A great idea!
"You can pre-order a Hololens 2 for a market-busting $3,500 "
I can spend $3,500 on a piece of kit that will end up abandoned like the Hololens 1? What a fantastic idea!!
Microsoft will no longer improve the operating system for its Hololens headset, save for security fixes. The Windows giant updated its firmware earlier this month for the headset but in the notes accompanying the release noted that the "HoloLens (1st gen) is entering Long Term Servicing (LTS) state." In plain English that …
So like browsers, mobile platforms, music players etc. M$ are basically starting to pull out of the VR war when it is now a rather intense market place and leaping forward in tech capability.
They really are just about cloud and a data mining desktop OS now. Oh and Minecraft.
So they're basically saying that their current working but superceded product is going to be frozen with the current feature set? But they'll still provide security updates? And they have a replacement version with a better feature set?
That isn't abandoned or ophaned, that's a normal product life cycle. Abandoned is when it gets no updates at all and the whole concept and infrastructure is binned and this isn't that.
What exactly were people expecting to happen with v1.0 going forward?
"Long Term Servicing (LTS) state....In plain English that means it will no longer update the system to add new features i.e. it is effectively abandoning the kit."
LTS to my way of thinking is that it's the version which receives security updates over a log period of time as opposed to a a bleeding edge version that doesn't. Linux kernels and Linux distros are examples, some kernels and some Ubuntu releases get updates longer than others. It means they're the versions you use for production.
I think a HoloLens loyalist is probably much more interested in the HoloLens 2 and much less concerned about continued support of an outdated piece of hardware. The HoloLens 1 was an incredible piece of technology but then again so was the I-phone 1. It's only natural for Microsoft to shift their focus to future tech.