Windows Mixed Reality

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Windows Mixed Reality
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Type Augmented Reality
Subtype Optical head-mounted display
Developer Microsoft
Operating System Windows 10
Devices Microsoft HoloLens, Windows Mixed Reality Headsets


Windows Mixed Reality, formerly Windows Holographic, is a Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Software Platform incorporated in Windows 10 operating system. It utilizes Microsoft HoloLens, an OHMD, to project Windows 10 apps and other high-definition digital imageries or holograms onto real life objects. Holographic allows users to interact with these virtual objects through gaze, gestures and voice commands.

Announced on January 21, 2015, Windows Mixed Reality was introduced with the release of Windows 10 along with Microsoft HoloLens.

On June 1, 2016 in Computex, Microsoft announced that they are opening Windows Mixed Reality to third party developers. They have partnered with HTC, Acer, Asus, Lenovo and HP.

On August 28, 2017, Microsoft announced that they have partnered with Valve to have games and experiences from Steam to run on Windows Mixed Reality Headsets.


  • All Windows universal apps can become holograms. Holograms can be 2D (a TV or another screen) or 3D (a real object).
  • Users can interact with holograms. Gaze, gesture and voice are supported input methods.
  • The OHMD is mobile, untethered to your PC or another device.


Integrated Headsets

Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens 2

Windows 10 VR Headsets

See also: Windows 10 VR

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Asus HC102

Dell Visor

HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Lenovo Explorer

Samsung Odyssey


Windows Mixed Reality Apps

Windows 10 Apps - HoloLens Apps


Windows Mixed Reality API is incorporated in all devices running Windows 10, even tablets and smartphones.

HoloLens UI/UX are designed around gaze input, gesture input and voice input or GGV. World coordinates, spatial sound and spatial mapping are environmental understanding features that provide the ability for holograms to interact with both the user and the world around them.



Visual Studio

Windows SDK

Windows Device Portal

HoloLens Emulator


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