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Microsoft Soundscape app: being discontinued

A popular O&M navigation app is being discontinued.

The popular mobility app, Microsoft Soundscape, will no longer be available for download from the App Store after January 3, 2023. Existing downloads of the app will work until the end of June 2023. Released in the U.S. six years ago, Soundscapes is hailed as “a map delivered in 3D sound’. Soundscapes utilizes spatial audio navigation, enabling users to build an in-depth awareness of their surroundings and supports users in building mental maps.

Microsoft created Soundscapes as a research project; the project will reach its conclusion on January 3, 2023. At that time, Soundscapes will be released as an ‘open-source’ software, meaning that the original source code is freely available and may be modified and redistributed. Microsoft is hopeful that others will take the source code and run with it!


by Diane Brauner

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