Microsoft’s new HoloLens has the potential to be a significant technological game changer, but its growth has been somewhat slow until now. Microsoft has recently opened sales of the HoloLens to anyone living in the U.S. or Canada, for a mere $3,000.
The HoloLens is not a straightforward virtual reality headset. Instead, it uses an augmented reality model in which computerized images are laid over the real world and users are able to interact with them. A video released of the project shows how the software can create an interactive model of an engine that allows users to see how different mechanical parts work together.
Now Microsoft is allowing developers to purchase and work on the HoloLens, and a significant increase in the tool’s potential is expected. Consumers and developers can buy up to five HoloLenses per person. Instead of having to purchase through a Microsoft sales representative, users can find the HoloLens easily in the Microsoft store online.
Of course, the devices do come with a slight catch. Purchasers must agree not to resell the devices and must acknowledge that the device is essentially a beta and not completely finished as a retail product. The acknowledgement also covers the no-return policy currently in place for the HoloLens.
Already, users are having a hard time getting their hands on the coveted device, and HoloLenses on eBay are already selling for nearly twice Microsoft’s retail rate.
Microsoft has sort to open up Skype to businesses. On May 19, 2016, the company launched new tools for Skype for Business SDK that will allow Android and iOS developers to integrate skype’s messaging, voice and audio capabilities into their mobile applications. The strategy will enable other business consumers using other platforms to have the Skype’s communication experience. The SDK will allow the developers to focus on building their products with unique features.
The Microsoft’s solution is meant for larger enterprises. However, message-focused startups have focused their resources towards generating revenue from this opportunity. Such organizations include chat tools provider Sendbird. The Skype for Business SDK will continue to use Microsoft’s existing layer such as the Skype for Business Online and Business Server depending on whether the company has deployed Unified Communications on their servers.
A review of the SDK shows that the integrations will be well suited for "remote advisor" functionality. The SDK will highly benefit the businesses who want to interact with their customers remotely over tablets and mobile phones through video chat, call or chat. Think about the advantages this SDK will have to the health sector. It will help the medical practitioners to share and review medical records. Send messages, lab results and more. Patients, on the other hand, can schedule an appointment with doctors in real-time chats or video calls. According to Microsoft, if a business is licensed for Skype for Business Online or Business Server, it will not incur additional costs for using SDKs.