Over the weekend, word filtered out that Microsoft has changed course with its plans for HoloLens. Originally, according to the reports, Microsoft was set to release a “version 2” of the mixed reality headset sometime in the next year. Those plans have apparently changed, and now Microsoft is expected to go straight to “version 3.”
Micrsosoft’s partners are expected to release the first Windows Holographic VR headsets this year, and while we may not see a new HoloLens version until 2019, we should see plenty of Windows Holographic devices, using the same basic technology, and importantly the same app platform, as the HoloLens.
Of course Microsoft’s competitors aren’t standing still, and although it’s the current fashion to discredit Magic Leap, or Apple’s plans, 2 years is a long time to wait for technology, even really cool technology.
So is Microsoft making the right moves with HoloLens and Windows Holographic, or are they making more missteps, once again allowing competitors to leapfrog their initial gains?