2018 was an exciting year for our remote collaboration and communication application and 2019 promises to be better still.
Here we take a look at some of the proposed milestones and upcoming features of HoloMeeting planned for this year.
It will be an exciting year in 2019 in terms of both Mixed Reality and for HoloMeeting.
First of all, we will look at the industry at large. The big white elephant in the room in the most positive of senses is the HoloLens itself. Or rather, version 2 of the HoloLens. There are rumours that MWC in Barcelona in February will lead us to an announcement on the second instalment of Microsoft's industry-leading headset and we are definitely excited about that.
The truth is, we don't really know what to expect of the second version but we can make some decent assumptions based upon what we know and can likely expect a smaller-sized headset backed up with an increased field of vision. That is, of course, not to mention the inevitably improved processing power that come with updates.
Before we push forward to our own aims for 2019 however, it is best to look at this in the frame of last year and specifically, in terms of the competition. Because 2018 saw both Microsoft's Remote Assist and Spatial come to the fore with their own MR solutions. Remoe Assist (and its 'sister' application Layout) obviously has a slightly different corner of the market but Spatial is a direct competitor. We also have Object Theory's Prism too which came out before but is firmly within the marketplace and the comapny has had a similar trajectory to Kazendi's.
How do we view this competition? We view it as great news. Why? Because it validates the marketplace. When we created HoloMeeting it was born out of two things. First, was an internal need to communicate better as a dispersed team. Second of all, it was born out of the research and insight garnered from having developed numerous Mixed Reality applications for clients. We believed both the need and the marketplace was there and so we built HoloMeeting. However, you are only truly justified when competition rears its head and now it has which is a good thing for the industry to move forward.
Fast forward to now and we have entered 2019 with a challenge on our hands. A challenge which we dutifully accept.
Our roadmap then is one of steady improvement. We have built a range of core features in HoloMeeting and are working to improve each and every one of them, some forthcoming updates for instance will increase the stability and simultaneously reduce the bandwidth of our in-app video streaming capacity.
Improvements across our feature set is of paramount importance to us. We do not believe in gimmickry, but instead believe in producing stability and quality for our features and across our application as a whole. Coupled with this are infrastructural improvements such as to our backend or to how we host certain data on servers or how files are processed. These background improvements will allow us to expand the application itself and ensure that it truly meets the cross-platform needs of our clients, current and future.
Secondly on the roadmap is growth. We are a small team and, as we onboard more clients, each with their particular needs, we require an ever-larger team to accommodate what we are building (do check out our Jobs page for the latest vacancies).
Lastly, is one of recognition. As a team, we are still known for our work with Kazendi but as we have transitioned from a service company to a software one, we will continue to grow the HoloMeeting name and brand and be known as the remote collaboration and communication company.
And that, in a nutshell is our roadmap and our aims for 2019. We are sure that it will be a grand adventure and we look forward to your continued support and involvement in it.