Microsoft’s HoloLens is coming out its shell and embracing the world. The $3,000 mixed-reality goggles will finally get out of the U.S. and Canada and become available in other parts of the world including Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. Microsoft will start accepting pre-orders from today and ship the devices late November.
With the yields in the production of HoloLens higher than expected, Microsoft is finally ready to bring its futuristic goggles to the world outside US and Canada. However, Microsoft still needs to get its certifications from international regulatory bodies equivalent to US’s FCC in order to enter new markets.
Interestingly, even though Microsoft is releasing the HoloLens in select few European countries, because the Eurozone is a single integrated market, just about anyone in Europe will be able to get buy the HoloLens now.
Microsoft will bring both variants of the HoloLens to Europe: the $3,000 Development Edition and the $5,000 Commercial Suite that comes with extended support, added security and enterprise features.
HoloLens is part Microsoft’s grand dream of creating ‘Windows Holographic’, a mixed-reality computing platform that encourages third party manufacturers to use Windows 10 to build their own version of mixed-reality or virtual reality devices over time.
Microsoft’s HoloLens is a head-mounted display that houses a holographic computer that lets you see and interact with holograms within an enclosed environment such as a living room or in an office.