We have decided to phase out the Mixed Reality Forums over the next few months in favor of other ways to connect with us.
The first way we want to connect with you is our mixed reality developer program, which you can sign up for at https://aka.ms/IWantMR.
The plan between now and the beginning of May is to clean up old, unanswered questions that are no longer relevant. The forums will remain open and usable.
On May 1st we will be locking the forums to new posts and replies. They will remain available for another three months for the purposes of searching them, and then they will be closed altogether on August 1st.
So, where does that leave our awesome community to ask questions? Well, there are a few places we want to engage with you. For technical questions, please use Stack Overflow, and tag your questions using either hololens or windows-mixed-reality. If you want to join in discussions, please do so in the HoloDevelopers Slack, which you can join by going to https://aka.ms/holodevelopers. And always feel free to hit us up on Twitter @MxdRealityDev.
Survey for XR developers: Help the future of XR development
We have created the following survey for XR developers:
If you are an XR developer, I humbly ask you to fill the survey. Your XR application can be simple or unfinished, and all kinds of applications are welcome.
So far only 3 HoloLens developers have responded to the survey, with the vast majority of respondents being VR developers. Your participation will increase the representation of the Hololens developers, and help take into account the particular development issues that you have.
Filling the survey is also a good opportunity to reflect back on your own development experience :-)
The survey data will be analyzed with the purpose of finding ways to make XR development easier: the results should help to create better software tools and processes for XR development, as well as hardware that better accommodates the needs of developers. The survey findings will eventually be made public in an open access journal article.
In case you are wondering, we have quite a bit of experience with this line of research, e.g.: