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Microsoft CEO details timeline for HoloLens dev kit

Microsoft will make its HoloLens—a headset and visor that projects "augmented reality" onto physical objects—available to developers within the next year, CEO Satya Nadella said in a BBC interview Friday.

"We will have developer versions of it first, and then it will be more commercial use cases and it will evolve," Nadella told the BBC. "This is a five-year journey. ... [The developer version] is in the Windows 10 time frame, which means that is within the next year."

The HoloLens is built on the Windows 10 system. It has an external camera and does not require a PC or phone connection.

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Microsoft said the HoloLens will understand movements, vision and voice.

It's different from virtual reality headsets such as Facebook's Oculus Rift or Samsung's Gear VR in that it projects 3-D graphics into the physical world, rather than immersing the user in a separate, computer-generated environment.

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A Microsoft spokesman confirmed the HoloLens timeline to CNBC, and said the company was seeing "many great ideas coming from developers, and great interest coming from enterprises."