It’s been a year since Microsoft launched the HoloLens in the United States. The company brought the HoloLens to more countries and introduce new features for the HoloLens over the past several months. Today, Microsoft is celebrating the first birthday of the HoloLens, highlighting some of the most remarkable achievements from the past year.
According to Microsoft, the Windows Store now includes more than 150 “exclusive” mixed reality apps. This is actually pretty impressive to see as we never really expected developers to build so many apps that run exclusively on the HoloLens. Microsoft has also featured some of the best mixed-reality apps that are available on the Windows Store, including HoloGuide (an app that helps you safely navigate in an environment with low-visibility using the device’s spatial sound and environmental awareness capabilities), HoloHear (a speech-to-sign-language interpreter that works in real-time and Teomirn (an app that lets you learn pano).
Here are the other highlights:
- Over 150 exclusive mixed reality apps are now available in the Windows Store.
- HoloLens is available in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan, France, Germany, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States and we will begin to ship in China before summer.
- We have expanded the promise of mixed reality by making it attainable for everyone. Windows Mixed Reality, the HoloLens software platform, is built into Windows 10, opening an ecosystem of hardware and software that will revolutionize how we interact with people, places and things.
HoloLens’ creator, Alex Kipman stated in a blog post that Microsoft will have more on the HoloLens at its Build 2017 conference in May, so that should be quite exciting.