Microsoft is a multinational company that offers a plethora of solutions and products. In fact, it does not hesitate to associate the options found on some with the functioning of others. One of the most recent examples is the Teams chat integration with Outlook.
We can also talk about the new tools integrated into the mixed reality headset, HoloLens 2, to facilitate collaboration between teams. This is a major update, in this case for teams using the HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset. They will no longer need to jump to a computer or phone before they can join meetings with the rest of their organization.
Microsoft further extends the range of possibilities of the ecosystem
Until then, the HoloLens 2 mixed reality headset only supports making and receiving Teams video calls. In the eyes of many users, these collaboration options are very limited.
With the recent update, it will now be possible to display using HoloLens 2 a series of holographic windows with calls, chats and Teams calendars. Microsoft has also thought about integrating OneDrive, which makes the headphones more attractive. Thus, users will now be able to access their cloud-based folders and view Word documents, PDFs and videos shared during calls.
This new update confirms Microsoft’s desire not to abandon the HoloLens project. Earlier in the year, reports emerged claiming that the tech giant had dropped its plans for the HoloLens 3 and that would be the end of the device. The company had also denied this by qualifying the HoloLens project as “essential part of the company’s plans for emerging categories like mixed reality and metaverse”.
Taking advantage of the integration of new Teams tools into HoloLens 2, Microsoft VP of Mixed Reality Scott Evans said the company is “just looking for the right design point to make this a meaningful update. “.
Microsoft also discusses future capabilities of Toyota’s on-demand headset
Microsoft does not intend to rest on its laurels. The new update also allowed the company to combine its two mixed reality applications called Dynamics 365. As a reminder, the first, which bears the name of Dynamics 365 Guides, provides holographic instructions. Meanwhile, the Dynamics 365 Remote Assist app lets frontline workers show their colleagues what they see in the field.
The tech giant knew that the new Dynamics 365 combo app was a priority request from Toyota. The Japanese car manufacturer has been providing feedback on the HoloLens headset since 2016, to which it is obviously very attached. David Kleiner, who heads Toyota North America’s Technology and Applied Research Lab, said giving laptops to frontline workers wouldn’t work because they don’t have desk jobs.
According to him: “Someone can pick up a HoloLens, start a guides session, and literally have a trainer in their head. If they need help, they can call an expert right from the app.”
Finally, it must be said that in addition to taking into account the comments of its customers about the HoloLens project, Microsoft has announced that it will release a new version of the helmet.