Firefox announced a collaboration with Microsoft which will bring the Firefox Reality web browser to the new Microsoft HoloLens 2.
A release date for the AR web browser has not been released yet but Mozilla did say they are working with community developers on the programming language Rust that will bring “The language and run time that enables us to deliver a more secure experience to the HoloLens platforms.”
Mozilla is still working with the developer who helped build the Firefox browser for the Magic Leap One and will build on previous efforts. They will also bring their web platform Mozilla Servo to the HoloLens 2 when it becomes available this summer.
Servo is an open source engine that will help lay the foundation of the company’s next generation WebXR Firefox Reality web browser, similar to Apple’s WebKit for Safari.
“Building on Microsoft’s years of experience with the current HoloLens among enterprises and consumers, we will work together to learn from developers and users about bringing AR content to the web,” said Lars Bergstrom, director of engineering at Mozilla’s mixed reality program.
Back in April 2018 Mozilla developed Firefox Reality to be a cross-platform, open sourced web browser that would be capable of delivering VR/AR headset-users normal web pages, but it also would be immersive for games, videos, environments, and experiences that can be found around the web.
Currently, Firefox for the Magic Leap One only offers support for standard 2D web pages, so there is still work that needs to be done before this new browser is released.
Mozilla said that they are continuing to focus on Firefox Reality so it can deliver a safe, private experience with open, accessible technology.
More information about Firefox Reality for the HoloLens 2 can be found via their blog. Developers can get involved in Mozilla projects by taking part in the company’s Servo Starts program as well.