What you need to know

  • HoloLens 1 will no longer receive major Windows 10 OS releases.
  • The device is now supported by Long-Term Servicing.

Microsoft has confirmed that the first-generation HoloLens headset will no longer receive major OS updates, with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update being the last for the holographic computer. The first generation HoloLens is now in a Long Term Service (LTS) state, meaning Microsoft will continue to support it with security and quality updates for 10 years.

So while the HoloLens will continue to receive monthly patches, the device will no longer receive any Mixed Reality or OS specific features found in newer Windows 10 releases such as the May 2019 Update and beyond. While this may sound like bad news, the majority of HoloLens 1 customers are already using the device to their needs, and likely aren't depending on major OS updates to continue using the device.

As mentioned in the release notes:

HoloLens (1st gen) is entering Long Term Servicing (LTS) state. Future updates will focus on issue and security fixes, while maintaining feature parity with the Windows 10 October 2018 release for HoloLens (also known as RS5).

If customers want to continue receiving major OS updates, they'll have to splash out for the HoloLens 2, which is expected to ship with the 19H2 release later this year. What are your thoughts on this change in servicing for the original HoloLens? Let us know in the comments.

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Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love

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VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.

Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

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