On Wednesday at the WinHEC 2016 Developers Conference, Microsoft and Intel announced a new deep partnership to define the minimum standards for next-generation merged reality computing in 2017 and beyond.

The new innitiative is being called Project EVO, which intends to combine efforts such as Intel’s Project Alloy and processors with Windows 10, Windows Hello, far-field communication, AI, Cortana and other combined products in order to showcase what is possible with the PC and to set the course for the future.

According to Microsoft’s Terry Myerson and Intel’s Navin Shenoy:

“Intel and Microsoft have partnered on a technology specification to help developers design powerful merged reality PCs and experiences. A powerful CPU is central to this experience so, together with Microsoft, we are ensuring that Windows 10 merged reality experiences are optimized on a range of Performance-class, 6th and 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs. And, by the end of 2017, merged reality will scale across mainstream Intel architecture platforms natively on Intel HD Graphics. We’re also collaborating on Intel’s Project Alloy All-in-One head-mounted display reference design, Intel® Optane™, Intel® RealSense™, Thunderbolt™, and eventually removing the cable with WiGig to take the experience to the next level.”

Devices and software based around Project Evo should start showing up in early 2017 with the much anticipated Windows 10 Creators Update.

Very exciting news from Intel and Microsoft. We will provide info on this as it becomes available.


Sean Earley is the Executive Editor of AR/VR Magazine & co-founder of RobotSpaceship Podcast Network. He is the Director of New Biz Development and Publishing at KEMWEB, a musician, producer & consultant. He loves guitars, VR and coffee.