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Introduction

At Microsoft’s Build 2017 developer conference this week, the Redmond, WA, firm announced more concrete details of its OEM partners’ first attempts at Windows Mixed Reality headsets, which start at the bargain-basement price of $299.

Highlights

  • The term “mixed reality,” as used by Microsoft to denote immersive headsets that can incorporate and interact with a view of the real world, has become a useful umbrella descriptor of where both the VR and AR markets are heading.

Features and Benefits

  • Positions Microsoft's platform and technology in the context of VR and AR.
  • Examines the features of the newly released HP and Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

Key questions answered

  • Can Microsoft kick-start wave two of the VR headset market?
  • What should telcos, developers, and media companies ask themselves in light of the new technology?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Microsoft’s OEM partners push preorders of Mixed Reality headsets
  • “Mixed reality” as a term finally makes sense
  • Watch for wave two of VR as mixed reality takes off

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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