In an official blog post, Microsoft has announced today that developer applicants will now be receiving invitations to purchase the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition, which will start shipping in the US and Canada on March 30th at a price of US $3,000. Microsoft highlights that the APIs responsible for holographic computing are already available in Windows 10. “Starting today, developers will have access to documentation, and to the developer community, that will help them create amazing experiences”, writes Microsoft.
Today represents a monumental step forward. This is the first step in our journey to consumers. A step focused on our commercial partnerships and on supporting developers, who will help pave the way to consumer availability with amazing and new holographic experiences.
We believe that the future is holographic, and as a result, we will continue to empower the developers who will help bring that future to life. The investments that developers have made in our Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps will carry forward. With Windows, holograms are Universal Windows apps and all Universal Windows apps can be made to work on Windows holographic.
Microsoft points out that holographic apps in the Windows Store can be monetized in the same way that all other apps are. The company has already put up guides and detailed tutorials at dev.windows.com/holographic. More development tools, including Visual Studio projects and a HoloLens emulator, will be released when HoloLens devices start shipping to customers next month.
Users who order HoloLens will have immediate access to hundreds of UWP apps through the Windows Store, including OneDrive, Maps, Remote Desktop, People, Movies & TV, Groove Music and Microsoft Office apps. To learn more, hit up this link.
Virtual reality looks to be another frontier for the tech space, as even Apple is rumoured to be working on its own VR product.