New report sheds light on future of Microsoft's AR strategy now that HoloLens 3 is 'canceled'

HoloLens 2 with phone
HoloLens 2 with phone (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A new report has revealed more about Microsoft's canceled HoloLens 3.
  • Futher details about Microsoft and Samsung's AR partnership have been revealed too.
  • It's not looking good for future HoloLens products running Windows.

Business Insider has today published a follow-up report with more details about Microsoft's canceled HoloLens 3 augmented reality (AR) headset. According to the report, which outright refutes Technical Fellow Alex Kipman's recent comments suggesting HoloLens 3 was not canceled, the device was codenamed Calypso and was canceled during the last year. Furthermore, everyone working on the project has since been reassigned to other projects or has outright left the company.

This new info comes after Business Insider reported earlier this week that Microsoft's mixed reality division was in shambles. "In no uncertain terms, Calypso was canceled," says a source familiar with the matter. The device was going to feature a more robust design with longer battery life, and was able to be used in outdoor settings. The device was canceled as the company wanted to put engineering resources behind other projects, including Samsung's AR device, codenamed Bondi.

The new report says Microsoft is no longer actively working on a HoloLens 2 successor that would be powered by Windows for either business or consumer use. The company is still working on a custom HoloLens for the US military, but that device, codenamed Atlas, is not something that Microsoft's regular customers will be able to buy or develop for.

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Business Insider's report does shed light on what the future may hold for Microsoft's augmented reality strategy now that its next flagship product is no longer coming. The partnership with Samsung is said to include a headset with a set of screens inside, powered by a Samsung phone in your pocket. This likely means the headset will be powered by Android, and not Windows, which throws the future of Windows' role in AR into serious doubt.

The report doesn't mention what exactly Microsoft's role is in this Samsung-Microsoft AR partnership. A report from last year was the first to claim that Microsoft and Samsung were working together on an AR partnership, yet that report also failed to mention Microsoft's role.

Finally, Business Insider mentions that Microsoft is looking into the idea of an edge-computing headset, where the OS and data are streamed from the cloud directly onto the device. Business Insider's source claims this idea is still in early planning stages, and could change significantly (or get canceled) before it's announced. It's unclear if this device would utilize Windows 365, or another cloud-based solution.

Overall, if this report is accurate, it's looking like any future AR device from Microsoft won't be running Windows. With no immediate follow-up to the HoloLens 2 on the cards, it's unlikely we're ever going to see another self-contained Windows-powered HoloLens device before Apple and Google debut their own offerings. Whatever comes next from Microsoft and Samsung will likely be powered by an Android phone.

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  • How they could have screwed this up so badly is hard to comprehend.
  • Agreed, this is very disappointing news
  • I don't think it's a screw up. I feel it's more Microsoft doing what they are good at software and working with 3rd party's to help with hardware. Samsung could definitely do well with this department. I also see Microsoft and Samsung working closer for devices like the duo. Microsofts biggest issue out side the tech world and USA not many people want a product by them. Owning a duo I love it and get lots of questions asked about it but not one person has heard of it. This has always been Microsofts biggest issue and one reason why xbox is not call/linked to Microsoft that often. For me I feel vr and AR will be used alot in the future but only by the big Corp. Small business are only coming round to cloud working. (onedrive sync being default for alot of them) and don't know the advantages of using sharepoint online or inside of teams. I am sad Microsoft have scraped the hardware but I see why.
  • Based on the report, it seems unclear how much they will do, even on the software side.
    Microsoft had a solid lead in AR, and they had ample time to perfect it.
    It looks like they're standing in their own way, not due to a lack of vision, but due to ineffective management.
  • No one had a lead that matters. Right now AR is in the "pre-iphone smartphone" stage. Until someone figures out the input method, which might be impossible with today's technology, they are all garbage.
  • 7 or 8 years ago, lots of people wanted Microsoft hardware. Then they started killing off one product after another, only a few years into the life cycle, leaving people with thousands of dollars of worthless junk. I for one still have three Lumia phones, a Microsoft Band 2, a Zune, and a Surface RT collecting dust in the closet. People don't want Microsoft hardware these days because Microsoft has eroded all trust in their ability to support their own hardware for longer than a year or two.
  • Sadly, it is not the first instance... and likely will not be the last.
  • Retrenchment, baby..... Coming in full force.... 10 years from now, MSFT will be running the cloud of Android devices. of course, no more Windows hardware. LOL
  • Oh gosh, I've developed a gag reflex to that word from Microsoft'use of it
  • I don't know why the writer needs to take an unnecessary alarmist take, parrotting Business Insider, an untrustworthy news source at best. Microsoft doesn't owe the market or bloggers a particular implementation. If they cancel "Project Claypso", it absolutely does not mean "Hololens 3" is cancelled. What Microsoft is required to do is deploy their resources and product development direction in areas they deem to be best. Why should Microsoft wed themselves to Windows (yet again) for Hololens 3, or wed themselves to a self contained computing unit, if the reality tells them that they ought to implement something lighter that will be able to compete in the consumer market by offloading computing tasks to the phone or cloud? If they are to do that, then there is no other game in town. They have to go to Android and partner with companies that have the position and capabilities on that. Anyone who is not blind would have seen over the past several years they have made a lot of efforts to gain relevance on Android. Why would then not sensibly utilize those effort by addition, move to where the ball will be rather than stick to the quick sand of a self contained windows implementation for Hololens 3? I mean do the math. When Apple and Google come out with their consumer AR sets that are lighter and cheaper and work with the current phone technologies (and the gazzillion number of existing phone apps) and Microsoft comes out with a bulky Hololens 3 that is a self-contained computer, running some overheated Intel chip on your head, or trying to emulate so sloowly via a Qualcomm SOC, running Windows, does it take a rocket scientist to figure out who loses out there? It is sensible to realize that Windows is today no match for Android/IoS as a platform for a mobility device, and move on. There is nothing particularly new in project cancellations or redirects in early development. Thousands of projects/implementations get cancelled in thousands of companies each year because they didn't work out. This is part of the healthy process of developing new products. It does not mean a product will not come to market.
  • What you are saying may be true but you're leaving out the "alarmist" part about how this decision has evidently fractured the mixed reality teams, there is dissent, confusion, and an apparent lack of clarity on the product. The thrust of the BI article is that MS's strategy is, to quote, "a sh-t show." There was also this:
    It was even suggested by some that Microsoft should end the Samsung partnership, or do the bare minimum to fulfill it, in order to focus on its own projects, the employee said.
    I think many of you are focusing on the hardware bit and are missing the bigger story that this division sounds mismanaged. That's not good, for whatever position you have on mixed reality (consumer or enterprise).
  • Another Windows Phone like disaster. Unless Google services are removed from Android I am not getting on Android bandwagon.
  • You can remove Google services on many Android devices yourself if you really care. Find something well supported by Lineage and go for it.
  • Dan I do agree with andromedroid's take above.
    It's true that this decision fractured the mixed reality team, and obviously, these reports come from disappointed ex-team members. It is very understandable -- I can imagine how such a monumental strategy shift impacted the team negatively, and the ensuing bitterness.
    But, this is Microsoft's only consumer play. If the mass-market AR glasses are essentially phones on your eyes, then MS had better jump on the Android bandwagon.
    Disappointing for all Windows users for sure (including me), but it can't be helped at this point.
    Despite their spotty track record in consumer products, I do have to give them benefit of the doubt and assume this decision was made based on a lot of information and work.
    These guys work on this stuff everyday (unlike me lol!).
    It won't have been easy (most especially for guys like Kipman that live and breathe this).
    We should at least give them some credit for knowing infinitely more about this than any one of us here (except if you are/were on the HoloLens team).
    No need yet to assume the worst case.
  • Well said, kaymd.
  • Daniel, IMHO adromedrone has a better, more measured, take. I think you would have been better off to not double down on "alarmist." Dissent, confusion, lack of clarity? That's how it is when tough decisions are made. "**** show?" Consider toning it down. Windows Central isn't a tabloid. Time will tell. My 2¢
  • ""**** show?" Consider toning it down. Windows Central isn't a tabloid. Time will tell. My 2¢"
    I suggest you do some better homework as "shitshow" was a direct quote from the Business Insider article quoting a source.
  • “It is sensible to realize that Windows is today no match for Android/IoS as a platform for a mobility device, and move on.” THIS. Very few people here seem to understand this. The fact is, Windows is ancient. It is a rusting, listing, barnacle-encrusted oil tanker in a world of jet skis. However, Microsoft DOES understand this. Thus, MS is trying to sell an Android phone. MS wants you to run Android apps on Windows. MS wants to move Windows to the cloud. “Move to where the ball will be.” Indeed. Trying to cram Windows into a mobile device is silly and pointless. Don’t try to turn your oil tanker into a jet ski. Partner with folks who are already making jet skis.
  • "Very few people here seem to understand this. The fact is, Windows is ancient. It is a rusting, listing, barnacle-encrusted oil tanker in a world of jet skis." "However, Microsoft DOES understand this. Thus, MS is trying to sell an Android phone. MS wants you to run Android apps on Windows. MS wants to move Windows to the cloud."
    I don't see many people disagreeing with this strategy, but rather it's the abruptness of the shift that is causing issues. Let's translate this: Microsoft spent the last SIX years building Windows holographic only switch in mid-2021 to an Android-based system. While that may work in the long run, they just wasted six years of SW development and building out Windows holographic, app/dev tools, APIs, cloud infrastructure, etc. only to realize "this won't work." One wouldn't be far off to call that inefficient use of resources, talent, and a plain old waste of time. Sure, they learned a lot, but they failed to turn that into a viable product. And what happens to all the existing contracts with businesses/med schools using HoloLens? That's why this is a disaster. Had this dawned on MS back when it killed Windows Phone, that's a different story and suggested prescience. They did not.
  • You are missing a very important point: when MS launched Word and Excel a determining factor in the conquer, and consequent domination, of a market owned and saturated by Wordstar, WordPerfect, Quattro Pro and Lotus was the OS: people used Windows, the OS was gaining more and more traction and Word and Excel worked better in a Windows environment that the competition.
    Piggyback on Android could be, although highly risky and questionable, a stop gap strategy but a MS OS running on different environment is and will always be of paramount importance.
  • I have updated the final paragraph with less "alarmist" wording. But I stand by my claims that Windows' future in AR is in doubt now that MS may be adopting Android. It makes sense, but that doesn't mean it's not disappointing for those who were hoping that Windows was going to adapt to future paradigm shifts.
  • Profoundly disappointing. Microsoft had such a lead in this sector with some very practical applications in various industries, such medicine, education, manufacturing, military and more, which were a foundation for the more aspirational goals. To have a unique standalone AR device that had such a lead in the industry from a company with so many resources that could have made this far more successful, rather than allowing it to die on the vine is disappointing. Technology needs big dreamers to see beyond the hear and now, to push the imagination and consequently-innovation. But to make imagination and innovation a succesful product also requires good leadership, a business mind and the ability to inspire and bring a team together. I don't know all that has occurred within Microsoft. Sadly, perhaps as well-meaning and inspired Kipman is, and the dreamer heart he has isn't accompanied with the business aptitude to make the dream a viable product. Of course, all know that the project is a challenge, and requires the a number of components to make it successful: Hardware, the software, partnerships with industries/marketing, developers, the internal teams that had to work together to make it work, devising an affordable consumer angle (which was on Nadella's radar years ago) etc. Well Microsoft, here we go again it seems. :-(
  • LOL.... disappointing is not reading your blog posts after so many years..... After all these years still you dont get it... The only thing NADELLA see is the CLOUD. LOL!!!
  • I mean, Windows made this company, and this guy ***** on Windows on every opportunity he gets...
  • I have been a Nadella supporter thus far. However, this is a major screw-up. I am starting to come around to the opinion that if it's not cloud, Nadella is going to **** it up. I would have thought that he learned his lesson when Windows resurged because of the pandemic, but he doesn't give a ****. He envisions Microsoft as nothing more than a cloud provider. AR/VR is probably going to be the next unit of computing and MS had a huge lead in the sector. HoloLens 2 was the best bread product in this category. That being said, the future is cloud-based everything once the lines are fast enough with no latency. Devices will be nothing more than screens to the cloud. Nadella is content to wait 20 years until this is the reality while skipping the in-between. I'm not sure that's a winning strategy.
  • This is nothing new. This is the history of Microsoft. Create and cancel. Maybe there are other companies that do this too, but since the computer has been part of my life since my first computer the Apple IIe, then moving to IBM clones. To communicating through bulletin boards in the mid to late 80s. Things have changed greatly along the way. But Microsoft creating and cancelling great ideas is nothing new. This has been a constant. I complain about how Microsoft quit on items, I already know full well this is what they do. It's in their DNA. It's surprising Outlook/Office has survived this long. (bread and butter) Even knowing Microsoft quits on useable or promising consumer products this past decade has just seem worst for some reason. Oh well, I guess that's how it goes.
  • I loved BBS!!! Ah, the good, old times...
  • Satya is a terrible person.
    So I'm guessing this is The end of windows
    If that's the case then I just better move to apple and just leave windows all together if it's going to happen eventually.
    LOL honestly I'm getting tired of Microsofts **** managing things I think I'm just going to go to the Apple ecosystem all together.
    AR is the future and if Microsoft can't make this work and is going to dump its own operating system then I might as well go with Apple
  • "Satya is a terrible person." This is a very high level viewpoint, but I would make the counter argument that Microsoft as a company exists for one reason: to make a profit. Microsoft under Satya Nadella has done a fine job at that, and they do not appear to be slowing down in that regard anytime soon.
  • Maybe this announcement that they are working on building the next "internet" has something to do with it...
  • What do you mean?
  • Soooooo, Microsoft are giving up on putting windows on anything other that laptops. No windows on the Duo. No windows on AR/VR devices. Christ, why do they bother.
  • Agree. That's why I'm deciding to switch to Apple
  • I was a fan of MS since windows95.
    I used PocketPC back in 2000 and since then continued to use windows phone until its demise with Lumia 950xl. Before that I refused to accept iPhone as a gift.
    but then I switched to iPhone...
    I was hopeful about the surface band. sad story again.
    then I bought apple watch.. enjoying it very much.
    After that I bought iPad, airpod, airpodpro, airpodmax,
    These devices seamlessly interact with each other, just the way microsoft envisioned it in the past.
    Lately, I don't use my surface pro anymore, just sitting on my desk. my iPad replaced surface laptop. I've surface headphone.. just sitting on my desk.
    My airpod max, and airpod pro work seamlessly with all my devices. no need to fumble with settings/connections etc. Was very excited about Kinect too
    HoloLens was my last hope. they were far ahead on this space. Now I hear this.. not good. I'll get the next iMac and next iteration of apple homepod. should make my move to apple echosystem complete. Hoping for best VR/AR experience on apple devices.
    when you use apple devices. you don't think about devices, you think what you are doing. devices work in the background for you. Satya Nadella is a good man. but not good as a CEO of a company that requires multidimensional thought processes, and not one-eyed person.
  • Windows is not designed for anything other than desktop or portable computers... Once Microsoft had waved the white flag with Windows mobile all projects like this were eventually doomed... Microsoft have the dominant PC OS but have conceded the mobile market to Android... There is no way back and they are playing to their strengths... Business and Gaming and they are not doing too bad there...
  • Nadella is a "curator" CEO, and a pretty good one. He is incapable of leading innovation himself, that's indisputable now. He just can't successfully innovate new products to market success under his leadership and vision, but I don't believe that bothers him at all. His focus is on pure profit for the overall company, and he's really good at that. He's great at cutting jobs, costs and ending struggling products (too long a list to mention). He's ok at maintaining the big winners he inherited (Windows for PC, Office 365, Azure, Surface, XBox). And, he's pretty good at using Microsoft's massive bank account to buy his success with companies MineCraft, LinkedIn, GitHub, and Activision Blizzard. He is a great "curator". No one here likes that or wants that kind of CEO, but the stock market does so he isn't going anywhere. It is what it is.
  • This seems to be the case.
  • I think we need a list of new products or still in development that started under Nadella, not counting the ones inherited from Ballmer era. Give like 2 or even 3 years after Ballmer I guess since things don't move that instantly after new leadership shifts. But it seems like under Nadella, anything that is cloud is actually successful, even new ones like the x loud and Game Pass. Under his lead ship, Microsoft seems to acquire really quite successful companies that benefits to MS portfolio. But yeah, in regards to bleeding edge computing, I do wonder how much as been greenlighted. Sadly in regards to new platform development, it doesn't seem to work under Satya. To be far even under Ballmer there was a failure as well when developing new platform, but they tend to persist for a very long time before they get discontinued. Some gained success like Xbox, some died like Windows Phone. New brand like Surface now lives with us. What I'm afraid if this HoloLens issue is true, this will be a problem with Microsoft's future in regards to their visibility as a platform that most people will use. They might live as an cloud company, and infrastructure, which will be invisible to consumers. MS apps and services may be the only one visible to consumers, to people. And Windows on PC since I don't think that will going away, at least not another 30 years. Desktop PC will be still needed in the future, but it may get less needed by regular people.
  • It's all just another example of how capitalism is such a terrible and inefficient system and it never works
  • LOL. Good one. 🙄
  • Dumbest comment of the day award right here.
  • “This likely means the headset will be powered by Android, and not Windows, which throws the future of Windows' role in AR into serious doubt.” Windows never had any future in AR, unless your vision of AR is carrying around a Windows laptop with a bunch of cables connected to the headset. Outside of enterprise, Windows has no future. Nothing in this story surprises me. What DOES surprise me is how many people ARE surprised by this.
  • Well Windows is, was before the actual CEO took over, a big umbrella covering multiple platforms.
  • Not really. They tried, but none of them worked well except desktop.
  • You apparently never used a HoloLens. Having an AR implementation of windows that can work with your PC is incredible. I would setup Virtual screens all around my main desktop's panels to work on complex projects. Being able to flip up research, documents, images, videos, etc on a large virtual screen without needing to minimize or cover any of the applications/windows on my desktop (3 physical displays) saves me a ton of time every day. I can also walk around my house reading what I needed to without carrying around a laptop or cables. HoloLens is completely self contained and is an incredible device to use for productivity. Also, I think it is funny that they said the HoloLens 3 was meant to be able to also be used outside. I have the original HoloLens, and use it outside by my pool all the time. I have a pre-setup space with my email, calendar, contact, Edge, and search all pinned over my pool. During the summer, I will sit outside and watch the morning news with a cup of coffee and my HoloLens.
  • Well explained, that sounds quite handy actually. Especially if it can effectively give you lots of screen space while staying portable.
  • By being powered by Samsung phone, does it really mean it will be Android based? Samsung had previously Tizen smartwatches. Also, I've seen reports that Apple's device will not require iPhone which I think should be the way MS approaches AR.
  • Yeah, that seems like a dumb step backwards considering HoloLens is a fully functional self contained device.
  • Eh I think the story is a bit overblown. Things I expect:
    AR will happen. VR will happen. The applications for so many industries, especially education, are just too strong to not bare fruit. Consumer AR will initially be devices that receive streamed content from your phone. So that software will need to run on iOS and Android and doesn't require a hololens. Enterprise AR and VR will stream from the PC to the headset via the web, and the PC OS will be irrelevant, and the headset to be a dumb monitor. Doesn't require a hololens, but certainly there's money to be made in selling that hardware at first and in creating the framework for that content development. Consumer VR will stream to the headset via PC or console, there will absolutely be platform lock in, and whether that lock in includes the headset (oculus) or doesn't will be up in the air. Microsoft never had a chance at consumer AR without accepting iOS and Android, Enterprise AR/VR is likely most lucrative on the software side, and consumer VR will still happen via XBox and home PCs. It does suck that Meta has better internal execution at the moment, but I don't think we should underestimate public resentment of Facebook no matter how compelling the product is leaving room for competition in the space.
  • "AR will happen" - Uh, AR happened when the original HoloLens was launched 7 years ago. AR has been a thing for nearly a decade. The unfortunate thing is, Microsoft didn't bother to let anyone know. HoloLens is a fully functional, self-contained, Windows AR headset.
  • It isn't "fully functional" until someone figures out the input method. They are all only partially functional until then. Remember how bad smart phones were before iPhone?
  • "It isn't "fully functional" until someone figures out the input method. "
    You are aware that you can connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse up to HoloLens when you need to do input, right? It's just a Windows PC. When not in a stationary area, you have voice (input, text-to-speech), and hand gestures, including typing. HoloLens 2 even has per-finger detection so you could play a virtual piano with it. I have a serious impression you: 1. Never used HoloLens 2. Never looked into anything about HoloLens.
  • Obviously wasn't good enough to make a viable product. I am sure it was as frustrating and disconnected to use as all the others. If you have to hook up a keyboard and mouse, it is already a failure. Are you really going to argue that the input method on these is great? In a few years, maybe several before the technology is ready, someone is going to release one that just blows all the rest away and revolutionizes the product. The current ones just aren't great.
  • There is a possibility that the "current" HoloLens 3 is cancelled but the new one, maybe with Samsung will release "HoloLens 3", but the question is if it will run indeed an Android OS. If it is, this undermine the future of Windows for the future of mix reality devices. Though since it has been said that Ms is actually will be more into software while Samsung is likely be for hardware, then there is a chance for the HoloLens OS itself might be just used, and the R&D that MS did will be transferred to Samsung.
  • Same ol' Microsoft. Come out with a great product. Market it poorly, get bored, give up and leave those who adopted the technology in the wind. I have learned my lesson when it comes to Microsoft hardware. If it doesn't have xbox on it, don't buy it, don't adopt it, don't even look at it.
  • It wasn't a great product. It was mediocre at best, just like all AR/VR products have been at this point. A great product would have caught on, but without a great input method, these types of devices are destined to fail.
  • "It wasn't a great product. It was mediocre at best,"
    How many times have you used/worn HoloLens 1 and 2?
  • Did they have a revolutionary input method or was it the same crap all the rest have? They are all bad.
  • It wasn't available to the public except in a several thousand dollar dev kit (V1 not at all). So very few people have been so blessed by MS reps to wear this holy AR crown. If that's your metric on who should be able to comment on this, you should have closed the article for comments. The use of this AR tech, its capabilities and applications, have been wildly exaggerated by MS and aggregation mills. At least this time they know they have a Kinect situation on their hand.
  • Mediocre in a consumer context or just generally?
  • In general. The input methods just aren’t good and the hardware is bulky. There needs to be some big breakthroughs before these become common.
  • I under The frustration but Hololens anyway din’t seem to have any future in consumer market. Who was goong to walk around with that big glasses? I loved the idea but still, think about it. Infact I am still not sure entirely the future of AR glasses? Other than watching netflix, what else use can you think of? May be notifications, but i dont know how many folks will want to keep gasses just for that? Especially who doesn’t have subscription glasses?
  • Well that's the assumption that if there will be no progress with AR hardware technology. Currently HoloLens is indeed bulky, but it is still a bleeding edge tech and we still haven't got to miniaturisation of that wave guide tech for AR display, or at least alternative to that tech that allows higher FoV and smaller and more efficient tech. For compute, well I think that is already solvable, smart watch. Which is currently has a spec that is comparable to ones from 2013 smartphones.we just need more efficient SoC and batter battery density. If not we can just use smartphone for compute and wirelessly stream to it for the meantime, making AR glasses an accessory to smartphone. The use case is pretty much exploration at this point. One I can think of at least when it comes to productivity is a 3D workspace. 3D object manipulation and creation. AR conferencing. Field workers would make use of this as well. For everyday use, well maybe navigation wayfinders, notifications and apps, communication and social. Well gaming as well but that's obvious. More specific than that will depends on the developers. As much like it was on early smartphone days that most people think only with email, IMs, calendars, media and basic internet browsing. Now we got so many things we can do with smartphone. Its hard to imagine how we can use this due to no product yet for consumers and very limited apps for it. The fact that current AR device like HoloLens is bulky, nobody will wear it outside casual. The key here is to make that hardware more like a normal glasses.
  • Reminds me of how Gates felt after giving up on windows phone. This feels like Deja'vu all over again but under different leadership. I always thought AR would take over phones and this kind of proves that theory.
  • Absolute and utter disgust. Bean counters are well and truly reigning supreme.
  • I don't really understand how one can blame Microsoft here when no one l, especially the consumer is even sure of what they want.
    Google was the first to try AR with the Google Glass, and that failed. There were all sorts of AR powered phones that came out, and none of them took off.
    Google came out a VR platform for mobile called Cardboard, Then daydream, and then scrapped all of that, I had a VR headset that was compatible with that... now it's useless.
    The only segment actually pushing this IS business and enterprise. The HP reverb G2, which is still the best headset for the money, for both WMR and VR, exists because it was made for businesses. Every new VR headset that's being released now, caters to business and it's outright ignoring the consumer market.
    The ONLY consumer device I can point to that's remotely successful is Oculus Quest 2, but it's limited, forces me to have a Meta account, and the link feature to let me connect it to PC is broken because Meta STILL hasn't updated it for Windows 11. So looking at that... what more is MS supposed to do?
  • The future they said it was. LOL
  • Developers know that programming languages are tools depending on what needs to be built. Languages that are meant to solve all problems do not exist. This concept also applies to platforms. Trying to fit Windows under the umbrella to solve all challenges is hindering their innovation and time has told us that it doesn't work. This adds another example. In hindsight, this report is funny because Daniel mentioned that AR for Microsoft will be huge because they are the only ones who sold it. That didn't turn out to be a guarantee at all or an indication of success. Even before the Military contract, Hololens 2 didn't solve any problems. Mars explorer or construction site permissions were weak use of AR.
  • You do understand the difference between a programming language and an operating system, right?
  • I would argue that running anything on Windows (or any other backend OS) isn't the future. At work I have a CAD Lab with 5 laser cutters and PC's that run AutoCAD. This is all they are used for. How much memory and processing power is being wasted on background tasks that have no bearing on what the user actually wants to do. Long have I dreamed of a single-use workstation that just runs one particular app but has open source drivers so plugins can be adapted to them (ie the laser drivers) to speed up my day. Alternatively an OS that lets the user select what to load before startup. If I just need AutoCAD let Windows just load everything it needs just for that one task. This again would speed things up immensely.
  • Interesting idea indeed.
  • Well, this plainly sucks!!
    Even thou Hololens will not be used by consumers, Microsoft will still make lots of money in the fact that private companies will use it for a vast array of things like engineering, architecture design, accurate medical advances, surgeries, even autocar makers could use it in the comfort of their home. Ohh well, we'll see where it goes. To bad for most! 🤷🏻‍♂️