Dynamics 365 Layout gets improved HoloLens 2 experience and more in July update

At Ignite last year, Microsoft announced a new mixed reality application for Dynamics 365, named Layout. Its primary purpose is to help users design easily editable workspaces in the form of holograms in the physical world or in virtual reality. Today, the tech giant has announced some new features and improvements as part of this month's updates for the service.

Locked layouts are now available. As the name suggests, the feature will enable you to lock a layout, preventing any accidental changes affecting sensitive layouts. If someone attempts to access models or place new ones in a locked layout, on the third consecutive attempt to do so, they will be informed through a prompt that the layout currently locked for editing. Users can select the option of locking and unlocking layouts from the sidebar menu in the application.

Some changes have been brought for HoloLens 2 as well. To start off, Layout will automatically be downloaded and installed on HoloLens 2 during its start-up, with users being able to immediately access the app using their Azure Active Directory credentials. Furthermore, there is now improved localization support for Layout on the mixed reality headset, with support for the following locales becoming available:

  • US
  • Canada (English and French)
  • UK
  • Australia
  • Germany
  • France
  • China
  • Japan
  • Taiwan (no speech support)
  • Hong Kong (no speech support)

The locale you choose when setting up HoloLens 2 will automatically be selected as the default option in Layout. However, voice support for room-scan processes isn't going to be offered for non-English languages yet.

Microsoft recently announced new integrations for Dynamics 365 ahead of its ongoing Inspire 2019 partner's conference. If you do not currently own Layout, you can download it here from the Microsoft Store for a free 90-day trial.

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