After promising a renewed commitment to its augmented reality headset, Microsoft has finally handed over a Windows 11 variant to Hololens in an effort to reaffirm its dedication to the platform.
In the week after Apple announced its headset — the Vision Pro — Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Holographic Edition 23H1, itself a variant of the increasingly popular Windows 11 operating system.
With the upgrade, Microsoft promises to listen to customers, which in turn enhances reliability and predictability, while making it easier for companies to manage and manage fleets of Hololens devices.
Hololens gets a big upgrade
It’s been months since complaints about the Hololens first aired, relating not only to its buggy and poorly performing operating system, but also to the ergonomics and design of the headset itself. While a new device is still a long way off, upgrading to Windows 11 at least provides some reassurance that the company is still committed to augmented reality.
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Hololens is primarily aimed at businesses, and thus the needs of enterprise customers are catered to the most. Upgrades include a set of modifications to the way apps are updated and how the device is reset.
The Microsoft Edge WebView2 control is also now available in a public preview format, which allows companies to embed web technologies such as HTML and CSS into their native applications.
The company has also added a feature to auto-delete users who accessed the device at least recently to help companies manage the 64-user limit more smoothly. Announcement details: “Removing inactive accounts speeds up the sign-in process and improves privacy and security by reducing the retention of unused data.”
Microsoft employee and advertisement “With this new upgrade, we are strengthening our commitment to the platform with the upgrade to Windows 11,” said the author, Lola Bryan. “By making this investment, we have improved our engineering infrastructure and increased engineering velocity.”
Upgrades to 23H1 can be done from Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and administrators can also manage fleets from Windows Update for Business (WUfB) and MDM policy. Devices must be running 21H1 as a minimum to receive the upgrade, and Brian also stressed that the upgrade isn’t mandatory, so admins can disable the upgrade option until they’re ready to welcome Windows 11.
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