Not only are Intel looking to redefine what virtual reality (VR) is with their wireless head-mounted display (HMD) codenamed Project Alloy but today at the 2016 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich was joined on stage by Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group Terry Myerson to reveal a new development for Microsoft’s Hololens mixed reality (MR) system.
The pair revealed Windows Holographic Shell as a future update to Windows 10 that will allow use of the Hololens system on “mainstream” Windows 10 PCs. The update will arrive at an undisclosed time in 2017.
Commenting on the news Myerson write on the Windows blog that “The Windows Holographic shell enables an entirely new experience for multi-tasking in mixed reality, blending 2D and 3D apps at the same time, while supporting a broad range of 6 degrees of freedom devices.”
The two companies also revealed they were working together on MR in general along with Microsoft’s “hardware partners” to formulate “a broad range of devices for the mainstream consumer and business markets”. Specifications for these an initial version which are set to be revealed this December at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC). Microsoft have revealed a promotional video for the Windows Holographic Shell which you can see below.
VRFocus will bring you more information as to these developments when we get them.