back to article Microsoft remembers it was going to bring Windows 11 to HoloLens

News in recent months about Microsoft's mixed reality business has itself been mixed. First were reports of Congress pumping the brakes on a $22 million Pentagon contract for custom HoloLens headsets and layoffs hitting the equipment's team, including shuttering its AltspaceVR social platform. That was followed by a statement …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge
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    "increased engineering velocity"

    Oh, so you're putting your engineers in catapults, then ?

    WTF ? Is there any domain whatsoever where PR bullshit cannot go ?

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: "increased engineering velocity"

      I was wondering what the units were, and the direction, given that velocity is a vector.

      I suppose Microsoft's engineers are cringing at this; occasionally one has to feel sorry for them.

  2. navarac Bronze badge


    >> IT admins can use Windows Update for Business and mobile device management policy to update fleets of HoloLens devices.<<

    Fleets of Hololens? A bit optimistic!

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    Bad sell.

    "...allowing developers to use a familiar API when building apps for that immersive 3D environment."

    You can sell it as if it's "familiar", Microsoft surely does, but:

    A. Even if you know WinAPI, the "Mixed Reality" API is unique and has to be learned, so how familiar is it really?

    B. I'm not Windows programmer.

    Realistically, programming for a device like this with Microsoft software isn't a good look. If the Windows phone API couldn't stay alive, how successful can this ever be? This is a product where Microsoft should take their own Linux distro for a drive.

  4. Sparkus

    Interesting that Hololens.......

    meets the silly hardware requirements for Windows 11

  5. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

    as well as other benefits of Microsoft support

    .. like:

    Endless waiting on the phone,

    Trying to explain to someone that, no, trying to do it the MCSE way will actually destroy your data,

    Getting an answer that, while being technically correct, doesn't actually fix the problem,

    Finally, when you sort the problem yourself, endless follow-on 'how did we do' emails.

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