Microsoft at MWC Barcelona: Introducing Microsoft HoloLens 2 – The Official Microsoft Blog

This evening at a press event to kickoff MWC Barcelona, I had the pleasure of joining CEO Satya Nadella and Technical Fellow Alex Kipman onstage to talk in depth about Microsoft’s worldview for the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

As part of today’s press event, we also introduced the world to HoloLens 2.

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This is a tremendously exciting time for Microsoft, our partners, our customers, the computing industry and indeed the world. The virtually limitless computing power and capability of the cloud combined with increasingly intelligent and perceptive edge devices embedded throughout the physical world create experiences we could only imagine a few short years ago.

When intelligent cloud and intelligent edge experiences are infused with mixed reality, we have a framework for achieving amazing things and empowering even more people.

Today represents an important milestone for Microsoft. This moment captures the very best efforts and passion of numerous teams spanning Azure, HoloLens, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Devices — this truly is a moment where the sum is greater than the parts. From cutting-edge hardware design to mixed reality-infused cloud services, today’s announcements represent the collective work of many teams. And none of this would be possible without our passionate community of customers, partners and developers.

On behalf of everyone on the team, it is my privilege to introduce you to HoloLens 2 and all the announcements we made today to kick off MWC Barcelona.

Introducing HoloLens 2

Side view of sleek black HoloLens 2

Since the release of HoloLens in 2016 we have seen mixed reality transform the way work gets done. We have unlocked super-powers for hundreds of thousands of people who go to work every day. From construction sites to factory floors, from operating rooms to classrooms, HoloLens is changing how we work, learn, communicate and get things done.

We are entering a new era of computing, one in which the digital world goes beyond two-dimensional screens and enters the three-dimensional world. This new collaborative computing era will empower us all to achieve more, break boundaries and work together with greater ease and immediacy in 3D.

Today, we are proud to introduce the world to Microsoft HoloLens 2.

Our customers asked us to focus on three key areas to make HoloLens even better. They wanted HoloLens 2 to be even more immersive and more comfortable, and to accelerate the time-to-value.

Immersion is greatly enhanced by advancements across the board, including in the visual display system, making holograms even more vibrant and realistic. We have more than doubled the field of view in HoloLens 2, while maintaining the industry-leading holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight. HoloLens 2 contains a new display system that enables us to achieve these significant advances in performance at low power. We have also completely refreshed the way you interact with holograms in HoloLens 2. Taking advantage of our new time-of-flight depth sensor, combined with built-in AI and semantic understanding, HoloLens 2 enables direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions you’d use with physical objects in the real world. In addition to the improvements in the display engine and direct manipulation of holograms, HoloLens 2 contains eye-tracking sensors that make interacting with holograms even more natural. You can log in with Windows Hello enterprise-grade authentication through iris recognition, making it easy for multiple people to quickly and securely share the device.

Comfort is enhanced by a more balanced center of gravity, the use of light carbon-fiber material and a new mechanism for donning the device without readjusting. We’ve improved the thermal management with new vapor chamber technology and accounted for the wide physiological variability in the size and shape of human heads by designing HoloLens 2 to comfortably adjust and fit almost anyone. The new dial-in fit system makes it comfortable to wear for hours on end, and you can keep your glasses on because HoloLens 2 adapts to you by sliding right over them. When it’s time to step out of mixed reality, flip the visor up and switch tasks in seconds. Together, these enhancements have more than tripled the measured comfort and ergonomics of the device.

Time-to-value is accelerated by Microsoft mixed reality applications like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Dynamics 365 Layout and the new Dynamics 365 Guides applications. In addition to the in-box value, our ecosystem of mixed reality partners provides a broad range of offerings built on HoloLens that deliver value across a range of industries and use cases. This partner ecosystem is being supplemented by a new wave of mixed reality entrepreneurs who are realizing the potential of devices like HoloLens 2 and the Azure services that give them the spatial, speech and vision intelligence needed for mixed reality, plus battle-tested cloud services for storage, security and application insights.

Building on the unique capabilities of the original HoloLens, HoloLens 2 is the ultimate intelligent edge device. And when coupled with existing and new Azure services, HoloLens 2 becomes even more capable, right out of the box.

HoloLens 2 will be available this year at a price of $3,500. Bundles including Dynamics 365 Remote Assist start at $125/month. HoloLens 2 will be initially available in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand. Customers can preorder HoloLens 2 starting today at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens/buy.

In addition to HoloLens 2, we were also excited to make the following announcements at MWC Barcelona.

 Azure Kinect Developer Kit (DK)

Front and side view of compact silver Azure Kinect DK device

The Azure Kinect DK is a developer kit that combines our industry-leading AI sensors in a single device. At its core is the time-of-flight depth sensor we developed for HoloLens 2, high-def RGB camera and a 7-microphone circular array that will enable development of advanced computer vision and speech solutions with Azure. It enables solutions that don’t just sense but understand the world — people, places, things around it. A good example of such a solution in the healthcare space is Ocuvera, which is using this technology to prevent patients from falling in hospitals. Every year in the U.S. alone, over 1 million hospital patients fall each year, and 11,000 of those falls are fatal. With Azure Kinect, the environmental precursors to a fall can be determined and a nurse notified to get to patients before they fall. Initially available in the U.S. and China, the Azure Kinect DK is available for preorder today at $399. Visit Azure.com/Kinect for more info.

Dynamics 365 Guides

When we announced Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Dynamics 365 Layout on October 1, we talked about them as the “first” of our mixed reality applications for HoloLens.

Today, we are proud to announce our latest offering: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides.

Dynamics 365 Guides is a new mixed reality app that empowers employees to learn by doing. Guides enhances learning with step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools and parts they need and how to use them in real work situations. In addition to the experience of using Guides on HoloLens, a Guides PC app makes it easy to create interactive content, attach photos and videos, import 3D models and customize training to turn institutional knowledge into a repeatable learning tool.

This application will help minimize downtime and increase efficiency for mission-critical equipment and processes and becomes the third Dynamics 365 application that will work on both the previous generation of HoloLens and the new HoloLens 2.

Dynamics 365 Guides is available in preview starting today.

Man wearing HoloLens 2 consults a hologram of a guide as he works on machinery

Azure Mixed Reality Services

Today we also announced two new Azure mixed reality services. These services are designed to help every developer and every business build cross-platform, contextual and enterprise-grade mixed reality applications.

 Azure Spatial Anchors enables businesses and developers to create mixed reality apps that map, designate and recall precise points of interest that are accessible across HoloLens, iOS and Android devices. These precise points of interest enable a range of scenarios, from shared mixed reality experiences to wayfinding across connected places. We’re already seeing this service help our customers work and learn with greater speed and ease in manufacturing, architecture, medical education and more.

Azure Remote Rendering helps people experience 3D without compromise to fuel better, faster decisions. Today, to interact with high-quality 3D models on mobile devices and mixed reality headsets, you often need to “decimate,” or simplify, 3D models to run on target hardware. But in scenarios like design reviews and medical planning, every detail matters, and simplifying assets can result in a loss of important detail that is needed for key decisions. This service will render high-quality 3D content in the cloud and stream it to edge devices, all in real time, with every detail intact.

Azure Spatial Anchors is in public preview as of today. Azure Remote Rendering is now in private preview in advance of its public preview.

Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program

HoloLens is being used in a variety of challenging environments, from construction sites and operating rooms to the International Space Station. HoloLens has passed the basic impact tests from several protective eyewear standards used in North America and Europe. It has been tested and found to conform to the basic impact protection requirements of ANSI Z87.1, CSA Z94.3 and EN 166. With HoloLens 2 we’re introducing the Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program to enable customers and partners to customize HoloLens 2 to fit their environmental needs.

The first to take advantage of the HoloLens Customization Program is our long-standing HoloLens partner Trimble, which last year announced Trimble Connect for HoloLens along with a new hard hat solution that improves the utility of mixed reality for practical field applications. Today it announced the Trimble XR10 with Microsoft HoloLens 2, a new wearable hard hat device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite.

Hard hat incorporates HoloLens 2

Open principles

Finally, as we closed things out, Alex Kipman articulated a set of principles around our open approach with the mixed reality ecosystem.

We believe that for an ecosystem to truly thrive there should be no barriers to innovation or customer choice.

To that end, Alex described how HoloLens embraces the principles of open stores, open browsers and open developer platforms.

To illustrate our dedication to these principles, we announced that our friends at Mozilla are bringing a prototype of the Firefox Reality browser to HoloLens 2, demonstrating our commitment to openness and the immersive web. Alex was also joined by Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, who announced that Unreal Engine 4 support is coming to HoloLens.

In the coming months we will have more announcements and details to share. We look forward to continuing this journey with you all.

Julia

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AIOps tools beef up insights, but long-term scope unclear

As enterprise IT shops put AIOps tools through their paces, they are divided about just how AI-driven the future of IT infrastructure management will be.

Some early adopters of AIOps tools already have taken a significant portion of traditional IT ops tasks out of the hands of humans. Others are skeptical about the term AIOps itself and see little benefit to advanced IT analytics beyond alert noise reduction. In either case, the technology still has far to go to fully mature.

“AIOps is a very new idea, and not many organizations are using it in anger as yet,” said Clive Longbottom, an independent analyst and a TechTarget contributor. “The position most are in are using a mix of tools with a degree of machine learning and lots of rule-based engines, which is the nub of the problem, as the rule-based engine will do what it is told time after time after time, even if the rule is wrong.”

A tale of two AIOps tools

AIOps users agree data analytics tools are necessary to address how quickly IT infrastructure has grown and how complex it has become. There, however, similarities between how much they trust AIOps automation may end.

At Carousel Industries, the OpsRamp AIOps tool has reduced 96% of the noise generated by hundreds of thousands of IT monitoring alerts on millions of devices the managed service provider operates for clients. Carousel has also begun to trust OpsRamp’s automated service ticket generation and resolution functions.

Tim Hebert, chief managed services officer, Carousel IndustriesTim Hebert

“It has a really robust event correlation engine,” said Tim Hebert, chief managed services officer at Carousel, based in Exeter, R.I. “The amount of human effort that we’ve had to put into getting the job done has been reduced drastically, and that has allowed us to grow our business without adding more human resources.”

As Carousel grows more comfortable with AIOps tools, the data they gather and the consistency of their analysis has turned out to be more reliable, in many cases, than manual systems oversight by humans.

“Where we do have an SLA [service-level agreement] breach, it’s usually because of a human and not a machine,” Hebert said.

However, there’s still plenty of room for improvement in the OpsRamp tool, much of it addressed by its summer 2019 release rolled out in June 2019. The tool still must mature in its ability to make inferences between multiple silos of IT, such as networks, servers and data centers, Hebert said.

AIOps automation could take over some 50% of Carousel’s repetitive manual tasks, he estimated, once the company tests out new service and topology maps, which link IT service maps with network topology data and manage IT events based on business and operational priorities.

Hebert also said he’d like to see better out-of-the-box reporting features for business stakeholders in future OpsRamp releases, beyond the fact that OpsRamp allows its data to be exported for consumption by third-party business intelligence (BI) tools.

“Most CIOs don’t know if a report about a server or system being down is good or bad,” Hebert said. “We need to deliver guidance on the business impact of IT issues, not just what it means to the IT organization.”

At KeyBank, however, AIOps tools play a much narrower role in IT service management, and humans still decipher actionable insights from their analysis using separate IT monitoring and BI tools. Moogsoft’s AIOps tool helps KeyBank narrow down what issues really need a response amid a flood of IT monitoring data, but root-cause analysis remains human-driven.

“What [AIOps tools] are really good at doing is integrating into systems like ServiceNow and looking at the history of how you resolved a ticket the previous time,” said Mick Miller, senior DevOps architect at the Cleveland-based financial services company. “Moogsoft can head you down the right track … but as far as root cause, I’m not trying to get them to do that.”

AIOps tools add context, reporting features

What [AIOps tools] are really good at doing is integrating into systems like ServiceNow and looking at the history of how you resolved a ticket the previous time … but as far as root cause, I’m not trying to get them to do that.
Mick MillerSenior DevOps architect, KeyBank

In addition to service and topology maps, OpsRamp’s summer 2019 release includes cross-site connection topology maps that iincorporate routing-layer relationships across WAN links for multi-cloud management. The release also deepens the tool’s integrations with AWS, Kubernetes, Mesosphere and Azure Stack infrastructure, as well as open source applications, such as Couchbase, Apache CouchDB and the Elastic Stack.

Moogsoft’s AIOps 7.2 release in May 2019 also added connectors to New Relic Insights and Microsoft Teams, as well as updated integrations to tools such as Zenoss and vCenter. Version 7.2’s Individual Statistics view will come in handy to KeyBank, Miller said, to provide a more detailed picture of the performance of network operations center admins as they address incidents.

Elsewhere in the AIOps tools market, BMC TrueSight recently expanded the actionable insights and reports it offers with Business Service views for business stakeholders and Event-Driven Compliance for CloudOps, which automates policy-based governance of security whenever a change is made to IT infrastructure.

Still, these updates are incremental steps toward the kind of self-driving, predictive IT infrastructure automation some AIOps tools users dream of, Longbottom said.

“The direction we need to be moving to is idempotency: the capability to tell a system what the desired outcome is and let it sort out the steps that are required to make that so,” he said. “I expect such technology to move to the AIOps space and make life easier for system admins — as long as they do actually know what the desired outcome is.”

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For Sale – M-ITX Desktop Computer – Intel Atom – 2GB DDR3 Ram – 500GB Hard Drive – Slim DVD – Windows 7 Pro

I have a Mini-ITX build for sale.

The motherboard and case are new, never used before, the ram was taken from another machine, the hard drive has been used before but is in full working order.

Running Windows 7 Professional already activated with a key.

Mini-ITX case
Jetway Mini-ITX NC9KDL-2550 Motherboard
2GB DDR3 Ram
Seagate 500GB Hard Drive
Intel Atom 1.86Ghz CPU
Slim DVD Re-writer drive
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XAML Islands v1 – Updates and Roadmap – Windows Developer Blog

At Microsoft Build, we announced that the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) would include XAML Islands v1.
Below you can find more details on the roadmap and two workstreams in progress to complete the developer experience: the .NET wrappers and Visual Studio 2019 support.

XAML Islands enable .NET and native Win32 applications to host UWP XAML controls. You can enhance the experience and functionality of your existing desktop applications with the latest UI innovations previously only available for UWP apps. For example, you can use the UWP XAML controls such as ColorPicker, InkCanvas, CalendarView, and NavigationView in your existing C++ Win32, Windows Forms, and WPF applications.
With XAML Islands you can modernize your app at your own pace without having to rewrite your app–just use the UWP XAML controls.

The first component is the UWP XAML hosting API. This is a set of Windows 10 APIs (Windows Runtime classes and COM interfaces) that are shipped within the Windows 10 version 1903. If you have a native C++ Win32 app that is using the Common Controls library (Comctl32.dll) or MFC and you need to modernize your UI, use these APIs.
The second component consists of the .NET wrapped controls and the host controls. Those are a set of UWP XAML hosting API wrappers in the Windows Community Toolkit for both Windows Forms and WPF developers.

Windows 10 version 1903 and above: Regardless you have a native Win32 app or a .NET app, this first version of XAML Islands only works on apps running in the Windows 10 version 1903 and above.
Windows 10 SDK version 1903 (10.0.18362): This SDK provides the headers, libraries, metadata, and tools for building Windows 10 apps with XAML Islands.
Packaged desktop app: Desktop apps can be packaged into a MSIX to access certain Windows 10 APIs like live tiles and notifications. To package your desktop app you should use the Windows Application Packaging Project. Packaging your app doesn’t mean that your desktop app will run in the UWP reduced-privileged sandbox. Instead, your packaged Win32 app will run in a full-trust process. Packaged apps with XAML Islands will have a streamlined developer experience with Visual Studio 2019.

Note: Unpackaged apps will have a limited support in this release, but some scenarios will be possible.

Visual Studio 2019: Only Visual Studio 2019 will have the toolchain necessary for building desktop apps with XAML Islands.
.NET Core 3.0: This environment is fully supported for .NET apps. Some scenarios will also work in apps that target the .NET Framework 4.7.2, but there are some limitations for these apps, for example consuming managed 3rd party controls.

The .NET wrapped controls are supported in .NET Framework and .NET Core 3. The .NET host control (WindowsXamlHost) is available for Windows Forms and WPF. This control allows you to host UWP XAML content. If the UWP XAML content is a control that ships with the Windows 10 platform such as ColorPicker or NavigationView, you can target the .NET Framework 4.7.2 or NET Core 3.
If the UWP XAML content is a UWP user control that is implemented in a 3rd party WinRT component, the version of .NET you can target depends on how the user control was developed. A user control is considered a 3rd party WinRT component if it is defined in one of these ways: in a separate UWP project, in a Nuget Package, or via a link to file.

If the 3rd party WinRT component is native (written in C++/WinRT), the user control can be consumed by both .NET Framework 4.7.2 and the NET Core 3.
If the 3rd party WinRT component is managed (for example, written in C#), the user control can be consumed only by .NET Core 3. The full .NET Framework is not fully supported in this scenario, and it requires some cross compilation to work at all.

This is the matrix of platform support for XAML Islands v1:

If your app targets .NET Core 3, regardless of whether the 3rd party WinRT component you are hosting is native or managed, you will get a streamlined developer experience. If your app targets the full .NET Framework, you will get a streamlined developer experience only if your 3rd party WinRT component is native.

If you’re a C++ developer, you need to use the UWP XAML hosting APIs. These are some basic steps:

First initializes the UWP XAML framework in the current thread (you can use thestatic InitializeForCurrentThreadmethod of the WindowsXamlManager class).
Create a DesktopWindowXamlSource object that requires the HWND of your app. The DesktopWindowXamlSource will create a ChildWindow where you can place the XAML content.
You need to take care of the keyboard focus when users navigate into and out of the XAML Islands. This DesktopWindowXamlSource object exposes event for routing keyboard focus navigation.

You can find more details at: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/desktop/modernize/using-the-xaml-hosting-api

The Windows Community Toolkit version 6.0.0 (in preview right now) provides several NuGet packages for Windows Forms and WPF that you can add to your project.
The WindowXamlHost control is a host control in which you can host all kinds of UWP XAML content.
The wrapped controls wrap most of the events and properties of a small set of specific UWP controls into WPF and Windows Forms controls. These wrapped controls are designed to be used as regular Windows Forms and WPF controls so you don’t need to understand UWP concepts. Currently we provide these wrapped controls:

InkCanvas wraps the UWP InkCanvas and InkToolbar and provides a surface and toolbars for Ink-based user interaction.
MediaPlayerElement enables your .NET apps to use modern audio and video codecs and provide better performance for streaming and rendering media content.
MapControl enables you to use the latest innovations from the mapping platform in your apps, such as more photorealistic maps.
SwapChainPanel (preview) enables you to add DirectX 12 content in your app.

Windows Forms and WPF apps use the WebBrowser control, which uses the Internet Explorer rendering engine and therefore lacks support for HTML5 and other features. The Windows Community Toolkit contains a Windows Forms and WPF wrapper for the UWP WebView control that uses Edge as the rendering engine, so these apps can host web content that requires HTML5.
The Windows Community Toolkit also contains the WebViewCompatible control. This control uses either the WebBrowser or the WebView rendering engine, depending on the version of Windows the app is running on:

Apps running on Windows 10, version 1803 and later will use the current WebView rendering engine.
Apps running on earlier versions of Windows, like Windows 8.1, will use the older WebBrowser rendering engine.

No. XAML Islands run on the same UI thread of your desktop app. You can access all the UWP XAML objects from your code behind without doing any marshalling. This is different from Windows Forms and WPF hosted technologies.

XAML Islands Lab is a comprehensive lab that provides step-by-step instructions for using the wrapped controls and host controls in the Windows Community Toolkit to add UWP controls to an existing WPF line-of-business application. This lab includes the complete code for the WPF application as well as detailed instructions for each step in the process.
This C++ Win32 Sample demonstrates a complete implementation of hosting a UWP user control in an unpackaged C++ Win32 application (that is, an application that is not built into an MSIX package).
For a WPF .NET Core 3 app that consumes a UWP project within a User Control you can use this one:

The Windows community Toolkit contains demos to validate the wrapped control and the host control.

1. Windows 10 May 2019 update contains the first release of XAML Islands (v1).
2. The Windows Community Toolkit, v6.0, will contain the WindowsXamlHost and wrapped controls for the .NET Framework.

This is planned for this Summer of 2019.
There will be a preview of v6.1 that will contain the .NET Core 3 version of the WindowsXamlHost and the wrapped controls. This update will be released to align with the .NET Core 3 release – the second half of 2019.

3. Visual Studio 2019 will get an update in the second half of 2019, aligned with the release of .NET Core 3 that will support XAML Islands v1. Remember that only packaged apps will get a streamlined developer experience.

XAML Islands v2 is intended to ship as a part of WinUI 3.0. Therefore, v2 will support the same Windows 10 versions as WinUI 3.0. We are planning to release v3 major release of WinUI during the first half of 2020. WinUI is an open source project, and you can follow  the latest roadmap and news at: https://github.com/microsoft/microsoft-ui-xaml/blob/master/docs/roadmap.md

Microsoft at MWC Barcelona: Introducing Microsoft HoloLens 2 – The Official Microsoft Blog

This evening at a press event to kickoff MWC Barcelona, I had the pleasure of joining CEO Satya Nadella and Technical Fellow Alex Kipman onstage to talk in depth about Microsoft’s worldview for the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge.

As part of today’s press event, we also introduced the world to HoloLens 2.

YouTube Video

This is a tremendously exciting time for Microsoft, our partners, our customers, the computing industry and indeed the world. The virtually limitless computing power and capability of the cloud combined with increasingly intelligent and perceptive edge devices embedded throughout the physical world create experiences we could only imagine a few short years ago.

When intelligent cloud and intelligent edge experiences are infused with mixed reality, we have a framework for achieving amazing things and empowering even more people.

Today represents an important milestone for Microsoft. This moment captures the very best efforts and passion of numerous teams spanning Azure, HoloLens, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Devices — this truly is a moment where the sum is greater than the parts. From cutting-edge hardware design to mixed reality-infused cloud services, today’s announcements represent the collective work of many teams. And none of this would be possible without our passionate community of customers, partners and developers.

On behalf of everyone on the team, it is my privilege to introduce you to HoloLens 2 and all the announcements we made today to kick off MWC Barcelona.

Introducing HoloLens 2

Side view of sleek black HoloLens 2

Since the release of HoloLens in 2016 we have seen mixed reality transform the way work gets done. We have unlocked super-powers for hundreds of thousands of people who go to work every day. From construction sites to factory floors, from operating rooms to classrooms, HoloLens is changing how we work, learn, communicate and get things done.

We are entering a new era of computing, one in which the digital world goes beyond two-dimensional screens and enters the three-dimensional world. This new collaborative computing era will empower us all to achieve more, break boundaries and work together with greater ease and immediacy in 3D.

Today, we are proud to introduce the world to Microsoft HoloLens 2.

Our customers asked us to focus on three key areas to make HoloLens even better. They wanted HoloLens 2 to be even more immersive and more comfortable, and to accelerate the time-to-value.

Immersion is greatly enhanced by advancements across the board, including in the visual display system, making holograms even more vibrant and realistic. We have more than doubled the field of view in HoloLens 2, while maintaining the industry-leading holographic density of 47 pixels per degree of sight. HoloLens 2 contains a new display system that enables us to achieve these significant advances in performance at low power. We have also completely refreshed the way you interact with holograms in HoloLens 2. Taking advantage of our new time-of-flight depth sensor, combined with built-in AI and semantic understanding, HoloLens 2 enables direct manipulation of holograms with the same instinctual interactions you’d use with physical objects in the real world. In addition to the improvements in the display engine and direct manipulation of holograms, HoloLens 2 contains eye-tracking sensors that make interacting with holograms even more natural. You can log in with Windows Hello enterprise-grade authentication through iris recognition, making it easy for multiple people to quickly and securely share the device.

Comfort is enhanced by a more balanced center of gravity, the use of light carbon-fiber material and a new mechanism for donning the device without readjusting. We’ve improved the thermal management with new vapor chamber technology and accounted for the wide physiological variability in the size and shape of human heads by designing HoloLens 2 to comfortably adjust and fit almost anyone. The new dial-in fit system makes it comfortable to wear for hours on end, and you can keep your glasses on because HoloLens 2 adapts to you by sliding right over them. When it’s time to step out of mixed reality, flip the visor up and switch tasks in seconds. Together, these enhancements have more than tripled the measured comfort and ergonomics of the device.

Time-to-value is accelerated by Microsoft mixed reality applications like Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Dynamics 365 Layout and the new Dynamics 365 Guides applications. In addition to the in-box value, our ecosystem of mixed reality partners provides a broad range of offerings built on HoloLens that deliver value across a range of industries and use cases. This partner ecosystem is being supplemented by a new wave of mixed reality entrepreneurs who are realizing the potential of devices like HoloLens 2 and the Azure services that give them the spatial, speech and vision intelligence needed for mixed reality, plus battle-tested cloud services for storage, security and application insights.

Building on the unique capabilities of the original HoloLens, HoloLens 2 is the ultimate intelligent edge device. And when coupled with existing and new Azure services, HoloLens 2 becomes even more capable, right out of the box.

HoloLens 2 will be available this year at a price of $3,500. Bundles including Dynamics 365 Remote Assist start at $125/month. HoloLens 2 will be initially available in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand. Customers can preorder HoloLens 2 starting today at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens/buy.

In addition to HoloLens 2, we were also excited to make the following announcements at MWC Barcelona.

 Azure Kinect Developer Kit (DK)

Front and side view of compact silver Azure Kinect DK device

The Azure Kinect DK is a developer kit that combines our industry-leading AI sensors in a single device. At its core is the time-of-flight depth sensor we developed for HoloLens 2, high-def RGB camera and a 7-microphone circular array that will enable development of advanced computer vision and speech solutions with Azure. It enables solutions that don’t just sense but understand the world — people, places, things around it. A good example of such a solution in the healthcare space is Ocuvera, which is using this technology to prevent patients from falling in hospitals. Every year in the U.S. alone, over 1 million hospital patients fall each year, and 11,000 of those falls are fatal. With Azure Kinect, the environmental precursors to a fall can be determined and a nurse notified to get to patients before they fall. Initially available in the U.S. and China, the Azure Kinect DK is available for preorder today at $399. Visit Azure.com/Kinect for more info.

Dynamics 365 Guides

When we announced Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and Dynamics 365 Layout on October 1, we talked about them as the “first” of our mixed reality applications for HoloLens.

Today, we are proud to announce our latest offering: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides.

Dynamics 365 Guides is a new mixed reality app that empowers employees to learn by doing. Guides enhances learning with step-by-step instructions that guide employees to the tools and parts they need and how to use them in real work situations. In addition to the experience of using Guides on HoloLens, a Guides PC app makes it easy to create interactive content, attach photos and videos, import 3D models and customize training to turn institutional knowledge into a repeatable learning tool.

This application will help minimize downtime and increase efficiency for mission-critical equipment and processes and becomes the third Dynamics 365 application that will work on both the previous generation of HoloLens and the new HoloLens 2.

Dynamics 365 Guides is available in preview starting today.

Man wearing HoloLens 2 consults a hologram of a guide as he works on machinery

Azure Mixed Reality Services

Today we also announced two new Azure mixed reality services. These services are designed to help every developer and every business build cross-platform, contextual and enterprise-grade mixed reality applications.

 Azure Spatial Anchors enables businesses and developers to create mixed reality apps that map, designate and recall precise points of interest that are accessible across HoloLens, iOS and Android devices. These precise points of interest enable a range of scenarios, from shared mixed reality experiences to wayfinding across connected places. We’re already seeing this service help our customers work and learn with greater speed and ease in manufacturing, architecture, medical education and more.

Azure Remote Rendering helps people experience 3D without compromise to fuel better, faster decisions. Today, to interact with high-quality 3D models on mobile devices and mixed reality headsets, you often need to “decimate,” or simplify, 3D models to run on target hardware. But in scenarios like design reviews and medical planning, every detail matters, and simplifying assets can result in a loss of important detail that is needed for key decisions. This service will render high-quality 3D content in the cloud and stream it to edge devices, all in real time, with every detail intact.

Azure Spatial Anchors is in public preview as of today. Azure Remote Rendering is now in private preview in advance of its public preview.

Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program

HoloLens is being used in a variety of challenging environments, from construction sites and operating rooms to the International Space Station. HoloLens has passed the basic impact tests from several protective eyewear standards used in North America and Europe. It has been tested and found to conform to the basic impact protection requirements of ANSI Z87.1, CSA Z94.3 and EN 166. With HoloLens 2 we’re introducing the Microsoft HoloLens Customization Program to enable customers and partners to customize HoloLens 2 to fit their environmental needs.

The first to take advantage of the HoloLens Customization Program is our long-standing HoloLens partner Trimble, which last year announced Trimble Connect for HoloLens along with a new hard hat solution that improves the utility of mixed reality for practical field applications. Today it announced the Trimble XR10 with Microsoft HoloLens 2, a new wearable hard hat device that enables workers in safety-controlled environments to access holographic information on the worksite.

Hard hat incorporates HoloLens 2

Open principles

Finally, as we closed things out, Alex Kipman articulated a set of principles around our open approach with the mixed reality ecosystem.

We believe that for an ecosystem to truly thrive there should be no barriers to innovation or customer choice.

To that end, Alex described how HoloLens embraces the principles of open stores, open browsers and open developer platforms.

To illustrate our dedication to these principles, we announced that our friends at Mozilla are bringing a prototype of the Firefox Reality browser to HoloLens 2, demonstrating our commitment to openness and the immersive web. Alex was also joined by Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, who announced that Unreal Engine 4 support is coming to HoloLens.

In the coming months we will have more announcements and details to share. We look forward to continuing this journey with you all.

Julia

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Asigra FreeNAS plugin brings open source data protection

Asigra is trying to capture FreeNAS users with a free-to-try plugin version of its backup software.

The Asigra FreeNAS plugin released this week allows customers to turn their iXsystems FreeNAS storage systems into backup targets. It encrypts and deduplicates data before it is sent to the FreeNAS system. The plugin also detects and quarantines malware and ransomware so that it doesn’t get backed up.

Asigra, a software-only backup vendor, partnered with iXsystems and released an integrated backup appliance in August 2018, which combined Asigra’s backup software with iXsystems’s TrueNAS storage appliance.

FreeNAS is a software-defined storage system developed by iXsystems for the open source community. The company first took over the FreeNAS project in December 2009 and continued to develop for it. It has garnered over half a million users.

Asigra Executive Vice President Eran Farajun said the Asigra FreeNAS plugin is, “100% same software, same capabilities, same functionality,” as the Asigra Cloud Backup Evolved software that comes integrated with a TrueNAS appliance.

Functionally, the Asigra FreeNAS is no different from Asigra’s backup software, but the free license only supports ten physical and ten virtual machines and up to ten cloud accounts. It also does not come with vendor support.

“Ten machines is not a lot of machines. There aren’t a lot of companies that small,” said Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting. The free customers are not the endgame for Asigra. Instead, Staimer sees this as a way for Asigra to convert FreeNAS users into TrueNAS buyers. This will initially do more good for iXsystems than for Asigra, but, “it becomes a foot in the door for Asigra,” Staimer said.

Ten machines is not a lot of machines. There aren’t a lot of companies that small.
Marc StaimerPresident of Dragon Slayer Consulting

According to Staimer, the usual entry play for backup software vendors is through low-cost, entry-level versions of their products with features that turn off after a certain period of time. This is normally a good path to upsell customers to “premium” or “enterprise” versions.

The Asigra FreeNAS offering is unique in that all the capabilities are there, but there’s a hard limit on its scale. Nothing is taken away from the customer, and they can upgrade to the paid version when they hit their limit.

“This is the only one that I’m aware of that is truly freemium, in the sense that you’re not losing any of your features and functionality. It’s just limited by the number of machines,” Staimer said.

Chart of Asigra software's capabilities
The Asigra FreeNAS plugin turns a FreeNAS storage system into a backup target for servers, endpoint devices and VMs.

“Tapping into freemium and offering free, try-before-you-buy is not an unheard of marketing approach,” Farajun said about the uniqueness of the pricing model. He said the true novelty is in Asigra tapping into a captive market, offering the only backup product that’s fully integrated with FreeNAS.

Staimer said this is a smart move, describing it as “seeding the market.” As with any open source product, some users may be willing to make the jump to the paid-for version because they want the vendor support. The ones who don’t upgrade get a free tool that enhances something they’re already using, and they can rely on the rest of the open source community for support on whatever project or deployment they’re using FreeNAS for.

“They’re probably going to look at this very favorably,” Staimer said.

In a broad sense, Asigra is taking a page from iXsystems’s marketing handbook, but Staimer pointed out a slight shift in Asigra’s marketing strategy. Asigra has been focused on SMBs and the enterprise, but this FreeNAS product is an entry-level offering targeting smaller customers. Normally, the overall cost of obtaining a small customer is higher in terms of sales and marketing resources spent versus revenue gained from deals. The freemium approach minimizes costs while still capturing the customers Asigra is looking for.

The Asigra FreeNAS plug in available to download in the app from the Plugins menu of the FreeNAS UI.

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For Sale – M-ITX Desktop Computer – Intel Atom – 2GB DDR3 Ram – 500GB Hard Drive – Slim DVD – Windows 7 Pro

I have a Mini-ITX build for sale.

The motherboard and case are new, never used before, the ram was taken from another machine, the hard drive has been used before but is in full working order.

Running Windows 7 Professional already activated with a key.

Mini-ITX case
Jetway Mini-ITX NC9KDL-2550 Motherboard
2GB DDR3 Ram
Seagate 500GB Hard Drive
Intel Atom 1.86Ghz CPU
Slim DVD Re-writer drive
PS/2 Mouse
PS/2 Keyboard
HDMI
VGA
USB 2.0
2 X Ethernet
SPDIF

Power cable included.

Price and currency: 40
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Payment method: paypal or bt
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