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Microsoft's HoloLens 3 Reportedly Cancelled

Accepted submission by takyon at 2022-02-03 12:54:33 from the with-your-finger dept.
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HoloLens 3 isn't happening and metaverse tie-in strategy is unclear, says report [windowscentral.com]

Microsoft has done a lot with HoloLens and its successor, HoloLens 2, in the time both products have been available to the public. However, even with the line's accomplishments, a HoloLens 3 may not be in the cards.

According to a report by Business Insider [businessinsider.com], HoloLens 3 has been scrapped by Microsoft and the HoloLens team is trapped in a state of perpetual confusion and uncertainty over what the long-term goals of existing plans are. As a result, teammates are leaving Microsoft to pursue augmented reality positions at rival companies such as Meta, a development that was documented [windowscentral.com] before this report.

Some of the HoloLens team believe the focus should remain on hardware innovation efforts, like has been seen with the U.S. Army's IVAS contract, which holds the potential to net Microsoft up to $22 billion in exchange for its delivery of soldier-attuned HoloLens variants. That project has been delayed [windowscentral.com], reportedly because Microsoft has been thus far unable to produce a combat-ready device.

Also at PCWorld [pcworld.com] and Engadget [engadget.com].

See also: Microsoft's HoloLens 3 's--t show' proves it still doesn't understand the consumer market [windowscentral.com]

Previously: U.S. Army Awards Microsoft a $480 Million HoloLens Contract [soylentnews.org]
Microsoft Announces $3,500 HoloLens 2 With Wider Field of View and Other Improvements [soylentnews.org]
Microsoft Misrepresented HoloLens 2 Field of View, Faces Backlash for Military Contract [soylentnews.org]
U.S. Army Shows Off Demo of HoloLens 2 System [soylentnews.org]


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