Microsoft stepped into the domain of mixed reality and holographic content with HoloLens back in January 2015. This year in March, Microsoft started shipping the developer edition of its HoloLens headset in the United States and Canada for $3,000 (roughly Rs. 2 lakhs). Starting Wednesday, Microsoft HoloLens will be available for pre-orders in six more countries - Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
The Microsoft HoloLens will be available for the following prices in the aforementioned countries in Development Edition and Commercial Suite (adding the volume order ability). The most common Development Edition will cost EUR 3,299 ($3,633) in Germany, France and Ireland, £2,719 ($3,335) in the UK, AUD 4,369 ($3,308) in Australia, and NZD 7,829 ($5,527) in New Zealand.
In June this year, Microsoft had already opened the gates for developers to join its HoloLens world, then foraying into PCs. HoloLens is claimed to be the world's first standalone and untethered holographic computer.
"When we set out to pioneer mixed reality we knew that many of the best innovations would be discovered only when developers and organizations started developing with HoloLens. As a creator, there is no better feeling than empowering others to let their imagination run wild with innovation.", said Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow for the Windows and Devices Group, in a blog post announcing wider availability of the headset.
In other news, Microsoft is expected to launch its new Surface AIO at its recently announced October 26 Windows 10 event. The event will kick off at 10am EDT (or 7:30pm IST) and will be live streamed.