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Skype is coming to Microsoft HoloLens

Published 19/03/2016 - 0 Comments


Not much detail or specifics yet, but the first development edition of Microsoft HoloLens ships March 30th, 2016 ($3,000) and Microsoft call out Skype as one of the interesting use cases for HoloLens

“Educational and instructional moments are more effective when you can show as well as tell. Skype for HoloLens lets your contacts see what you see, hear what you hear, and draw on their screens to place holograms over physical objects in your view. See how holograms can help people communicate in new ways.”

Microsoft give a great video overview here:


“Our Development Edition also runs Skype enhanced to allow people to communicate using holograms! We believe Skype is an important experience to highlight for developers for two reasons. First, it shows a best in class example of how you can build a holographic application that can be enjoyed by people who don’t have a HoloLens. Skype on HoloLens allows people running Skype on any Windows device to interact in the holographic world. This application will show how holograms can be used for remote collaboration and training in a way previously impossible. This type of communication has enormous potential in both the consumer and business world. Secondly, it will allow developers to communicate with each other using the holographic medium to share development methods and seek the advice of others. With Skype, you can see the holograms the other person is seeing and you can use holograms to illustrate helpful techniques or development approaches. It is our hope that the holographic development community will be just that – a community. We are all defining the future of holograms together. Skype on the Development Edition will allow us all to stay connected and help each other build our holographic applications. I look forward to seeing you on a holographic Skype call soon.”

Introducing first ever experiences for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition

It’s also interesting to look at some of the commercial ideas. Enterprise HoloLens features include identity management, enterprise network features for Wi-Fi, firewall, proxies and VPN, mobile device management, data encryption, and application side-loading.

Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

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