What you need to know
- Microsoft's Alex Kipman may have just refuted the claim that the HoloLens 3 is canceled.
- Earlier this week, a report claimed that the HoloLens division was in complete disarray and that HoloLens 3 was canceled in mid 2021.
- In response to the report, Kipman said "don't believe what you read on the internet," claiming HoloLens is doing great.
Update 11 PM ET 2/4/2022: Business Insider has since published a new report that refutes Kipman's claim in his tweet, as well as shedding much more light on Microsoft's mixed reality plans.
Microsoft's Alex Kipman appears to disagree with the reports claiming that the HoloLens 3 was canceled. Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft and overseer of the company's Mixed Reality division, took to Twitter to refute the claims.
The entire HoloLens division came under fire following an Insider report that included information from "more than 20 current and former employees" at Microsoft. Our Executive Editor Daniel Rubino said that he's "never heard of such a division in this much chaos in all [his] years of covering Microsoft."
The report outlined a division in disarray, including Microsoft not having a clear vision for its mixed reality devices. The piece claimed that the HoloLens 3 was canceled in mid-2021, that Microsoft's partnership with Samsung caused rifts, and that at least 25 Microsoft employees working on mixed reality have left for Meta. It also stated that Microsoft's $22 billion contract with the U.S. military is behind schedule due to headset development issues.
In stark contrast to these points, Kipman claims HoloLens is doing great.
don't believe what you read on the internet. #HoloLens is doing great and if you search said internet they also said we had cancelled #HoloLens2... which last I checked we shipped with success [)-)don't believe what you read on the internet. #HoloLens is doing great and if you search said internet they also said we had cancelled #HoloLens2... which last I checked we shipped with success [)-)— Alex Kipman (@akipman) February 3, 2022February 3, 2022
Kipman also notes that in earlier times there were reports of the HoloLens 2 being canceled. That device ultimately shipped, disproving such claims.
Nonetheless, Business Insider published a new report that directly refutes Kipman's claims with one source calling it "complete bullsh-t."
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