Microsoft and Adobe are unveiling new software for holographically capturing images in the coming months, and the companies are also announcing new hardware for creating holographic displays.
The new software will work on PCs, Macs, Windows 10 and Linux computers.
The first software release is due to hit stores later this year.
“Holographic is now on everyone’s desktops, laptops and tablets, and we’re excited to introduce a whole new way of working with holograms in 2018,” said Jeff Bauch, senior vice president and general manager of Windows, Hardware, Cloud and Devices at Microsoft.
“As holographic technology evolves, we want to bring more people into our holographic ecosystem,” he added.
“We have a wide range of new software, hardware and experiences that will help us deliver on the promise of holographic computing and technology.”
Holography is the process of using light to create images on a screen.
It allows the user to look around a virtual space with a range of different visual experiences, but there is no physical representation of the images on the screen.
Holograms are a growing industry, with the number of companies now in the business growing by at least 40 per cent every year, according to data from Statista.
Microsoft is a major player in the holographic market, with its HoloLens technology powering the Surface Pro 4.
Microsoft has also created a holographic holographic interface that is part of the Windows 10 operating system.
Apple has been the biggest holographic user in the world, with over 20 million people using Apple’s Apple Watch.
It has also been developing new holographic technologies, including its holographic sunglasses, which make glasses look like real glasses.
The latest holographic software will be called Windows Hololens.
It will be available as a free download for PC users in the US and Canada, and as a paid version for Windows 10 users in North America.
The new holograms will be able to take 3D photos of virtual objects, including moving objects and moving people, and display them on a virtual screen.
“We’ve always been about making holograms easy and simple for people to use and share, and Windows Holulens is going to help make that happen,” said John Grigsby, chief marketing officer at Adobe.
“This new generation of Windows Holologues will make it easy to connect to the hologram in any room, and allow us to offer a new way to see the world,” he said.
“Windows Hololensing will provide a new kind of entertainment experience for people of all ages.”
Microsoft said that the new software is designed for “highly immersive holograms”.
It is designed to work on Windows 10 PCs, with Macs and Linux running the holograph software, and is compatible with Microsoft HoloLens glasses.
The company is also developing a new set of tools for creating, editing and sharing holographic images.
Microsoft said the new hologram software will add to the existing suite of Windows software that enables users to “make, share, edit and control holograms.”