Microsoft intensify its VR business push with its HoloLens Update

Microsoft steps up its business push with its Windows 10 April 2018 Update for the HoloLens

Microsoft’s General Manager for Mixed Reality Workplace Lorraine Bardeen said in a May 22 blog post that the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (“Redstone 4”) for HoloLens would be “coming soon.” However, Microsoft’s release notes for the April 2018 Update for HoloLens say that the update (Build 17134.80) is available now for those who don’t want/need to wait for it to be delivered via Windows Update.

On May 22, Microsoft made available as a “limited-time free preview” two new HoloLens business apps which officials showed off during the company’s recent Build 2018 developer conference. Those apps — Remote Assist for hands-free video calling, image sharing and annotating, and Microsoft Layout for creating 3D space designs — are both available from the Microsoft Store.

Bardeen’s team also seemingly is building two other new augmented/mixed reality apps for HoloLens and Windows Mixed Reality headsets: one for Training and Dev and another for product-focused collaboration, based on information shared at Build. There’s no announced timeframe as to when these will debut.

The Windows 10 April 2018 Update for HoloLens is the first new Windows 10 feature update for the device that Microsoft has provided since 2016. As part of the update, Microsoft has added a number of new developer, IT pro and end user features, with a noticeable emphasis on business features.


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