Microsoft HoloLens release date: Device expected within a year; will release first to developers and enterprise customers


Good news for those who want to get their hands on Microsoft HoloLens. The device will already be available within the next 12 months.

The catch is, the first version will only be available to developers and enterprise customers.  The Microsoft CEO said that the company is working towards releasing the product for gaming and commercial usage later.

“We will have developer versions of it first and then it will be more commercial use cases and it will evolve,”CEO Satya Nadella said in an interview with the BBC.

“I want us to push a lot more of the enterprise usage … In general Microsoft’s approach will be always this dual-use focus, or this multi-focus. What we can uniquely do is bridge consumer to enterprise. That’s in our DNA,” he explained.

HoloLens empowers the users through holographic computing as they can directly manipulate graphs, images and other digital media via the use of hologram projections. It will be powered by Windows’ latest operating system Windows 10. The hardware also features sensor fusion, advanced optics and custom holographic processing unit (HPU). 

The device, which was exhibited at the recently held E3 Conference showcased the features of the headset. It was even used for demos of games such as Minecraft and Halo 5: Guardians.

According to the official website, the device “contains more computing power than the average laptop, and can be passively cooled without fans. With no wires, external cameras, or phone or PC connection required, you can move freely and untethered.”

A report by Digital Trends indicated that engineers may still be working to improve the design by making it less bulky and cumbersome.