Microsoft Edge brings support to popular VR frameworks with Fall Creators Update

Dave W. Shanahan

Microsoft, Edge, VR, AR, API, Windows 10, Fall Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is coming October 17, 2017, and there are plenty of great Windows 10 updates and features on the way. In the Edge browser, Microsoft will add new VR framework support. Previously, Microsoft released the WebVR 1.1 API in Edge, an update that was included in the Windows 10 Creators Update. WebVR 1.1 API allowed developers to create immersive VR experiences using the Windows Mixed Reality developer kit.

On October 17th, Microsoft will release EdgeHTML 16 with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, introducing new experiences via Windows Mixed Reality. As more and more people look to use mixed reality headsets with Windows 10, Microsoft is happy to announce that popular WebVR frameworks, including A-Frame, BabylonJS, ReactVR and three.js will now be supported by Windows Mixed Reality. EdgeHTML 16 will also update Microsoft’s WebVR 1.1 API with added support for Windows Mixed Reality motion controllers.

That’s good news, as Microsoft has made Edge the first stable browser to be able to support VR (virtual reality). Now, you can view 2D websites, manage your favorites, and more all from the comfort of your Windows 10 Mixed Reality headset. Even if you are browsing the web in Edge on your Windows 10 desktop, you can switch to your VR headset and continue browsing the web if you want. Since Microsoft Edge is built on the UWP (Universal Windows Platform), you can use Edge along with the 2,000+ Windows Mixed Reality apps available in the Microsoft Store.

If you are a developer interested in learning more about how this added WebVR API will help you, there is extensive documentation available online. Otherwise, stay tuned to OnMSFT for more information on Windows Mixed Reality headsets and more on the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release on October 17, 2017.