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Microsoft: HoloLens Is Not Dead

Friday February 4, 2022. 11:02 PM , from Slashdot
Contrary to what you may have read earlier this week, Microsoft's HoloLens is not dead. In fact, 'HoloLens is doing great,' says Microsoft's mixed reality head, Alex Kipman. The Verge reports: Business Insider reported on Wednesday that Microsoft has scrapped plans for HoloLens 3 in recent months and that it could be 'the end of the road' for the headset. Microsoft has reportedly agreed to partner with Samsung on a new mixed reality device, a move that has apparently 'inflamed divisions' that exist in Microsoft's mixed reality teams. Anonymous Microsoft employees speaking to Business Insider claim there is confusion and uncertainty over the future of HoloLens inside the division that is run by Alex Kipman, technical fellow at Microsoft.

'Don't believe what you read on the internet,' claims Kipman in a reply to a tweet referencing the report. 'HoloLens is doing great and if you search said internet they also said we had cancelled HoloLens 2... which last I checked we shipped with success.' Meta, formerly Facebook, is aggressively pursuing the dream of a metaverse, and it's something Microsoft wants to build, too. 'We feel very well positioned to be able to catch what I think is essentially the next wave of the internet,' said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella about the metaverse last month. 'I think the next wave of the internet will be a more open world where people can build their own metaverse worlds, whether they're organizations, game developers, or anyone else.'

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