Cloud Services


Mixed Reality cloud services like Azure Remote Rendering and Azure Spatial Anchors help developers build compelling immersive experiences on a variety of platforms. These services allow you to integrate spatial awareness into your projects when you're making applications for 3D training, predictive equipment maintenance, and design review, all in the context of your users’ environments.

In addition, there are other Azure Services that you can easily add into your existing projects that don't fall under the Mixed Reality umbrella. If you're developing for Unity, we have a wide range of tutorials listed at the bottom of this page to get you started.

Mixed Reality services

Azure Remote Rendering

Azure Remote Rendering (ARR) is a service that lets you to render highly complex 3D models in real time. ARR is currently in public preview. It can be added to your Unity or Native C++ projects targeting HoloLens 2 or Windows desktop PC.

Example of Azure Remote Rendering in Unity showcase app

Azure Spatial Anchors

Azure Spatial Anchors (ASA) is a cross-platform service that allows you to build spatially aware mixed reality applications. With Azure Spatial Anchors, you can map, persist, and share holographic content across multiple devices, at real-world scale.

Example of Azure Spatial Anchors

The service can be developed in a host of environments and deployed to a large group of devices and platforms. This gives them special dispensation for their own list of available platforms:

  • Unity for HoloLens
  • Unity for iOS
  • Unity for Android
  • Native iOS
  • Native Android
  • C++/WinRT and DirectX for HoloLens
  • Xamarin for iOS
  • Xamarin for Android

Standalone services

The standalone services listed below do not apply to Mixed Reality, but can be helpful in a wide range of development contexts. If you're developing in Unity, each of these services can integrated into your new or existing projects.

Device support

Azure Cloud Service HoloLens 1st Gen Immersive headsets
Language translation ✔️ ✔️
Computer vision ✔️ ✔️
Custom vision ✔️ ✔️
Cross-device notifications ✔️ ✔️
Face recognition ✔️ ✔️
Functions and storage ✔️ ✔️
Streaming video ✔️
Machine learning ✔️ ✔️
Functions and storage ✔️ ✔️
Application insights ✔️ ✔️
Object detection ✔️ ✔️
Microsoft Graph ✔️ ✔️
Bot integration ✔️ ✔️