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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.


  • 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?

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  • 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


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