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Insiders with a HoloLens 2 can now use the new Microsoft Edge

Microsoft recently rolled out a new update to Insiders using the HoloLens 2 augmented reality headset. The update includes several new features, but arguably the biggest addition is the Chromium-based Microsoft Edge. Often referred to as “new Microsoft Edge,” the browser is built on the open-source Chromium project and is already available on Windows 10 and other major platforms. Now, Insiders on the HoloLens 2 can test out the new browser.

The Microsoft webpage breaking down the latest Insider release states that the new Edge is now available for Insiders on the HoloLens 2. The page does not mention if people on the original HoloLens will be able to use Microsoft’s new browser.

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Here is the summary of the new features in build 20279.1006:

This version of Microsoft Edge is a native Win32 app with Microsoft’s new UWP adapter layer that lets it run on devices like the HoloLens 2. As a result, the browser is missing some features at this time like spatial sound and printing. Microsoft highlights a few features that are on the way:

  • WebXR and 360 Viewer extension
  • Content restoration to correct window when browsing across multiple windows placed in your environment.
  • Joining a Microsoft Teams call via the browser with video, mixed reality capture, or screen-sharing (joining calls with audio works well)

While this update including the new Edge will probably garner the most attention, its other additions are also important. The new Settings app has new features and settings compared to the legacy app. The option to pick default apps, support for USB-C external microphones, and other new features round out a rather large update.

This build also has support for a swipe to type feature. People can swipe their fingers around a virtual keyboard to type within the device.

If you’re looking to pick up a HoloLens 2, it’s easier to get one than ever. Microsoft recently started selling the HoloLens 2 to 14 additional markets.

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This post was written by Sean Endicott and was first posted to WindowsCentral

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