Microsoft is reducing its . In a spotted by (via ), the company announced that it would shut down AltspaceVR, the social virtual reality platform that the company on March 10, 2023. Microsoft attributed the move to a desire to focus on Mesh, the company’s mixed reality platform and said later would come .
“We look forward to what’s to come, including our launch of Microsoft Mesh, a new connection and collaboration platform, beginning to enable workplaces around the world,” Microsoft said. “In the near term, we are focusing our VR efforts on workplace experiences, learning from and alongside our early customers and partners, and ensuring we provide a foundation that enables safety, trust and compliance. . Over time, we hope to expand to the customer experience[s] a[s] good.”
News of the shutdown comes after Microsoft confirmed it would until the end of March. According to Microsoft plans to cut the entire AltspaceVR team as part of the reorganization. , the company has also downsized its HoloLens team. Over the past year, the division has seen the departure of former chief Alex Kipman, who left Microsoft in June and the with the US military. In 2022, Microsoft has also apparently abandoned plans he had for a new HoloLens device.
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