Microsoft has introduced Outlook Mail and Calendar compatibility for its mixed reality project HoloLens.
(CCM) — On Thursday, Microsoft announced in a blog post that users of its self-contained holographic computer, HoloLens, would be able to access Outlook Mail and Calendar. This integration marks the first time that holographic email and calendar apps will be put to use. Microsoft is currently focusing its energies in mixed reality on business personnel; one of the company's recommendations is that users use HoloLens to project their day's events and obligations while at work in order. However, Microsoft has also expressed plans to expand their involvement in holographic technology in the future based partially on customer feedback.
Microsoft's expansion of available holographic services is just one of a few recent initiatives to enrich the technology of mixed reality. Earlier this year, Queen's University's Human Media Lab unveiled a one-of-a-kind prototype of its flexible, holographic smartphone, HoloFlex. The device allows multiple users to view the same 3D image at once without the need for 3D glasses, instead featuring a layer of tiny lenses. Users are also able to bend the device in order to manipulate its controls. The device premiered in California in May 2016.
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