Microsoft acquires VR social media company AltspaceVR

MirosoftMicrosoft has acquired VR social media company AltspaceVR and will be funding its ventures going forward.


All this happened after a difficult summer fraught with failed efforts to secure needed funding failed. The news was broken in San Francisco at Microsoft’s Mixed Reality event that was held last Tuesday.

After announcing that there lay a possiblility of shuttering in July, AltspaceVR stated that help would be coming in a then unspecified form.

Now, after Microsoft’s acquisition, it will closely collaborate on Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality, slated for release on October 17th.

Altspace VR is most famous for creating a social media app that allows users to interact with each other in virtual online spaces with personal avatars.

The app’s primary trademark was its virtual online events that featured standup comedy and talks with celebrities such as Reggie Watts, Al Roker, and Bill Nye.

The 40-person venture had managed to attain 15 million dollars in funding from Comcast Ventures, Tencent, and Dolby Family Ventures among others, before its recent troubles broke out.

The app is available for Google Daydream, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Samsung Gear VR, but previously there hasn’t been a peep about Windows Mixed Reality. All that changed with this announcement.

According to Microsoft’s mixed reality lead, Alex Kipman, there are currently no plans to rebrand Altspace or announce new apps and the team is largely the same as before the acquisition.

Altspace plans to continue working on other VR platforms besides that of Microsoft.

[Source: Variety]