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Microsoft's impressive AR headset, HoloLens, is now available for pre-order by developers and commercial enterprises in six new countries as it reaches a new milestone towards a full consumer release.
If you're a resident of Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, you're now able to place your order for a HoloLens unit. In a blog post, Microsoft wrote: "In welcoming these six new countries, October 12, 2016 marks another major milestone for us."
"Each of these moments bring us closer to a more personal way of interacting with technology. They empower us to go further together, making it possible for people to communicate, create and collaborate more easily than ever before."
The HoloLens journey so far:
January 21, 2015: Microsoft HoloLens introduced, the world’s first and still only, self-contained holographic computer. A vision was shared for what is possible when you bring holograms into our world and we demonstrated how holograms have the potential to revolutionise the way we work, communicate, learn and play.
March 30, 2016: HoloLens shipped in the United States and Canada and invited developers and organisations to step away from the 2D confines of monitors and pixels to explore what’s possible when technology enters our physical world.
June 1, 2016: Microsoft announced that mixed reality is coming to PCs. The company invited their virtual reality partners to break down the barriers between virtual and physical reality and combined Windows Holographic with the power of the PC and all its Virtual Reality innovation to enable new mixed reality experiences that are "simply not possible on any other platform."
News of HoloLens' continued development was quiet for a while, but it's clear Microsoft has been hard at work behind-the-scenes on preparing the device for an increased rollout. Over 80 exclusive mixed reality apps are now available in the Windows Store. Developers are turning floors into lava, creating aquariums in living rooms, setting off mixed reality fireworks, and creating new ways to improve the quality of life for humanity through the power of holograms.
"For everyone joining us in our six new countries, welcome! I am looking forward to seeing what you dream and create, as you join the growing set of people and organisations whose passion and ingenuity are changing the future of computing," said Alex Kipman from the OS Group at Microsoft.
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