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US media: Microsoft's second-generation HoloLens focus is not on hardware but on cloud services

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Similar problems exist with other Microsoft hardware products:SurfaceThe real purpose isDevelopmentNotebook, still improveOffice365 subscriptions?XboxThe focus is on game consoles or Xbox subscriptions and in-app purchases?

HoloLens 2 is technically the third generation of HoloLnes, because Microsoft skipped the second generation directly, but that product is still different from the first generation of products launched in 2016. It features an easy-to-turn sun visor for greater vertical visibility and precise hand and eye tracking for a more natural holographic interaction. In addition, the design has a reduced weight, it also uses the Opteron 850 processor and a custom artificial intelligence holographic coprocessor. This product may be shipped in the second half of the year.

But the focus should not be on the hardware, and HoloLens' success in the enterprise depends on software and services. It is unclear whether there will be some mainstream usage of this device.

Informed sources have revealed that HoloLnes 2 will also be the first to includeWindowsOne of the core operating system (WCOS) devices. But Microsoft just said that HoloLens 2 will include a version of Windows 10. Microsoft's holographic shell is built on WCOS. The firmware of this device has led to technological advances in new displays, cameras and other components.

HoloLens 1 will be able to connect to Azure and other Windows Mixed Reality eyewear in the future, and the HoloLens 2 will be able to access cloud and edge connectivity devices from the start.

Microsoft will also offer a standalone version of the HoloLens 2 hardware, priced at $3,500, which is $1,500 less than the commercial version of the HoloLens 1 that includes corporate security, management and warranty services. But the company will also offer two different HoloLens 2 subscription packages: the 3-year HoloLens 2+Dynamics 365 Remote Assistant package costs $125 per user per month ($1,500 per year); 1-year HoloLens 2+Dynamics 365 Remote Assistant Package per Users are $325 per month ($3,900 per year).

Specific to the return on investment, companies can save a lot of travel and training costs by subscribing to HoloLens 2 and networked devices. This is also the main content of various enterprise-level augmented reality pilot projects.

Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Remote Assistant, launched last year, allows field employees to contact experts remotely for help. Thanks to the head-mounted HoloLens, you can free your hands to handle the task. The Remote Assistant is part of Microsoft's strategy to provide the company's software and services to more front-line employees.

The Remote Assistant is just one of the Dynamics 365 brand HoloLens apps developed by Microsoft. Others include Dynamics Layout, Dynamics 365 Product Visualize and the upcoming Dynamics 365 Guides.

Microsoft also announced last week that the Dynamics 365 Remote Assistant app will be compatible with Android devices, while the Dynamics Product Visualize app will be compatible with iOS devices. However, the company did not disclose the time and specific technical parameters.

Microsoft has also introduced two new Azure services that can lead to smarter cloud smart boundary scenarios. These services were originally intended for preview users only.

Holographic applications can now share spatial positioning between them, allowing users to render holographic images of the same place in the real world between different devices. But with Azure Spatial Anchors, HoLoLens,iPhoneBoth shared and Android users can use a shared coordinate system to use a holographic image that is consistent across platforms. This service can also provide locations that map to Wi-Fi SSIDsdatabase. Users only need to download an app to integrate this application that combines virtual reality with reality.

In addition, Azure Remote Rendering is a new service that allows users to see ultra-fidelity holograms on iPhones and Android phones. Microsoft will perform image processing on the Azure GPU and then pass the content back to the phone via this service.

Microsoft also launched a new developer suite at MWC, which is related to HoloLens and the Smart Cloud Smart Boundary Strategy.

Project Kinect for Azure is a set of sensors, microphone arrays and onboard computing suites that Microsoft officials say can be used by developers to build advanced computer vision and voice solutions. The kit will now also be renamed the Azure Kinect Developer Kit. Microsoft is ready to pre-sell for $399.

Microsoft will also provide the Azure System Builder suite to customers to help them build custom HoloLens devices.

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