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Microsoft Steps Up Push to Bring Virtual Reality to the Masses

Software giant unveils developer tools to make it easier and cheaper to create VR, AR content

Microsoft's Alex Kipman in a holographic aquarium.
Microsoft's Alex Kipman in a holographic aquarium.

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Microsoft Corp. unveiled software tools designed to make it easier and less expensive for people to access virtual reality and augmented reality content, and for more creators to build these digital and holographic worlds.

The company’s Mesh software will enable users to work and play together virtually by interacting with the same set of holograms on devices at various price points and from different manufacturers, ranging from Microsoft’s $3,500 HoloLens augmented reality goggles and Facebook Inc.’s Oculus and other specialized VR headsets to cell phones and computers where users can get a two-dimensional view. Mesh also lets multiple people see the same holograms from different locations, allowing for events such as concerts or company meetings where one user attends in person and the other “holoports in” from home.