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Microsoft adds more oomph to its HoloLens plans

Microsoft opens its HoloLens partner program to more people and companies.

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It may seem like an eternity before Microsoft's HoloLens will actually ship to ordinary people. Today, however, the tech giant officially opened up its related partner program to system integrators and digital agencies. The act hopefully signals the company's commitment to bring HoloLens to true retail reality.

At the moment, the slick augmented reality platform (or mixed reality as Microsoft prefers) is still reportedly at least two years away from hitting store shelves. 

When asked for further comment Microsoft explained, "This new program expands the ecosystem of partners with the skills needed to build world-class mixed reality solutions." 

The company spokesperson also pointed out that HoloLens has been shipping to developers and commercial customers since March 2016.

First published July 10, 2017, 8:47 a.m. PT.
Updated July 11, 3 p.m. PT: This story has been updated to include comment from Microsoft.