Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2 headset

Microsoft has unveiled its second-generation HoloLens mixed reality headset at a press event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Microsoft said that the HoloLens 2 has double the field of view of its predecessor, contains a new display system and eye-tracking sensors, and enables “direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions you’d use […]

Microsoft: web media standards will let broadcast industry ‘re-imagine TV’

New web media standards constitute an inflection point that will allow the broadcast industry to “reimagine television,” according to Microsoft media platform architect, John Simmons. Speaking at the DTG Summit in London yesterday, Simmons said that the industry is seeing a comparable inflection point to the internet in 1993 when HTTP, HTML and the Mosaic […]

Microsoft: mixed reality will help spur ‘fourth industrial revolution’

Mixed reality (MR) will be one of the technologies that will help spur a “fourth industrial revolution,” according to Cindy Rose, CEO of Microsoft UK. Speaking at the Microsoft Future Decoded conference in London this week, Rose spoke about new capabilities that will help Microsoft take its customers, partners and its own business “into a […]

Amazon Prime Video to launch on Xbox One X

Amazon Prime Video will be available globally on the Xbox One X console once it launches on November 7. Microsoft said that viewers will be able to download the app globally through the Microsoft Store, with Amazon Prime Video available across Microsoft’s Xbox One family of devices. “Prime Video has titles available in 4K UHD […]

Microsoft buys AltspaceVR

Microsoft has agreed to buy virtual reality social network, AltspaceVR, securing the future of a service that was due to close in August due “unforeseen financial difficulty”. Microsoft announced the deal alongside a number of other developments as it outlined its commitment to mixed reality at an event in San Francisco. Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow […]

Microsoft CEO: mixed reality to transform collaboration

New technologies like virtual and augmented reality could fundamentally transform collaboration and teamwork, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking at Microsoft’s Ignite event in Orlando, Florida yesterday, Nadella used Ford as one example of a company that is using mixed reality (MR) to help in its design and engineering processes, and hinted at the […]

Amazon and Microsoft to add voice assistant compatibility

Amazon and Microsoft have announced plans to add compatibility between their respective voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana, later this year. Microsoft hailed the deal as a “first-of-its-kind collaboration” that will offer more choice, value and access to both personal assistants. Consumers will be able to access Cortana on Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo, Echo […]

Inception signs up for Microsoft MR and Facebook Camera Effects

RTL Group-backed virtual and augmented reality specialist Inception has joined Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality Programme and has been chosen as a beta partner for Facebook’s augmented reality Camera Effects Programme. The Microsoft move will seen Inception add Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality to the list of platforms it supports. Inception has incorporated Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital […]

Microsoft: gaming business now more than US$9bn

Gaming is now more than a US$9 billion (€7.8 billion) business for Microsoft and is “growing profitably,” according to company CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking on the company’s fiscal fourth quarter earnings call, Nadella said that Xbox Live is now at 53 million members, up 8% year-on-year, and claimed that Microsoft is well positioned to claim […]

Altice names new marketing chief

Cable and telecoms group Altice has named Nicolas Petit as its new group chief marketing officer. Petit will take up his new role immediately, taking charge of business-to-consumer and business-to-business commercial and marketing activities. Petit will manage the commercial launches of the new Altice brand, following Altice’s decision to rebadge all its operating units under […]

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