Over at Microsoft, “Reality” isn’t all fun and games, though things can still be pretty much fun – for consumers that is. While not exactly a gaming device, the HoloLens can be at the forefront of the most novel way for consumers to interact with sellers and their products since the advent of the first online store.
Microsoft likes to use the term “augmented reality” instead of “virtual reality” for their HoloLens device. This is a wholly accurate way to describe it, as the device allows the user to see through its lenses while projecting additional “realities” over the user’s field of vision. This is cool, in more ways than one.
Now this technology is being further developed by Microsoft “developmental partners” who are creating applications for their specific industries. Microsoft has responded to the enthusiasm by releasing tools in the more refined form of the Commercial Suite last August 2. In this suite of applications, Microsoft has included, in their words:
- 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 and 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.
Further details can be seen in Microsoft’s release notes here.