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Microsoft Developing Open Source 3D Formats Platform

Extending the company’s plans for 3D through the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is joining 3D Formats, an open source platform to develop GL Transmission Format.


In a blog post, announced that it is working on an open source 3D platform. The company says it has joined 3D Formats working group at Khronos to collaborate on its GL Transmission Format (glTF).

Microsoft discussed its 3D ambitions at length while launching Windows 10 Creators Update last week. The company introduced Paint 3D and explored how is focusing on virtual reality.

Indeed, using the HoloLens technology, Microsoft plans to create a mixed reality platform. The upshot of this is a more immersive VR experience.

“At Microsoft, we are committed to an open and interoperable 3D content development ecosystem.  As 3D content becomes more pervasive, there is a need for a common, open and interoperable to describe, edit, and share 3D assets between different applications. glTF fills this need as an expressive and capable open standard.”

The Khronos Group is an American-based non-profit. The group hopes to create open standard APIs for dynamic media that is royalty free.

The GL Transmission Format (glTF) is a much-used open interoperable language for 3D assets. It has already been adopted by companies such as and Oculus.

Windows 10 and 3D

At its Windows 10 Creator Event last week, Microsoft discussed in length its plans for 3D and VR. We covered the event and reported on Microsoft's overall plans for 3D in Windows 10. Much of the focus is built around Paint 3D and the various features it brings to the platform.

Paint 3D will integrate with HoloLens, allowing Paint creations to be sent to the headset. Users can then interact with these objects within a mixed-reality . Microsoft also announced the Windows Holographic SKU will be made available for VR developers. HoloTour is an example of VR and augmented reality working in tandem.

The feature allows users to tour city locations and landmarks around the world in an immersive and interactive mixed reality.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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