Microsoft VP Scott Evans hints at a meaningful update to the HoloLens headset. Also, Teams is now integrated into HoloLens 2.
Microsoft is now integrating Microsoft Teams fully into its mixed reality headset, HoloLens 2. This will enable users to make calls, view contacts and calendars, and join group meetings directly from the headset. Additionally, users can now view shared screens as holograms, and access text chat, images, and PDFs during calls, with OneDrive integration powering file sharing and viewing.
In the past, Microsoft Remote Assist 365 has been primarily used on the HoloLens 2 for remote assistance scenarios, designed for an engineer or support person to dial into a meeting or call and be guided through a problem. With the new integration, Teams users on desktop or mobile will be able to see the HoloLens 2 video feed from the viewpoint of the person wearing the headset, similar to a GoPro recording the outside world on a helmet.
Microsoft has also integrated other tools such as Dynamics 365 Guides for on-the-job training into the HoloLens 2, to make it more adaptable to hybrid work scenarios. Users can also now use text chat during calls, and access images or PDFs shared in a call as holograms. The company's goal is to make the HoloLens 2 more powerful in terms of communication and collaboration.
There have been reports suggesting that Microsoft may have discontinued the development of a HoloLens 3, raising questions about the future of the headset. However, these reports were denied by Alex Kipman, the co-creator of the HoloLens, before he left Microsoft. Additionally, the new head of mixed reality at Microsoft, has recently indicated that the company is still working on a new version of the HoloLens.
In a recent blog post on Microsoft’s website, Scott Evans, Microsoft’s VP of mixed reality is quoted as saying, “We’re just looking for the right design point to make it a meaningful update. They want a successor device that’s going to enable an even higher return on investment,”. In that post it also states that Microsoft is “pushing forward on all core hardware technologies: displays, tracking, sensors, and battery life”.
It is only a matter of time before we get a glimpse of the new HoloLens 3. With the looming speculation regarding Apple’s new MR headset being announced this year; we expect Microsoft to follow up with an announcement regarding the newest version of HoloLens sometime in 2024.
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