After introducing Remote Assist and Layout during early May, Microsoft has made these available for free preview starting yesterday, May 22. It is a limited-time free offer that you can get from Microsoft Store.
The company is as well set to bring the Windows 10 April 2018 update to HoloLens, and it packs important updates for developers, IT administrators and commercial HoloLens customers. The new features will be made available within the coming weeks.
Microsoft Remote Assist is a HoloLens app that provides users with collaborative remote activities like heads-up, image sharing, hands-free video calling, and mixed reality annotations. As for Microsoft Layout, it will help users use HoloLens for bringing space designs from concept to completion faster by viewing the designs at real-world scale and size.
ZF Group, a German car-parts manufacturer has been in works with Microsoft using Remote Assist and Layout for the past few months. The partnership has provided these apps with insights for daily usage. Microsoft shared a video in its blog to show ZF’s works in its factory.
Regarding the Windows 10 April ‘18 update, it brings improved support for Unified Endpoint Management solutions (MDM) for IT admins to ‘simplify and automate device management.’ This will help them in providing, securing, managing and updating all HoloLens devices.
For integrating the solutions across diverse environments and platforms, Microsoft partnered MDM providers like IBM MaaS360, SOTI, and Mobilelron. They will be delivering the solutions to market soon enough.
Thanks to the Win10 update, developers, on the other hand, will get improvements in spatial mapping, new holographic projection modes, APIs for tailoring apps, and automatic selection of focus point for improving holograph stability; along with a new feature called Research Mode.
The update further brings several productive features for the end customers as well. The most notable ones are the usage of AI for implementing maneuverings like auto-placement of new 2D and 3D content, updates of apps such as Photos and Holograms, improvement of mixed reality capture via hardware shortcut, and support for Media Transport Protocol and File Manager; among others.
That’s a lot of newness Microsoft is bringing for different kinds of users. As usual, it hints for more updates in the next month. So, stay tuned!