6 New Countries Join Microsoft Holographic Experience with HoloLens Expansion

Windows 10 will be updated in 2017 to include Windows Holographic platform -- a mixed-reality experiences enabling people to bring virtual and physical worlds together.

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Microsoft HoloLens will now be available for pre-order in six new countries, with devices starting to ship in late November.

Microsoft expands its holographic horizons, as HoloLens launches in Europe, Australia and NZ

HoloLens, is the world's first self-contained holographic computer.

The new countries announced on Wednesday include Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. "In welcoming these six new countries, October 12, 2016 marks another major milestone for us," writes Alex Kipman.

The news comes while HoloLens is experiencing tremendous excitement and interest from developers and commercial customers and partners around the globe, "developing innovative solutions that are already having a positive impact on their business," he said. These customers are the "early adopters of the kind of mixed-reality solutions."

Further he notes, as they announced back in june at Computex, the "Windows Holographic will be coming to Windows 10 PCs in 2017," and "head-mounted displays" too.

The new platform will deliver incredible new mixed-reality experiences and development opportunity to "take advantage of the growing ecosystem of Windows Holographic devices." "As all holographic apps are Universal Windows apps, and all Universal Windows apps can be made to run on the Windows Holographic platform," Kipman explained.

Microsoft had first announced HoloLens in 2015 January and shipped to developers and commercial partners in Canada and the United States on March 31, 2016.

Microsoft hasn't yet revealed when it will make the headset available in other parts of the world, but a further global expansion is no doubt on its roadmap. Here's the cost breakdown of HoloLens in each of these new markets: “United Kingdom - £2719, Ireland - €3299, France - €3299, Germany - €3299, Australia - $4369, New Zealand - $4699.”

For more information about the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition and Commercial Suite, and Windows Holographic, visiti here.