To bring more developers to the HoloLens platform, Microsoft has today introduced the HoloLens 2 Development Edition bundle, created to make the augmented reality headset and software more accessible to developers and businesses. The HoloLens 2 Development Edition It is now available from $99 per user, per month. Providing a HoloLens 2 headset, $500.00 in Azure credits for use with the company’s Azure mixed reality services, and a three-month free trial of Unity Pro and the Unity PiXYZ Plugin for CAD data.
Microsoft has also announced a new set of Azure AI technology aimed to help developers and data scientists apply AI to any solution.
– Azure Cognitive Services power applications to see, hear, respond, translate, reason and more. Microsoft is launching a new Cognitive Services category, called “Decision,” that delivers users a specific recommendation for more informed and efficient decision-making. This category includes Content Moderator, the recently announced Anomaly Detector, and a new service called Personalizer, which uses reinforcement learning to provide users with a specific recommendation to enable quick and informed decision-making.
– Microsoft is bringing AI to Azure Search with the general availability of the cognitive search capability, enabling customers to apply Cognitive Services algorithms to extract new insights from their structured and unstructured content. In addition, we are previewing a new capability that enables developers to store AI insights gained from cognitive search, making it easier to create knowledge-rich experiences leveraging Power BI visualizations or machine learning models.
“It’s an incredible time to be a developer. From building AI and mixed reality into apps to leveraging blockchain for solving commercial business problems, developers’ skillsets and impact are growing rapidly,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud and AI Group. “Today we’re delivering innovative Azure services for developers to build the next generation of apps. With 95% of Fortune 500 customers running on Azure, these innovations can have far-reaching impact.”