What you need to know
- Microsoft has closed down its Mixed Reality Studio in Berlin.
- The studio employed a team of 10 people working on designing mixed reality experiences.
- Studio head Dirk Songuer revealed the closing on Twitter, noting that it was "a rational business and strategic decision."
Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality efforts in Berlin are coming to a close. The company has shut down its Mixed Reality Studio in Berlin, according to studio head Dirk Songuer, putting an end to the team's work on mixed reality experiences at the studio.
Dear friends, it is with great sadness I wanted to let you know that Microsoft decided to close down our Mixed Reality Studio in Berlin. We will wrap up our projects until the end of the month and then close shop.— Dirk Songuer (@DirkSonguer) June 10, 2019
In a further tweet, Songuer goes on to note that the move came down to a "rational business and strategic" decision on Microsoft's part, adding, "[e]verybody agrees we delivered great work for customers, partners & internally and there is little we could have done more." According to Songuer, the Mixed Reality Studio team in Berlin was made up of 10 people, all of whom worked on developing mixed reality experiences for the tech giant.
Microsoft's mixed reality efforts have been relatively low-profile outside of recent moves in the enterprise sector. Last year, two new Dynamics 365 mixed reality apps, Remote Assist and Layout, launched into general availability and were later revealed to be in development for Android and iOS. Microsoft also recently launched its HoloLens 2 headset, catered to enterprise and workforce applications.
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