Microsoft has announced the launch of the first holographic email and calendaring apps, Outlook Mail and Calendar, to Microsoft HoloLens.

There are a host of interesting augmented reality applications being developed that promise to change the way we work.

Whether that’s allowing for 3D rendering of products that designers can move and look at in a virtual space, or viewing architectural plans projected within the construction site, the scope of application is growing. But first it just needs to get the basics right and Microsoft is pushing that with HoloLens.

The launch of Outlook Mail and Calendar is a first step into creating a wider use case for holographic in the workplace.

The applications look like direct replications of their desktop counterparts, however HoloLens has allowed for some handy functionality.

With Outlook Mail on HoloLens, you can now use augmented reality to pin your inbox on your office wall. Think of it like an another screen, so you can just glance up at when you need to, while you are doing other things.

Since Outlook Mail and Calendar apps are built on the Universal Windows Platform, Microsft developers were able to easiy port the applications as HoloLens runs on Windows 10. However, when they talk about “delivering a familiar experience to users”, we’re not sure most people are used to looking like they are playing Fruit Ninja to delete a few emails.

While it’s hard to imagine augmented reality headsets being common in the workplace for quite some time, Microsoft is breaking ground to make this type of software more practical and useful.

With Microsoft “excited about the opportunities that HoloLens presents to build new and powerful ways of staying connected, productive and on top of your schedule”, you can see a future where they look at adapt HoloLens for further applications within Office 365. Only time will tell.

Currently, the headset is only available to select developers who apply online at Microsoft’s dedicated site.

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