Microsoft is bringing Windows 11 to HoloLens 2, adding the security, collaboration and other features of the company’s newest operating system to its industrial metaverse and mixed reality solution.
According to Microsoft, security was a major driver in bringing Windows 11 to HoloLens 2, helping users of the mixed reality solution feel confident when building and deploying end-to-end solutions. The free upgrade to the newest operating system also includes continuous platform support, including monthly security servicing updates that reinforce the protection of sensitive information while improving app performance.
To upgrade HoloLens 2 to Windows 11 for free, users can navigate to Settings>Update & Security>Check for Updates. Doing so will automatically trigger the system update. Microsoft notes that the upgrade is optional, and customers can continue using Windows 10 if they prefer.
Along with the release of Windows 11 on HoloLens 2, Microsoft is rolling out new features for Dynamics 365 Guides, including 3D annotations, custom security, industry compliance guidance and additional Microsoft Teams features in Guides.
The new annotation feature allows users to annotate anything around them within arm’s reach, and 3D drawings don’t need to be attached to a machine or surface, Microsoft says.
Microsoft’s new custom security feature in Dynamics 365 Guides, “Restricted Mode,” is designed to give organizations more control over mixed reality apps and the ability to enforce stricter access controls around systems and information deployed on HoloLens 2.
The company is also releasing new industry guidance for Dynamics 365 Guides for regulated industries that must comply with Good Practice (GxP) protocols. This includes refining industrial use cases on Guides to further address compliance, quality control, risk management and documentation.
Microsoft Teams is already integrated with Dynamics 365 Guides, but Microsoft is enhancing the experience with additional features such as the ability to goggle video on or off before a call and performance improvements.
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