With VR products such as HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google’s new Daydream platform dominating the news in recent weeks, Microsoft wants you to remember that its HoloLens augmented reality product still has some skin in the game.

In addition to shipping its second wave of orders to developers who’ve paid around $3,000 a pop for first crack at the AR goggles, Microsoft is also rolling out the product’s first big software update. Improvements are said to include:

  • Ability to run three apps simultaneously
  • Background playback of music from Microsoft’s Groove streaming service
  • 3D rotation and placement of the “holographic” images being viewed
  • New voice commands
  • An easy photo mode for shooting virtual objects in their real-life surroundings, as well as borderless photo pinning
  • Addition of Bluetooth mouse support

The consumer version of HoloLens still has no set release date, but you can check out the latest impressions of the product from our own Sean Hollister below.

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