reality experiences across devices. For developers, Windows Holographic apps can be written today with confidence that they will run on the broadest set of devices.
Microsoft will be sharing additional details at the WinHEC conference later this year.