Stare into the future with the 21H1 update for HoloLens 2

Vlad Turiceanu
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  • HoloLens is a pair of mixed reality smart glasses developed and sold by Microsoft.
  • The latest update includes all the features available for the 21H1 version of Windows.
  • Using HoloLens 2 you can now Swipe to Type text by using your virtual keyboard.
  • Multiple users can now share the device without having to constantly input credentials.
HoloLens 2 21H1 update

With the main objective being the making of day-to-day usage of your HoloLens 2 more intuitive and customizable, Microsoft doesn’t stop tinkering.

So, without further ado, we can announce that Windows Holographic, version 21H1 is now available, judging from the official release notes.

What does Windows Holographic, version 21H1 bring new?

Designed for both end-users and IT admins, this update will greatly improve the experience that users report having while using HoloLens 2.

Through the plethora of updates that were brought to the table, it is useful to mention that the new, Chromium-based Microsoft Edge will now be available for HoloLens.

The good news is that it will now be the default browser for this device, fact that will offer users a better degree of compatibility and, also, will create less fragmentation for web developers.

The Settings app will also receive great enhancements and extra settings and features through the above-mentioned update.

Feel free to explore more options for Sound, Power & sleep, Network & Internet, Apps, Accounts, Ease of Access, as well as others.

Changing the color profile for your HoloLens 2 display with the display color calibration tool is just the start. Think about how resetting default apps using the default app picker would feel.

Also, enabling the Battery Saver feature, or Airplane Mode for your HoloLens 2 can also be done through the new and improved version of the Settings app.

You will surely be happy to hear that another one of the new additions that Microsoft is bringing to HoloLens 2 via the update is a Swype to Type feature, similar to the one you have on your mobile device.

The power menu will also be updated, allowing you to sign out, shut down and restart your device by simply tapping the user profile icon. If you have an update available, this is where you where you will see the notification.

For those of you who want to jump right into it, getting this update is easy. All you have to do is:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open Settings and select Update & Security
  2. From the Windows Update tab, click on Check for Updates

Multiple users now supported by HoloLens 2

There are, of course, people that use HoloLens and don’t mind sharing it. Now, there is absolutely no need to constantly retype usernames and passwords to change users

After installing this update, when selecting Other user which is located to the right of the PIN entry field, the Sign in screen will display multiple users with have previously signed into the device.

We continue to look towards the future and can’t help but wonder how will all this technology evolve in the next 10 years. We have to admit that what we’ve achieved so fat is pretty impressive.

Have you used the Microsoft HoloLens 2 holographic device? If so, tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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