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The wait is over. This week Microsoft announced it will start taking preorders for the long awaited HoloLens augmented reality headset outside the United States and Canada. Now people in Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom can order the device.

Shipment to start in late November

In Europe the price for the HoloLens will be 3,299 € (£2,719 in the UK). This is between $300 to $600 more expensive than the $3,000 that Microsoft sells the headset for in the US. Until preorder customers can hold their own device in their hands they will still have to have a little patience. According to Microsoft shipment for the first devices outside North America will start in late November.

Different from the competition

Other devices like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive already having a foothold in the market. Microsoft is tapping a different target group though. As an augmented reality device the HoloLens merges the digital and real world. It is based on Windows 10 and allows users to interact with not only games but graphics software as well as apps for daily use such as calendar, Skype and Office through gestures.

More to come from Microsoft

In late October at the Surface hardware event Microsoft is expected to talk more about HoloLens. This might include cooperation with partners such as Acer, AMD, Asus, CyberPowerPC, Dell, Falcon, HP, HTC, iBuyPower, Intel, Lenovo, MSI, Northwest, and Qualcomm to make Windows Holographics available on a wider range of devices.


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