Microsoft: New Windows HoloGraphic 21H2 for HoloLens 2

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  • Microsoft HoloLens 2 MR headset is set for a major update with new exciting abilities.
  • The upgrade is Windows 10-based at the moment.
  • Microsoft is yet to confirm whether the update will be rolled over to Windows 11.
New HoloGraphic 21H2 for HoloLens 2

Microsoft has informed its users that they will be releasing Holographic version 21H2. The mixed reality platform is set for a major update with a brand new feature for HoloLens 2. From the new features, users will be able to use HoloLens 2 in large ships and marine vessels, which was previously impossible.

Not yet ready for Windows 11

From the 21H2 number, the Windows HoloGraphic is based on Windows 10. It is still unknown whether Microsoft will move the mixed reality platform to Windows 11.

What’s new

Moving Platform Mode beta – when configured, it enables the use of HoloLens 2 on large marine vessels experiencing low-dynamic motion. This is a new innovative feature that expands the usability of HoloLens 2 in large environments with low dynamic movement.

PFX file support for Certificate Manager – this gives customers more control over the certificates they can manually add to their devices. They can add PFX certs via Settings UI. 

View advanced diagnostic report in Settings on HoloLens – there is now a simplified troubleshooting flow such that the user wearing the device is able to view the MDM logs on the device. Long gone are the days where you had to transfer logs to a nearby PC.

What to expect from next-gen HoloLens - The Ghost Howls

Offline Diagnostics notifications – there is a new audiovisual feedback feature when gathering offline diagnostics. This notifies the person gathering logs that their button combination pressed has done something. You also now need not wait for a temporary file to clean itself up to know it’s completed. There will be a toast notification to alert you.

Low storage log collection improvements – Improvements have been made to log collection scenarios in times of low storage situations. The device will clean up in low storage situations to create space. You can also use MDM or run CSPs to check if your devices are running low on space.

Improved update restart detection and notifications – there are new updated policies to give you better control when restarting your device. 

Smart Retry for app updates – IT admins have been enabled to schedule retries to update apps. If an app fails to download or the device shut down before the download can finish, the smart retry policy allows you to try again as per your preferences.

Use only private store apps for Microsoft Store – Organizations can now limit the store to display only company apps.

Use WDAC and LOB apps –IT Admins now have the power to use their own apps and still block other apps using WDAC.

The new features are quite a handful. Which of these features are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below.

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