At Build developer conference, Microsoft demonstrated two new mixed reality apps that will help its customers in many ways.
The first app is called Microsoft Remote Assist which enables collaboration in mixed reality to solve problems faster. Firstline workers can collaborate remotely with heads-up, hands-free video calling, image sharing, and mixed reality annotations. They can share what they see with an expert on Microsoft Teams, while staying hands-on to solve problems and complete tasks together, faster.
The second app is called Microsoft Layout which allows you to import 3D models to easily create room layouts in real-world scale and experience designs as high-quality holograms in physical or virtual space and edit in real time. With Microsoft Layout, you can see ideas in context, saving valuable time and money.
The apps were initially in preview, and has seen extensive testing by companies such as Chevron.
Previously Chevron was required to fly in an inspector from Houston to a facility in Singapore once a month to inspect equipment. Now it has in-time inspection using Dynamics 365 Remote Assist and can identify issues or provide approvals immediately.
In addition, remote collaboration and assistance have helped the company operate more safely in a better work environment, serving as a connection point between firstline workers and remote experts, as well as cutting down on travel and eliminating risks associated with employee travel.
Microsoft will be releasing these apps to Dynamics 365 users in October as part of their Ignite event.