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Microsoft HoloLens 2 Revealed at MWC Barcelona

Barcelona, SPAIN — February 24, 2019 — Today, at MWC Barcelona, Microsoft HoloLens 2 was unveiled. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was joined by Alex Kipman and Julia White to not only reveal the new device, but also an array of other mixed reality announcements.

HoloLens 2

HoloLens 2 is the premier mixed reality device and is now more immersive, more comfortable and delivers more value right out of the box. With HoloLens 2, you’ll be able to interact with holograms in a more natural way, wear the device for hours on end because the comfortability has been greatly improved and take advantage of the broad range of offerings built on HoloLens that deliver value across a range of industries including healthcare and manufacturing.

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 pre-order HoloLens 2 starting today at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/hololens/buy.

In addition to HoloLens 2, Microsoft also announced:

Dynamics 365 Guides

Dynamics 365 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.

Azure Mixed Reality Services

Microsoft 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. Developers can enable wayfinding across spaces to help their customers work and learn with greater speed and ease.

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 streaming 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 and 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, Microsoft is 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 the company’s long-standing HoloLens partner Trimble, who 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, they 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.

Shows:

Microsoft HoloLens 2

Soundbites from CEO, Satya Nadella

Soundbites from Technical Fellow, Alex Kipman

On Stage demo from Microsoft Engineer, Julia Schwarz

Soundbites from Corporate Vice President, Julia White

Microsoft partners using HoloLens 2

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Microsoft Showcases Modern Manufacturing at Hannover Messe 2017

HANNOVER, GERMANY (APRIL 24, 2017) – Today, Microsoft and partner companies put modern manufacturing solutions on display at Hannover Messe 2017, the world’s biggest industrial fair. The company displayed how the synergy between man and machine, artificial intelligence and machine learning are digitally transforming the manufacturing industry.

The role of robots in modern manufacturing was put on display at the event, with partner exhibits showcasing how through AI and machine learning, collaborative robots and intelligent drones can be complementary to human labour. With data and intelligent insights from machines that can learn processes, employees can use that data to eliminate monotonous tasks, solve problems faster and produce better financial outcomes. The combination of humans and intelligent machines is creating a hybrid workforce that is allowing manufacturing companies to tackle some of their toughest challenges.

Examples on display in the Microsoft booth included:

• Comau, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group, showed how it is using Microsoft HoloLens to control a robot that assembles small components in the automotive manufacturing environment to make the invisible visible. It is also using HoloLens to monitor factory machines, giving manufacturers a new way to interact with data on the factory floor via natural gestures and hands-free operation.

• Robotics company Sarcos is collaborating with Microsoft to offer customers a robot-as-a-service to improve the safety and efficiency of many industrial tasks. Because more than 8 million people are injured or killed on the job each year in the U.S. alone, Sarcos is designing robots that can perform tasks that humans find too dangerous or difficult. The company’s Guardian 5 – Snake Robot can be tele-operated from miles away as it crawls through narrow culverts, pipes and storage tanks or traverses other difficult terrain.

• Microsoft customers including Tetra Pak and ThyssenKrupp Elevator showed how they are creating “digital twins” — or virtual models of products and processes that simulate real world conditions using HoloLens and artificial intelligence.

• Ecolab’s water treatment division is using Microsoft AI and machine learning technology to help manufacturers reduce water usage in their production processes. Analyzing water use data collected from sensors in thousands of facilities around the world, Ecolab develops detailed recommendations and then shares them with customers to help them save water.

For more information, visit Microsoft manufacturing.

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Microsoft’s Customers and Partners Demonstrate Innovation at Hannover Messe 2017

Microsoft and partners display how humans and machines work together, artificial intelligence, and modern manufacturing at Hannover Messe 2017

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Today, Microsoft and partner companies put modern manufacturing solutions on display at Hannover Messe 2017, the world’s biggest industrial fair. The company displayed how the synergy between man and machine, artificial intelligence and machine learning are digitally transforming the manufacturing industry.

The role of robots in modern manufacturing was put on display at the event, with partner exhibits showcasing how through AI and machine learning, collaborative robots and intelligent drones can be complementary to human labor. With data and intelligent insights from machines that can learn processes, employees can use that data to eliminate monotonous tasks, solve problems faster and produce better financial outcomes. The combination of humans and intelligent machines is creating a hybrid workforce that is allowing manufacturing companies to tackle some of their toughest challenges.

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Examples on display in the Microsoft booth included:

• Comau, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group, showed how it is using Microsoft HoloLens to control a robot that assembles small components in the automotive manufacturing environment to make the invisible visible. It is also using HoloLens to monitor factory machines, giving manufacturers a new way to interact with data on the factory floor via natural gestures and hands-free operation.

• Robotics company Sarcos is collaborating with Microsoft to offer customers a robot-as-a-service to improve the safety and efficiency of many industrial tasks. Because more than 8 million people are injured or killed on the job each year in the U.S. alone, Sarcos is designing robots that can perform tasks that humans find too dangerous or difficult. The company’s Guardian 5 – Snake Robot can be tele-operated from miles away as it crawls through narrow culverts, pipes and storage tanks or traverses other difficult terrain.

• Microsoft customers including Tetra Pak and ThyssenKrupp Elevator showed how they are creating “digital twins” — or virtual models of products and processes that simulate real world conditions using HoloLens and artificial intelligence.

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Ecolab’s water treatment division is using Microsoft AI and machine learning technology to help manufacturers reduce water usage in their production processes. Analyzing water use data collected from sensors in thousands of facilities around the world, Ecolab develops detailed recommendations and then shares them with customers to help them save water.

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• Microsoft Booth @ Hannover Messe 2017 B-Roll

• Soundbites

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Microsoft Booth @ Hannover Messe 2017 B-Roll

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Jason Zander, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

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Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update

REDMOND, USA – June 29, 2016 – Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming to Windows 10 devices for free on August 2.

Windows 10 continues to be the fastest growing version of Windows ever and is now running on more than 350 million devices.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has all-new breakthrough features that bring Windows Ink and Cortana to the mainstream; a faster, more accessible and more power-efficient Microsoft Edge browser; advanced security features for consumers and enterprises; all new gaming experiences and new tools for the modern classroom.

* Windows Ink: an all-new experience that brings the power of Windows to the tip of your pen, enables people to write on a device as they would do on paper. Integration with Office and other applications like Microsoft Edge and Maps bring the power of inking everywhere.

* Improvements to Cortana: the world’s most productive personal digital assistant gets even better with access above the lock screen, more ways to remember with the ability for Cortana to save and recall information, and synchronize across devices.

* An even better gaming experience: With Xbox Play Anywhere, gamers can buy a game once and play on a Windows 10 PC or Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and share achievements. Cortana is also now available on Xbox One to help gamers find great new games, see what friends are up to, start a party, accomplish common tasks, and turn on Xbox One by saying “Hey Cortana, Xbox On” if using Kinect.

* Increased power efficiency, extensions and accessibility with Microsoft Edge: The Anniversary Update includes even more power-saving improvements in Microsoft Edge, minimizing the impact of background activity on battery life.

* New Innovations for the Modern Classroom: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update also brings new innovations for the modern classroom, including faster, simpler set up with all new tools to help educators get up and running quickly.

* More security features in the Anniversary Update for the most secure Windows: The Anniversary Update brings two new security benefits for enterprise customers. Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, designed to detect, investigate and respond to malicious attacks through expert advanced threat protection, including a team of security researchers at Microsoft; and Windows Information Protection to protect businesses from accidental data leaks by separating personal and organizational data where ever it goes.

Additional security improvements include Windows Hello secure and password-free sign-in to apps like iHeartRadio and websites using Microsoft Edge; and Windows Defender antimalware improvements with option to automatically schedule periodic quick scans of your PC, providing summaries when scans are complete and notifications if scans find any threats. Additional assets can be found at Microsoft News Center and www.windows.com.

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Microsoft At Hannover Messe 2016

HANNOVER, GERMANY – At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Microsoft showcases the latest intelligent technology that will impact everyday life as companies around the world digitally transform their businesses.

Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, sees companies from around the world showing how their digital transformation is creating new business opportunities. The fair featured a keynote address by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella with attendance of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama, who is representing the United States as a partner country for this event. Some “intelligent” technology at the centre of the digital transformation includes: intelligent factories, smart buildings, intelligent street lights and intelligent jet engines.

The next revolution in business is one that transforms our world to take advantage of intelligence. Microsoft continues to collaborate wit its customers and partners on more natural human-computing technology, striking the right balance between using data to create intelligence, personal experiences, while maintaining security and privacy.

In his keynote speech at the HMI, Satya Nadella, talked about the intersection of the digital tech and manufacturing and how tech can empower transformation. In many ways, manufacturing has been on the frontline of tech disruption, helping to fuel growth, enable agility and redefine efficiencies. He cited examples from customers such as Liebherr and Jail as well as showing a demonstration from Microsoft customer, Rolls Royce.

Nadella also stressed that growth is dependent on making the climate more sustainable, economics more viable, equipping future generations with the computational thinking and problem solving skills needed for every job in the 21st Century.

HMI 2016

At HANNOVER MESSE 2016, all eyes will be on industry 4.0 (advanced manufacturing). Some 5,000 exhibitors will be showcasing the latest technologies from factories and energy systems. The event’s Partner Country for 2016 – The United States of America – will be presenting it’s high-tech offerings “Made In USA”, and President Barak Obama will be leveraging the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology to promote thee Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

 

WHERE: HANNOVER MESSE 2016, Microsoft booth, Hall 7, Hannover Exhibition Ground

 

Shows:

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, soundbites

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, Soundbite and Rolls Royce B-Roll

EnBW B-Roll

Jabil B-Roll

Fujitsu B-Roll

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO Soundbite and HoloLens Video

New Era Of Intelligence Vision And Innovation Announced At Microsoft’s Build 2016

SAN FRANCISCO, USA — At Microsoft’s annual Build conference in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices Group, Terry Myerson, shared the work Microsoft is doing to embrace the new era of conversational intelligence and create more personal computing for every customer, industry and business.

Nadella showcased improvements to Cortana and announced previews of new cloud services and toolkits designed to understand the world around us and create intelligent bots. Myerson announced that Windows 10 is now running on more than 270 million active devices and unveiled the free Windows 10 Anniversary Update available to Windows 10 customers this summer, featuring new innovations including Windows Ink, Cortana, Windows Hello and gaming.

“As an industry, we are on the cusp of a new frontier that pairs the power of natural human language with advanced machine intelligence,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “At Microsoft, we call this Conversations as a Platform, and it builds on and extends the power of the Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Windows platforms to empower developers everywhere.”

Introducing Cloud Services that Understand, Interactive Bots and the Cortana Intelligence Suite

The Cortana Intelligence Suite (CIS) is powered by cutting-edge research into big data, machine learning, perception, analytics and intelligent bots. Built on Microsoft Azure, these capabilities can be used by developers and businesses to create intelligent end-to-end solutions, including new apps that learn about our world, and bots and agents that interact with people in personalized, intelligent ways.

Microsoft announced new additions to the CIS Today, in preview.

Microsoft Cognitive Services is a collection of intelligence APIs that allow systems to see, hear, speak, understand and interpret our needs using natural methods of communication.

Microsoft Bot Framework can be used by developers — programming in any language — to build intelligent bots that enable customers to chat using natural language on a wide variety of platforms including text/SMS, Office 365, Skype, Slack, the Web and more.

Microsoft demonstrated how developers can use these services to transform people’s lives. Seeing AI, a research project under development, shows how these new capabilities can help people who are visually impaired or blind better understand who and what is around them.

Microsoft also released today the Skype Bot Platform, which includes the SDK, API and Workflows all in the new Skype Bot Portal. With this platform, developers can build bots that leverage Skype’s multiple forms of communication, including text, voice, video and 3-D interactive characters.

New Windows Innovations Deliver More Personal Computing and Opportunities for Developers

Myerson announced that the company will release the Windows 10 Anniversary Update for free to all Windows 10 customers this summer, delivering significant new innovations for consumers and developers on the Universal Windows Platform, including:

An all-new Windows Ink experience allows you to write on your device as you do on paper, create sticky notes, draw on a whiteboard and easily share your analog thoughts in the digital world.

New Cortana features enable you to receive proactive guidance from Cortana throughout the day and speak with Cortana, even while your device is locked1, without logging in.

News Windows Hello features extend the security of Windows 10 to multiple devices and to Microsoft Edge, so you can log into your devices and websites with enterprise-grade security.

Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in Windows history with over 270 million active devices, outpacing Windows 7 by 145 percent. Customers have spent more time in Windows 10 than ever before – over 75 billion hours since its launch.

The company also shipped Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition for the first time, extending the Windows experience to holograms and allowing developers to begin helping build the future of holographic computing. Microsoft highlighted commercial customers in several industries who are using HoloLens today, including Case Western Reserve University and NASA.

Other announcements from today include:

All-new capabilities for the Universal Windows Platform including full access to Cortana’s proactive intelligence and the Windows 10 Anniversary SDK – available today – offering all-new APIs and tools to integrate the latest Windows 10 innovations into apps, including Windows Ink and Windows Hello.

With the Xbox retail dev kit, any Xbox One can be a developer kit, enabling anyone to develop for the living room.

New Innovations & Partner Opportunities at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

Microsoft Announces New Innovations and Partner Opportunities at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference

The following post is from Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group, Microsoft.

At our Worldwide Partner Conference today we showcased new technology innovations that demonstrate our ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, build the intelligent cloud and create more personal computing. We also discussed investments the company is making in programs for our hundreds of thousands of global channel partners at the center of business transformation taking place in the industry. These innovations and investments will help Microsoft and our partners achieve our new mission together on a global scale, making a difference in lives and organizations in all corners of the planet.

Project GigJam: reinventing productivity and business processes

As part of the company’s ambition to reinvent productivity and business processes, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella introduced Project GigJam, an unprecedented new way for people to accomplish their business tasks and transform business processes by breaking down the barriers between devices, apps and people. GigJam empowers business workers to summon information from their line of business and SaaS apps, spontaneously divvy up the specific information and actions needed to get work done, keep track of each part, and bring it all to closure immediately. Visit www.gigjam.com to learn more and register for the upcoming preview.

Cortana Analytics Suite: building the intelligent cloud
We also announced the Cortana Analytics Suite, a fully managed and comprehensive set of services to help businesses transform data into intelligent action. The growing adoption of machine learning, big data combined with the power of unlimited storage and compute in the cloud presents a unique opportunity for organizations to anticipate what will happen and to automate business outcomes. Cortana Analytics Suite brings together leading technology infrastructure including machine learning, big data storage and processing with perceptual intelligence such as vision, face and speech analysis, extending predictive and prescriptive capabilities to businesses for a range of industry scenarios. Cortana Analytics Suite integrates with Cortana, Microsoft’s digital personal assistant. Cortana works with the Cortana Analytics Suite to enable businesses to get things done in more helpful, proactive, and natural ways. Availability will be this fall through a simple monthly subscription. For more from one of our customers, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Systems, check out the Business Matters blog.

Microsoft HoloLens: enabling more personal computing
The third area of innovation we showcased was around commercial momentum in response to HoloLens – the world’s first fully untethered holographic computing device powered by Windows 10. On-stage at WPC today, Satya showed how one of our partners, Autodesk, will use HoloLens to fundamentally change how design professionals and create, communicate, visualize and work. HoloLens is already making an impact across a number of industries, examples include the work we are doing to help architecture and construction industry professionals through Trimble, working on Mars exploration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and helping Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic transform teaching for the future. This is just the beginning of what holographic computing can help customers do more and achieve more.

Creating new partner opportunities across cloud and mobility
We know that many of our partners are investing in transitioning their businesses to the cloud, in part to take advantage of the types of cloud-based innovations as mentioned above. So, we’re making several partner investments to make their transition more seamless.

We are expanding the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program to help partners continue to build and grow profitable cloud services businesses using Microsoft Cloud. Beginning today, Microsoft will expand CSP to additional markets, bringing the total number of markets in which CSP is available to 131. Additionally, Azure and CRM Online will join Office 365, Windows Intune and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) as available services in the CSP.

In addition, as a result of the overwhelming interest from partners and positive feedback we’ve received from customers over the past two years, we are delivering on our promise grow the opportunity for more partners to sell Surface – taking the number of resellers from a few hundred to a few thousand globally in the coming months. Surface is an integral part of our Windows strategy, and the expansion of this program coinciding with the upcoming launch of Windows 10 creates exciting opportunities for partners. We’re also investing in helping partners unlock customer mobility opportunities with new competencies for Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) that will enable them to differentiate their expertise and grow their business.

Today we’ll share that we are introducing a new premium Office 365 enterprise suite called E5 before the end of this year. E5 will encompass the core value of Office 365 productivity and collaboration capabilities, as well as significant new innovations, including newSkype for Business services such as Cloud PBX and Meeting Broadcast; Power BI & analytics features, like Power BI Pro and Delve Organizational Analytics; and new advanced security features, such as eDiscovery, Customer Lockbox, and Advanced Threat Protection. The E5 suite will provide a significant new opportunity for partners to build new service offerings around real-time communication and analytics, and to reach new customers with important new security features.

Microsoft’s partners have always been and will always be a driving force in business transformation, and our collective innovation has never been stronger for our mutual customers. That’s because they’re depending on us. In this mobile-first, cloud-first world, those businesses that embrace technology to reinvent themselves and their industries will thrive, and those who embrace status quo risk extinction. Its Microsoft’s hundreds of thousands of global partners that will bring about this transformation, help our mutual customers through this change and forge the next industrial revolution. So, I’m thrilled to come together this week at the 2015 Worldwide Partner Conference to talk about how we can collectively help businesses through the business transformation needed to be successful.

For more details on these and other investments we’re making in ensuring our partners can meet customer demands in this new world of business, visit our WPC News Center or check out my blog on the MPN site.

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