Vive Focus 3 the First VR Headset to Support Microsoft Intune
HTC’s Vive Focus 3 will support Microsoft Intune, becoming the first virtual reality headset to do so. Intune is an enterprise device management solution that simplifies consistency and security for businesses.
The Vive Focus 3 headset now appears in Microsoft’s Intune compatibility list. This is a major boost for HTC and will make its business-focused headset more attractive to companies/enterprises that use Intune to manage their devices. No other headset appears on the list at the moment.
Meta has already gone into partnership with Microsoft and announced that its headsets would also support Microsoft’s Intune in the future.
Virtual reality is increasingly being put into business applications and this could see Microsoft take center stage in supporting any devices that are widely adopted by its enterprise customers.
Intune is Microsoft’s cloud-based device management system for the enterprise market that enables businesses to easily update the software on the company devices including tablets, computers, company-owned phones, and even virtual reality devices to deliver a consistent experience across a multiplicity of devices. Microsoft Intune also enables the administrator to control access to both the data and devices directly from the cloud.
Microsoft Intune is important for security for businesses. For IT departments, it helps save both time and effort. It saves IT staff from having to manually update several virtual reality headsets and devices after making every small change in the system software or app.
Meta and Pico are Also Eying B2B
Apart from HTC, Meta, and Pico are also focusing on the B2B market. Meta launched its professional and productivity-focused headset, the Meta Quest Pro in October 2022. The Quest Pro is now serving Meta’s B2B customers and serves a market segment that the first Rift met.
Pico also has its B2B-focused Pico 4 Enterprise headset. Additionally, a number of smaller players also build XR hardware targeting specific niches. Examples include flight simulators and 3D design and collaboration tools.
Following a recent Meta-Microsoft partnership, Intune will also support Meta devices in the near future. Meta is also providing Quest for Business in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Pico headsets already have device management support through a number of third-party solutions including Radix, 42Gears, ManageXR, and ArborXR.
With Microsoft Intune support, HTc gets an early edge in the enterprise market but its staying power in this market segment will depend on its choice of the right virtual reality solution for business. Every headset has its strengths and weaknesses that enterprises will have to consider before spending big on XR hardware.