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Microsoft buys social VR startup

Microsoft Corp. purchased AltspaceVR, a social virtual reality startup, for an undisclosed sum, according to an Oct. 3 official blog post.

Microsoft will use the acquisition to incorporate communications technology into the startup's mixed reality ecosystem. AltspaceVR will continue to work on PC and Apple Inc.'s Mac in 2-D mode, HTC Vive, Facebook Inc.'s Oculus Rift, Daydream by Google Inc., and Samsung Gear VR.