The Windows 10 Anniversary Update is rolling out across the platform. Today is the official roll out of the major upgrade, with PC and mobile users getting the update.However, the Anniversary Update is also rolling out to the HoloLens augmented reality headset.
Anniversary Update is ushering in Microsoft's wider Universal Windows Platform (UWP) to end users.
The idea is for Windows 10 to work equally across all of Microsoft's form factors. Mobile and PC have been linked before, but now they will be joined. Also coming to the mix is the Xbox platform and the AR product.
We have seen Microsoft expand its services to work on HoloLens, such as some Office applications. The new Anniversary Update will bolster that development.
Users can now grab the update on their headset by heading to Settings > Check, where build 14393 is located. It is worth noting that the device has a different UI to PC. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft has tied the Anniversary Update into the device.
HoloLens Commercial Suite
Today, Microsoft also presented the HoloLens Commercial Suite which includes the Development Edition hardware as well as enterprise features for added security and device management.
With the HoloLens Commercial Suite, Microsoft offers now “a solution they can confidently pilot and deploy in their enterprises”, the company writes in the release blog post. Here are the main features:
- “Kiosk mode. With HoloLens kiosk mode, you can limit which apps to run to enable demo or showcase experiences.
- Mobile Device Management (MDM) for HoloLens. Your IT department can manage multiple HoloLens devices simultaneously using solutions like Microsoft InTune. You will be able to manage settings, select apps to install and set security configurations tailored to your organization's need.
- Identity. Azure Active Directory & next generation credentials with pin unlock.
- Windows Update for Business. Controlled operating system updates to devices and support for long term servicing branch.
- Data security. BitLocker data encryption and secure boot is enabled on HoloLens to provide the same level of security protection as any other Windows device.
- Work access. Anyone in your organization can remotely connect to the corporate network through a virtual private network on a HoloLens. HoloLens can also access Wi-Fi networks that require credentials.
- Windows Store for Business. Your IT department can also set up an enterprise private store, containing only your company's apps for your specific HoloLens usage. Securely distribute your enterprise software to selected group of enterprise users.”
Of course, the HoloLens is still not available to general consumers yet. It has been through several stages of preview releases for developers to create content. Indeed, content is key for Microsoft as the company says the device needs content before launching.
As came out from our recent interview with CapitolaVR, a HoloLens developer who made the Pokemon Go game run on the device, there is no doubt that the device has huge potential moving forward.
Have you downloaded the Anniversary Update for HoloLens? Let us know how the platform is on your device.