Major Microsoft layoffs may just have killed off the HoloLens. Tons of cutbacks by the tech company do not spell out a really good future for Microsoft XR.
Major Microsoft Layoffs May Just Have Killed Off the HoloLens
Just recently Microsoft confirmed that it would be cutting off around 5% of its workforce all over the world, thus leading to approximately 11,000 departures across the firm.
It was not known at the time which of the workers and departments would be affected the most, but the internet as you should expect had had a lot of time, the entire weekend to be precise to unravel the situation and most ex-employees have now exposed detail on the development.
Microsoft’s Extended Reality (XR) Operations hit The Most by the Layoffs
Amongst the most notable cuts by the company appears to be Microsoft’s extended reality (XR) operations, major scaling back of closing down a couple of projects, and possibly inclusive of its famous Hololens headset.
AltSapceVR which was purchased by the firm back in 2017 is one of the worst impacted by the cuts in question, with the department and arm set to be closed down in March 2023.
Several reports claim that the metaverse efforts of Microsoft may continue to live on in its Mesh project, but that all however remains to be confirmed.
MRTK Has Also Been Axed
MRTK, an open-source project also has been axed which could have major implications for the future of HoloLens. Its open-source nature however lead many people to believe that it may be able to live on in a kind of reduced format.
This news joins recent reports that the united states congress has recently denied a hefty $400 million spend on the Microsoft build Army-destined ‘IVAS’ Hololens headset although the army in its part is still set to spend a newly-approved $40 million budget on an upgraded version of the headset following up with complaints about the previous versions from soldiers.
What the Shutdown of Various XR Operations Signify
And while the partnership continues to build, a bigger picture painted by the shutdown of various XR operations may spell the future of tech such as augmented reality for Microsoft which at the moment is looking a tad bit concerning.