Layoffs at Microsoft will affect HoloLens AR headset developers
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Layoffs at Microsoft will affect HoloLens AR headset developers

Microsoft has confirmed its intention to cut 10,000 employees. As it turned out, they were employees of the company’s gaming division, as well as members of the team responsible for developing the HoloLens augmented reality headset.

    Image source: microsoft.com

Image source: microsoft.com

The company said the series of cuts would run through the end of March, and CEO Satya Nadella clarified that it would cost the company $1.2 billion, which would be used to pay severance payments, consolidate rental costs and realign the product mix. In the latter case, one of the issues is to reduce the staff of the HoloLens headset development unit – Microsoft has already started to lay off members of this team, the authority said. Bloomberg citing their own sources.

Times are tough for the HoloLens division: Microsoft was recently denied a $400 million contract to supply 6,900 military versions of the headset. As it turned out, the devices cause extremely unpleasant symptoms in the military, including dizziness, headaches, eye pain and nausea. The company does not provide financial data for HoloLens, but last spring the division lost its independence and was incorporated into the Surface department, after which it was divided into software and hardware developers.

Other awkward moments included the resignation of HoloLens division head Alex Kipman, who was accused of misconduct towards subordinates, and staff migration to other companies that had clearer strategies and could offer higher salaries. However, Microsoft has not yet indicated any concrete intentions towards the Metaverse, and so far only one thing is clear: the HoloLens project will take up even less space in the company.

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