The long wait is over – the best augmented reality device in the world is finally available.
Update # 2, Friday, 12:45 PM. ET : Yesterday's Microsoft HoloLens 2 announcement was welcome news to many, but nevertheless had some enthusiastic developers scratch their heads in confusion about the actual availability of the device. In the last 24 hours I have been able to identify a number of sources to clarify a few things. Bottom line, yes, the HoloLens 2 is indeed "available" for all newcomers, but it may take a little patience.
Microsoft gives priority to its existing partners and large companies (who did not have to participate in the pre-order process) as the first recipients of the device. So when you hear that the HoloLens 2 starts sending & # 39; yesterday & # 39 ;, that mainly refers to the device that goes out to existing partners and companies with relationships with Microsoft who get their devices first. However, yesterday's announcement also means that Microsoft will ship the device to individual buyers as quickly as possible.
As you may or may not honestly suspect, this approach to prioritization may result in some delays in processing orders from individual developers and smaller companies who visit Microsoft's website to order the device.
Speaking of the website process, there is some confusion about it, so here is some detail about how it works. There is no "buy" button on the Microsoft website. Instead, you must sign up to register your interest in purchasing the device, and you will receive a call from a representative to get your payment information. Nevertheless, the timing around when people receive their sales pitch will vary greatly.
If you have already reserved your HoloLens 2 months ago, you can probably expect that you will receive a call before someone who has registered yesterday. Regarding when you actually get the device, a source tells me that the demand has been very strong, so you may have to wait somewhere between a few weeks to a few months, depending on how quickly Microsoft can send orders to partners and then individual buyers.
"Because of the overwhelming demand we have received, we know that we cannot serve everyone on the first day," a Microsoft spokesperson told Next Reality. "So what we started doing based on the people who showed interest, [we̵
Update # 1, Thursday: While Microsoft PR Next Reality said in no uncertain terms that the general availability of the HoloLens 2 would launch today, it it seems that this was a miscommunication, since Microsoft Sales now tells pre-order customers that while the HoloLens 2 is now being officially shipped, they are still working through their "substantial" backlog of pre-orders before opening general availability. If you have reserved by filling in the form on the HoloLens 2 purchase page, you will still have to wait for Microsoft to contact you to place your order as soon as it is ready for shipment. We have asked Microsoft for an estimated timeline for pre-order processing and are awaiting a response. Read below for our original report on today's launch, including some hands-on time with a HoloLens 2 production.
On Thursday, Microsoft began the next phase of its compelling computer journey by officially opening sales to the general public for the HoloLens 2.
For those who only want to purchase the device, without additional services or software, the cost is $ 3,500 per device, with no restrictions on the number of devices you can purchase.
On the other hand, if you are leading a team at a large company or startup and want to equip your crew with the devices, you might want to opt for the HoloLens 2 with Dynamics 365 Remote Assist package, which is $ 125 per user per month costs.
If you are a single developer , you'll probably be interested in viewing the Hololens 2 Development Edition package, with a $ 500 credit for Azure and a free three-month trial of Unity Pro and the PiXYZ plug-in (more on this here).
All three packages come with a device warranty, but the Development Edition package does not offer a license for commercial use (note: there is an option to upgrade after purchase.
Although a pre-order option already exists for much of this year, it gives believers of HoloLens will have the opportunity to place their orders early today and the next few months will kick the true viability test of the HoloLens 2 on the business market.
Based on my experiences with the HoloLens 2, I suspect that we have the app will see almost everywhere in the premises – it's just that good. Earlier this year I tested the device using Bentley software called Synchro XR, as well as a Trimble app, both software tools designed for construction and architectural firms.
Those demonstrations were impressive, but only a few weeks ago I also had to use the HoloLens 2 to try the Dynamics 365 Guides tool. With the help of the Guides tool I was taken step by step through a mechanical repair process for an air compressor. The experience was seamless and powerful in terms of making an impression of the value of the HoloLens 2.
The combination of precise hand and finger tracking to naturally grab, select and move objects, together with the sharp images and the lack of perceptible latency convinced me that this tool could be used to teach practically everything to practically everyone. In addition to training employees, HoloLens 2 and guides (ideally) should soon appear in medical and technical schools.