The original HoloLens will no longer receive major OS updates

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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