Microsoft Fires 60 Engineers Working On HoloLens, Might Make Changes To It
Microsoft has gone ahead and fired as many as 60 engineers working at their Microsoft Israel development division, according to Israeli news site, Ynet. As such it may be making massive changes to the development of HoloLens behind the scenes since the team at their Israel branch were acquired 6 years ago, and have spent the past 2 and a half years working on HoloLens. According to the Microsoft Israel branch, there were some decisions made that would impact the number of jobs, although the Hololens project was not mentioned specifically.
Apparently the project change was sudden and unexpected, with around half of the engineers given one month to find placement within Microsoft, so they are not out of a job, but who knows about relocation and family strains–a month to deal with this kind of upheaval is not easy. Even so, it’s not as bad as the other half of workers are contract staff–they will not be given any quarter, and were fired effective immediately. The plan is to still move forward with the HoloLens, but it will be based on entirely new technology developed in the US. It’s not clear whether this change will impact the entire HoloLens project, or if it is just an aspect of it, but either way the SDK of the headset is till due out next year for $3000.