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

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 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.


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Microservices and big data start to get closer

Database development and management are changing dramatically, as microservices gain wider use in the enterprise.

That’s according to Zhamak Dehghani, principal consultant at Chicago-based ThoughtWorks, a global technology consulting firm specializing in Agile methods, distributed systems and open source software adoption. The firm has been active in bringing together microservices and big data.

Microservices bear some resemblance to a once-pervasive industry trend called SOA, or service-oriented architecture. Both capitalize on a general move away from monolithic computer architecture.

While it is still early, microservices are expected to make continued inroads. By 2022, according to analyst firm IDC, 90% of all applications will include microservices architectures.

The move to microservices — and closely associated Kubernetes and software containers — has been cited as a factor in IBM’s plans to acquire Red Hat and the merger of Hadoop vendors Cloudera and Hortonworks.

Accompanying the microservices wave are DevOps, cloud computing, domain-driven design and NoSQL databases. All these technologies and practices find special favor, as organizations try to move new applications into production more quickly and update them often once they are there.

Zhamak Dehghani, principal consultant ThoughtworksZhamak Dehghani

Dehghani, who worked as a software engineer and architect during 20 years in distributed computing, embedded systems and communications, has focused at ThoughtWorks on applying domain-driven design concepts in operational systems.

Using domain-driven design and microservices, Dehghani said, developers address a business problem first, and then employ suitable technology to build or improve applications. That is instead of doing things the other way around, with technologies leading the way.

Such techniques drove greater use of NoSQL databases that were especially fit for specific purposes, compared to more general relational databases. ThoughtWorks was among the organizations helping to drive NoSQL’s ascent and, similarly, the growth of interest in low-latency, globally deployed SQL databases.

At the consultancy, Dehghani contributes to the ThoughtWorks Technology Radar, a technology scorecard that has been a model for users assessing open source software microservices options.

From monoliths to microservices

Dehghani maintained that microservices are moving responsibility for databases from central IT to developers who are working as part of lines of business.

“Businesses used to put the developers in one tier and the users in another. Now, as you see a move from monoliths to microservices, you see a change in how we organize IT,” she said. “What used to happen was that operational data was owned by DBAs [database administrators] or database experts that integrated all the applications into one layer of a database.”

That led to an all-too-familiar scenario in which “every time you wanted to make a change, you had to go to a separate team,” according to Dehghani. When developers or business users managed to hook up with data stewards, they often took a place behind a long backlog of such requests.

“With microservices, we have changed the model so that the people that own the application or service are also responsible for the database, the data itself and the schema in which it resides,” she said.

Just-in-time domain design

With microservices, we have changed the model so that the people that own the application or service are also responsible for the database.
Zhamak DehghaniPrincipal consultant at ThoughtWorks

But, to date, IT organizations haven’t broadly applied such domain-driven lessons in big data, Dehghani contended.

In fact, big data development has taken place outside of the purview of microservices architecture, Dehghani said. While she gives open source software systems like Hadoop and Spark credit as steps away from proprietary software, she said work on such big data frameworks like this have usually followed a monolithic model.

It has been hard to move these big data projects into general production. On top of that, “they haven’t answered the needs of organizations,” she said.

Microservices and big data take shape

Meanwhile, a closer relationship between microservices and big data has been building.

Dehghani outlined the need for what she called the decentralization of big data architecture in a posting on Thoughtworks colleague Martin Fowler’s widely read technology blog. There, she wrote that big data for machine learning and other analytics purposes “has remained centralized and disconnected from the business domains.”

Dehghani said data lakes, for a while the hallmark of big data efforts, tend to become data silos — and a distributed data mesh approach is emerging that is more in tune with microservices thinking.

“The way we broke down operational capabilities around domains has to come to big data, too,” she said. Still, microservices won’t find greater use in data management without further learning.

Infrastructure teams and cloud providers need to be part of the effort, too, Dehghani said, because it isn’t good for every application development team to have to maintain the infrastructure for its applications.

Also, she cautioned that the paths organizations take will need to vary depending on available skill sets.

“Respecting organization maturity is important. I see a lot of people that want to run microservices on the cloud overnight. But that change is a journey in itself. A lot of failures I see are due to not recognizing that — not having an incremental approach,” Dehghani said.

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Windows 10 Tip: Start, simplified | Windows Experience Blog

Editor’s note: We’re back with the summer batch of weekly Windows 10 tips posts, which highlight some of the many helpful features that come with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make your daily life easier with a streamlined update process, as well as clean and simple experiences for your desktop.
If you feel like your life is too cluttered, some of you might find respite in the simplified Start layout that comes with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.
New Windows 10 users – those who have new devices, new user accounts and clean installs – will see the new Start layout by default when they start up. Existing Windows 10 users who upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 update can choose to quickly uninstall apps or unpin groups of tiles, as they’ll see their original Start menu layouts carried over.
The simplified layout contains a sleek one-column design and fewer tiles.
Check it out in action:

If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.

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
USB 2.0
2 X Ethernet

Power cable included.

Price and currency: 40
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Linux on Windows helps systems administrators gain new skills

Over the last few years, Microsoft has been working to initiate Linux on Windows Server, most notably when it introduced container support on Windows Server 2016 to make it easier for Windows Server to work alongside Linux-based systems.

Microsoft is making these changes for a variety of reasons, but they reflect the reality that most organizations run both Windows and Linux, and that many of the most innovative new data center systems were originally built on Linux technologies — containers, as an example.

Many experts now suggest that it is not enough to simply be a Windows Server expert. If IT pros want to advance their career and keep abreast of the latest technology trends, they need to know a thing or two about Linux on Windows.

The command line

Although most Linux systems technically can be used with a GUI, no Linux administrator would do this. The command line is where Linux has historically been administrated from and for good reason. Everything on Linux is a file, and manipulating text files from the command line is simple using tools like vi, which opens and make changes to text files while in the shell.

Linux IT professionals are also well-versed in using scripts to make changes to many systems at once, something a GUI cannot do as well. Windows users who are familiar with PowerShell should have an easier transition to Bash. The main difference is that Bash uses text streams while PowerShell is object-based. For an even easier transition, PowerShell Core can be installed on Linux to provide a familiar interface to the Linux command-line interface.


Windows Remote Management (WinRM) is the most common method for remoting between Windows Server systems. When remoting between Linux servers, the Secure Shell (SSH) tunneling protocol is used. The good news is that Microsoft ported OpenSSH to Windows, so it can be used to connect to both Windows and Linux systems.

With PowerShell Core, Windows users can employ the common PowerShell remoting commands Enter-PSSession and Invoke-Command with SSH (instead of WinRM) as a transport to Linux systems.

Package management

Installing software on Linux is accomplished with package managers such as Yum and apt-get that are run from the command line. These package managers connect to software repositories, and then download and install software from them.

On Windows, the Chocolatey package manager works in a very similar manner. For instance, the command to install a package with Yum would be yum install .

On Chocolatey, the syntax is choco install .

No registry

The Windows registry is the main source of settings for the OS, applications and users, and is accessed through the command line or the regedit application. There is no equivalent on Linux that a Windows user can look to that is similar to the registry. Finding settings is not easy as the registry is a massive hierarchal structure that holds an enormous amount of data and settings are not stored is an intuitive manner.

On Linux, configurations are mostly stored in text files under the /etc directory and to other locations based on the application. While there is no central location like the registry, finding and manipulating text files is much easier since settings are usually kept in plain text files.

Get hands-on experience

To get hands-on experience with Linux, I would recommend using the Windows Subsystem for Linux. WSL is a feature that can be added to Windows 10 or Windows Server 2019 that enables users to run Linux on Windows without the need for a VM. It also supports access to the Linux file system and from the Linux distribution into the local Windows file system.

Distributions can be installed through the Windows Store, by command line or script, or by downloading and installing manually. The technology behind WSL is similar to how containers work in terms of isolation. WSL is made up largely of two components — LX Session Manager and Pico Processes — that translate Linux syscalls to Windows APIs.

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AI in pharma: Pfizer team tries Vyasa deep learning platform

Healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations more and more are using AI and analytics technologies for a wide range of applications, including predicting patient illness, suggesting types of patient care and manufacturing drugs.

AI in pharma in particular is widespread, with major American pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer and Eli Lilly readily deploying AI technologies to streamline drug development.

Recently, a Pfizer research team has been experimenting with Cortex, a collaborative deep learning and analytics platform from Vyasa, in two pilot phases.

Piloting AI in pharma

One such test projectuses Cortex to help categorize particle shapes based on partial microscopic images of a drug substance, explained Matt St. Louis, director of data science and analytics at Pfizer.

The other pilot involved putting 15 thousand images through a deep-learning model to plot the similarities between them, St. Louis said.

Vyasa, which started in Boston in 2016, has deep learning technology specifically designed for life sciences.

Vyasa sells two products: Layar, a scalable data lake for analytics, and Cortex. Both enable access to Vyasa’s in-house analytics and deep learning tools. Chris Bouton, Vyasa’s founder and CEO, previously worked at Pfizer.

Deep learning for particle shapes

The test project of categorizing particle shapes has been a partial success so far, St. Louis said.

Numerous particle shape categories exist and the team experiences varying results based on the category as well as the image quality. Some shapes have success rates of around 90%, but others have been much less successful, he said.

“There are certainly things that could be done on the shapes that were not very well recognized,” St. Louis said.

Pfizer research team, Vyasa, AI in pharma, deep learning
A Pfizer research team uses deep learning platform Vyasa to help automate its workflow.

Importance of data quality

According to St. Louis, much of the reason for the low success rates likely lies in the data quality. His boss, Vijay Bulusu, head of data science and digital innovation in worldwide research and development (WRD) at Pfizer, agrees.

“It’s a well-known fact in this field that it is less about the tools and the algorithms and more about the quality of data,” Bulusu said.

He said St. Louis has been working to get the team’s data sets in order and it’s been a lengthy process.

“Some fundamental work has to be done on the data level,” he said.

It’s less about the tools and the algorithms and more about the quality of data.
Vijay BulusuPfizer

To begin with, the team was working with a finite amount of training data — simply adding more training sets could increase accuracy. Using 3D images instead of the 2D microscope images could also increase accuracy, Bulusu said.

While AI in pharma is widespread, the Pfizer team is new to using these kinds of deep learning and analytics tools, Bulusu said. He said he’s optimistic about Vyasa, though, and plans to continue using Cortex, perhaps eventually moving past a pilot phase.

While Vyasa has the potential to automate and speed up parts of the team’s workflow, Bulusu is also expecting to encounter cultural challenges. For example, employees used to doing their jobs a certain way for years might be resistant to adding Vyasa to their daily workflows or be confused by it.

But, Bulusu said, “hopefully sometime later this year we can implement that as part of the production workflow.”

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For Sale – Ryzen 7 1700 gaming PC / iMac 27″ 2010


i have this pc for sale. very nice rig and suitable for 1440p gaming.

Processor: ryzen 7 1700 8 core processor
Memory: 16 gb of adata premier 2666 mhz ddr4 ram
Motherboard: MSI B450 gaming plus
Hard Drive: 2 x 500 GB
Solid state drive: 240 GB SSD
Power supply: Riotoro enigma g2 650 watt gold fully modular
Dedicated graphics card: Gigabyte GTX 1070 8GB
Case: Aerocool midi tower RGB front lighting
Operating system: Windows 10 pro


i have a repaired imac 27″ for sale, mid 2010. the screen was broken so have replaced it.

Spec is core i7 2nd gen, 8 gb of ram, 2 TB hard drive, osx sierra. good overall condition. no mouse or keyboard, they broke ages back.

£375 inc. prefer collection as not really a suitable box for it.

Price and currency: 750
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