Microsoft will shut down AltspaceVR on March 10th.

Microsoft’s . discovered by (Through ), the company announced it would be shutting down AltspaceVR, the company’s social virtual reality platform, on March 10, 2023. Microsoft attributed this decision to a desire to focus on Mesh, a mixed reality platform that the company said would come later.

“We’re excited to see what’s ahead, starting with enabling workspaces around the world, and including the launch of Microsoft Mesh, a new platform for connectivity and collaboration,” Microsoft said. “In the near term, we will focus our VR efforts on the workplace experience and provide a foundation to learn from and enable security, trust and compliance with our early customers and partners. We hope to expand into the consumer experience over time.[s] all[s] well.”

News of the shutdown came after Microsoft confirmed it would do so by the end of March. According to Microsoft plans to cut the entire AltspaceVR team as part of the overhaul. , the company also reduced the staffing of its HoloLens team. Over the past year, the division has seen its former head Alex Kipman, who left Microsoft in June, depart with the US Army. In 2022, Microsoft has also reportedly abandoned plans for a new HoloLens device.

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