Earlier this week, a report from Business Intern detailed divisions within Microsoft’s HoloLens team and claims from insiders that the HoloLens 3 project (codenamed Calypso) had been cancelled.
In response, Alex Kipman, a “technical journeyman” at Microsoft and supervisor of the company’s Mixed Reality division, refuted the allegations on Twitter. A follow-up report Business Intern cited other insider sources supporting the original claim, with one going so far as to call Kipman’s claim “complete bullshit.”
the original Business Intern The report included information from more than 20 current and former Microsoft employees and described divisions within the HoloLens team on whether to seek hardware or software. The report claimed that Microsoft canceled HoloLens 3 in mid-2021 and that the company’s recent partnership with Samsung caused rifts and diverted resources from HoloLens.
Kipman responded to the report by writing on Twitter, “don’t believe what you read on the internet.” He claimed that HoloLens was “doing great” and pointed out that before Microsoft shipped HoloLens 2, reports claimed the company canceled the project.
don’t believe what you read on the internet. #HoloLens going great and if you search the internet they also said we canceled #HoloLens2…which I checked last time we successfully shipped[)-)[)-)[)-)[)-)
—Alex Kipman (@akipman) February 3, 2022
Business Intern followed by a new report (via Windows Central) which contradicts Kipman’s claims. A source with direct knowledge of the product roadmap said Business Intern that “Put plain words, Calypso has been cancelled.”
“Everyone who worked on it got split into other programs or left the company. Microsoft could take HoloLens 2 and put lipstick on a pig for another build,” the person said.
However, the cancellation is not necessarily bad news. According to Business Intern According to the report, Calypso was supposed to be a “fully self-contained computer,” but the cancellation allowed Microsoft to refocus, particularly on the Samsung partnership and a potential cloud-based mixed reality device.
The device built in partnership with Samsung, dubbed “Project Bondi”, is a set of displays in a headset and relies on a Samsung phone to act as a computer, unlike HoloLens devices. That would be more in line with the mixed reality and augmented reality headsets competitors are working on — for example, Apple’s long-talked-about virtual reality headset will likely rely on an iPhone.
Ultimately, the future of HoloLens remains uncertain. There doesn’t seem to be a HoloLens 3 on the horizon, and Microsoft’s future headset plans seem to be moving away from HoloLens models altogether. It’s possible the new headsets will use the HoloLens name, but I think that’s unlikely given the different base.
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Source: Business Insider Via: Windows Central, (2)