At the Intel Developer Forum, Microsoft officials provided more details and a roadmap outlining some of the steps the company will take to open the Windows Holographic Platform to various "mixed reality" devices.
Microsoft officials said in June at Computex that the company wasn't just limiting the Windows 10 variant tuned to work with HoloLens -- known as the Windows Holographic platform -- to Microsoft's HoloLens augmented-reality goggles. Microsoft officials said at that time they would open up the Windows Holographic platform to any companies that want to build devices that can handle mixed reality.
Mixed reality is the term for blending 2D and 3D in apps simultaneously. Mixed reality encompasses a spectrum of experiences, from virtual reality (VR) enhanced with holograms, to holographic computing devices enhanced with "real" life images.
Microsoft is hoping its hardware partners will adapt the Windows Holographic platform so that virtual reality devices will be able to incorporate real-world objects, and augmented reality devices will incorporate holograms. Microsoft is pitching Windows Holographic as a way to get different AR/VR/mixed reality devices to be able to communicate cross-platform as the market matures.
"Intel is collaborating with Microsoft to optimize Windows-based content and experiences on Intel-based VR devices such as Alloy," according to the release. "Intel will open the Alloy hardware and provide open APIs for the ecosystem, allowing developers and partners to create their own branded products from the Alloy design, in 2017," the release adds.