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24 Dec, 2023
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Microsoft is bidding farewell to its Windows Mixed Reality platform, as confirmed by an official list of deprecated Windows features.

This discontinuation includes the Windows Mixed Reality software, along with the Mixed Reality Portal app and the associated Steam VR app. Although the platform is still functional, Microsoft has indicated that it will be "removed in a future release of Windows."

Initially introduced in 2017 as Microsoft's entry into the competitive VR space, Windows Mixed Reality aimed to rival industry counterparts like HTC and Oculus (now owned by Meta). Despite offering in-person shared mixed reality experiences, the platform failed to achieve widespread adoption, leading to its impending phase-out.

Notably, this development does not impact Microsoft's other mixed-reality ecosystem enterprise-focused Hololens 2, which received a Windows 11 upgrade and other enhancements earlier this year.

The company has also undergone significant restructuring within its VR division, resulting in layoffs and the discontinuation of the AltspaceVR app. Despite these changes, Microsoft is actively working on its Mesh app, allowing virtual meetings for co-workers without the need for a headset.