Microsoft has announced the roll-out of version 23H2 for its Windows Holographic operating system this week, a year after the previous version 22H2 was launched. This operating system is significant to mixed reality devices including Microsoft's flagship product, the HoloLens 2. Earlier in the year, the device had received the Windows 11 update. The recent OS update boasts of a build number of 22621.1244.
According to a statement on Microsoft's blog, the major advancement in Windows Holographic version 23H2 is the addition of a viewfinder for the headset's camera. The new overlay in the camera provides users an indicator of the content within their image or video captures, without obstructing the view while taking a picture or video. The viewfinder comes with indicators for both the center and approximate borders for the PV camera stream.
Improvements for HoloLens 2 Users
Another feature is designed to enhance the user experience for HoloLens 2 users, especially during close holographic interactions like pressing buttons or typing. If HoloLens 2 users have not saved their Eye Tracking calibration from initial setup or encountered a failure, the new update includes a change to Eye Positions or Inter Pupillary Distance (IPD). This is updated earlier when the user dons the device, resulting in a much smoother experience.
Additional features include the ability to rename a HoloLens 2 device from the About section in the Settings menu extending support for NFC readers, along with improving hand tracking and enhancing the font features.
Update Procedures for IT Admins
IT administrators aiming to update their headsets to the Windows Holographic version 23H2, are required to first ensure their devices are installed with at least version 21H2. To download and install the updated version, users can navigate to Settings, move to Update & Security, and then head to Windows Update.
The release of Windows Holographic 23H2 comes a month after Microsoft rolled out the full Windows 11 23H2 experience. Known commercially as the “Moment 4” update, the release brought new features, including the new Microsoft Copilot AI assistant that unifies tools such as Microsoft 365 Copilot, Bing Chat, and Windows Copilot.