At its Future Decoded conference in London, Microsoft announced that its augmented-reality headset: HoloLens will expand its general availability to an additional 29 markets including Austria, Switzerland, and Sweden next month. Earlier this year the company launched the device in the UK, Germany, and France among several other countries, and this will, according to the technology firm, form part of its bigger vision to bring these devices to more companies and individuals looking to disrupt traditional business processes.
In addition, General Manager for HoloLens and Windows Experiences, Lorraine Bardeen announced several new features that will head to each device by way of a software update. Among these are highly requested additions like integration with Teams and Azure Active Directory:
Our customers love existing Skype functionality on HoloLens; however, there are a couple of improvements they’ve been asking for. I’m excited to share that in first quarter of next year we are shipping an additional holographic remote instruction capability built on Microsoft Teams and Azure Active Directory. Our customers will now be able to work more seamlessly within their existing IT infrastructure.
Microsoft further touted several companies that have been using the headset, including Ford which is utilizing it to replace the traditional clay model in its industrial design process. Several other key scenarios for the HoloLens have been laid out by Bardeen in the blog post, including those looking to improve remote assistance, training procedures, and design processes
The HoloLens can be ordered through the Microsoft Store in each of these 39 countries and comes at a price of $3000 for the standalone Development Edition.
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