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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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Canadian Duo Win Microsoft’s ‘Hackathon’ Competition with Smart Robotic Prosthetic Hand

SEATTLE — July 25, 2018 — A team of students from Canada has won Microsoft’s annual student developer competition with their invention – a smart robotic prosthetic hand.

SmartARM developed a robotic prosthetic hand, using Microsoft Azure Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Cloud Storage, that uses a camera embedded in its palm to recognize objects and calculate the most appropriate grip for an object. Based on Machine Learning, the more the model is used the more accurate it becomes.

Team members, Hamayal Choudhry and Samin Khan, both 20, say their invention has the potential to dramatically lower the cost of prosthetics for people who are missing or have lost a limb.

Hamayal is a second year Mechatronics Engineering Student at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology while Samin is a third year Computer Science student at the University of Toronto.

They walk away with $100,000 in prizes and a mentoring session with Microsoft, CEO, Satya Nadella.

Microsoft’s Imagine World Cup Finals takes place over 3 days at Microsoft’s Washington HQ and is now in its 16th year.

Over 40 teams from around the world brought their biggest, boldest ideas to tackle humanity’s most pressing problems..

Shows: – Footage of the moment the winning team was announced

– Soundbites and demo from SmartARM Canada

– Soundbite from Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

– Competition footage

– Soundbites from Charlotte Yarkoni, CVP of Microsoft Growth and Ecosystems

Other: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Microsoft Reveals New Tools And Services to Help Developers Infuse AI Across Any Platform

SEATTLE, USA — May 7, 2018 — Today at Build 2018 Microsoft leaders showcased new technologies to help every developer be an AI developer, on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and across any platform.

At the company’s annual developer conference, Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella, shared how the company is leading the way to address the enormous opportunity and responsibility that AI is bringing to every developer and organization on the planet.

Nadella announced a new $25 million, five-year program, AI for Accessibility, aimed at harnessing the power of AI to amplify human capabilities for more than one billion people around the world with disabilities. The program includes grants, technology investments and expertise, and will incorporate AI for Accessibility innovations into Microsoft cloud services.

Other highlights include how Microsoft is:

– Creating advancements in the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud

– Harnessing the power of data and AI development for a new era

– Enabling richer experiences with mixed reality capabilities

– Giving developers the flexibility to create on any platform in any language

Advancements in the intelligent edge and intelligent cloud

Smart devices are proliferating in homes and businesses across the globe, with more than 20 billion expected by 2020. These devices are so smart, in fact, they are powering advanced ways to see, listen, reason and predict, without constant connectivity to the cloud. That is the intelligent edge, and it is opening opportunities for consumers, businesses and entire industries, from the operating room to the factory floor. Today Microsoft is announcing new capabilities for developers to extend to the edge:

– DJI, the world’s biggest drone company, is partnering with Microsoft to create a new SDK for Windows 10 PCs, which will bring full flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities to over 700m Windows 10 active devices globally. DJI and Microsoft will co-develop solutions leveraging Azure IOT Edge and Microsoft’s AI services to enable new scenarios across Agriculture, Construction, Public Safety and more.

– Microsoft announced a joint effort with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. to create a vision AI developer kit running Azure IoT Edge. This solution makes available the key hardware and software required to develop camera-based IoT solutions.

Data and AI development for a new era 

Using the power of data, machine learning and cognitive intelligence, developers can build and manage AI-rich solutions that transform the ways people work, collaborate and live.

– Project Kinect for Azure, a package of sensors, including our next generation depth camera, with onboard compute designed for AI on the Edge. It will empower new scenarios for developers working with ambient intelligence. It can input fully articulated hand tracking and high fidelity spatial mapping, enabling a new level of precision solutions.

– Speech Devices SDK delivers superior audio processing from multi-channel sources for more accurate speech recognition, including noise cancellation, far-field voice and more. With this, developers can build a variety of voice-enabled scenarios like drive-thru ordering systems, in-car or in-home assistants, smart speakers, and other digital assistants.

– New updates to Bot Framework and Cognitive Services will power the next generation of conversational bots enabling richer dialogs, and full personality and voice customization to match the company’s brand identity.

Multi-sense and multi-device experiences 

Microsoft demonstrated mixed reality capabilities to enable richer experiences that understand the context surrounding people, the things they use, their activities and relationships:

– Microsoft Remote Assist allows customers to collaborate remotely with heads-up, hands-free video calling, image sharing, and mixed reality annotations. Firstline Workers can share what they see with any expert on their Microsoft Teams contact list, while staying hands on to solve problems and complete tasks together, faster.

– With Microsoft Layout, customers can design spaces in context with mixed reality. Import 3D models to create room layouts in real-world scale, experience designs as high-quality holograms in physical space or in virtual reality, and share and edit with stakeholders in real time.

Modern tooling and experiences for any platform in any language 

Microsoft is empowering developers to build for the new era of the intelligent edge, across Azure, M365 and other platforms, using the languages and framework of their choice.

New Developer Opportunities with Microsoft 365

Microsoft announced new opportunities that help developers create smarter ways for people to work, including new tools that give them the flexibility to design experiences in the languages and frameworks of their choice. Microsoft 365, combined with insights from the Microsoft Graph, empowers developers to build intelligent applications. New tools include:

– Windows Machine Learning, a new platform that enables developers to easily develop Machine Learning models in the Intelligent Cloud – and then deploy them offline and in high-performance to the PC platform.

New Microsoft 365 experiences empower customers to do more 

Microsoft introduced a set of technology experiences that address a more mobile workforce, including streamlining mobile Windows experiences across a variety of devices and platforms as well as better blending web and app experiences. These new experiences include:

– The new Your Phone app enables a window into a user’s phone right from their PC for seamless transition of content like messages, photos and notifications across shared customers devices. The Your Phone app will begin to roll out to the Windows Insider Program this week.

– Adaptive Cards now supported within Microsoft 365 enable developers to create rich interactive content in messages coming from their apps, bots, or services into Teams and Outlook. As a result, people can approve expense reports or comment on an issue in GitHub directly within a Teams chat, or even pay bills directly in email.

Shows: Seattle, USA

– Soundbites from Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO

– Footage showing Microsoft projects focused on Accessibility

– Footage showing the Cortana and Alexa Collaboration

– Footage showing Intelligent Edge; a drone leveraging Azure IOT Edge and Microsoft AI services detects faults in an industrial pipeline

– Footage showing Intelligent Workplace

– Footage from Build 2018 in Seattle

Other: Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

The full press release and additional assets can be found on the Microsoft News Center.