Microsoft has made a significant acquisition in the telecommunications space, purchasing the UK-based company Metaswitch. While the acquisition may not seem directly related to Microsoft's current focus on augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR), industry experts speculate that the move could have a significant impact on the future of AR.
Metaswitch is a leading provider of cloud-native communications software for 5G networks. Its technology allows mobile operators to build and manage high-performance networks that support advanced services, such as AR and MR.
Microsoft's acquisition of Metaswitch could provide the company with the technology and expertise needed to build a more robust and reliable AR platform.
Microsoft has been investing heavily in AR and MR technology in recent years, with the development of the HoloLens 2 and other related products. The company has also been working to build out its Azure cloud platform to support AR and MR applications.
Experts believe that the acquisition of Metaswitch could provide Microsoft with the technology and expertise needed to build out its Azure platform even further, making it a more robust and capable platform for AR and MR applications. The acquisition could also help Microsoft gain a competitive edge in the growing AR and MR market, which is expected to see significant growth in the coming years.
The acquisition of Metaswitch is just one of many moves that Microsoft has made in the AR and MR space in recent years. The company has also been working to build partnerships with other companies, such as the collaboration with Qualcomm to develop the Snapdragon XR2 platform, which offers improved performance for standalone AR and MR headsets.
As Microsoft continues to invest in AR and MR technology, industry experts are keeping a close eye on the company's moves. With the acquisition of Metaswitch, Microsoft is well positioned to become a major player in the growing AR and MR market.