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.
Do multiple Microsoft patents around AR/MR technology limit what developers can do?
I was reviewing the long list of MS patents for AR/MR technology. It seems that a lot of areas for applications is already patented by Microsoft. Just as an example, I've noticed these patents: Service provision using personal audio/visual system, Augmented books in a mixed reality environment, Personal audio/visual system providing allergy awareness, Exercising application for personal audio/visual system, etc. There are hundreds of claims in each of them covering every possible implementation. Just after a quick review of the claims it looks like any applications for Hololens from correspondently service, books, allergy awareness, fitness categories are covered by the above patents. Does it mean that no developer/company can develop apps for Hololens in these categories other than Microsoft itself? It looks like Microsoft already patented the majority of potential future apps. This goes against the whole encouragement to develop for Hololens. Could you please clear this up for me?