back to article Microsoft unveils HoloLens 2: Pitches AR goggles at suits

With mixed reality in danger or becoming the cold fusion of technology hypes (i.e. it never arrives), Microsoft has reminded everyone it has built up a significant body of practical know-how at MWC this week. There's a new headset – HoloLens 2 – which is lighter and more powerful than the first generation, introduced three …

  1. Zog_but_not_the_first Silver badge
    Boffin

    How do you know...

    When you've taken them off?

    1. LDS Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: How do you know...

      The headache goes away?

      1. Nolveys Silver badge
        Holmes

        Re: How do you know...

        Your coworkers stop laughing?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    using HoloLens for "capturing wisdom"

    2nd Live v 2.0 ahoy!

    This time, revolutionary, breathrough applications, such as NHS virtual appointments with your virtual GP who's gonna "send" you directions to the nearest ASDA / tesco pharmacy desk where you'll be able to get even more specialist health advice and purchase your favourite bottle of calpol for pneumonia / leg operation / cancer treatment / erecticle disfunction / whatever you got but we can't be fucked to test - all from the comfort of your own chair. Buy hololens NOW and get 15% OFF the introductory price*

    * offer valid upon completion of fully anonymised health and general well-being survey

  3. Cuddles Silver badge

    Not really fair

    "With mixed reality in danger or becoming the cold fusion of technology hypes (i.e. it never arrives)"

    Cold fusion is just a scam that never had any evidence to support its existence. It would make more sense to compare augmented reality with regular hot fusion - it's certainly a real thing, just frequently overhyped and overpromised and questionable whether we'll ever get it in a useful form for anything other than very niche uses.

    1. TechnicalBen Silver badge
      Mushroom

      Re: Not really fair

      Oh, we can do hot fusion easily. Using it for safe power generation... that's different.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sources close to the product tell me that all it shows is a blue screen.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Maybe those sources should remove the protective plastic...

  5. Tom Paine Silver badge
    Black Helicopters

    Creepy

    Is it just me, or...

    Developers will be able to create their own app stores alongside the Microsoft App Store "as first class citizens", Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman enthused.

    Does that sound ever so slightly sinister to anyone else?

    1. Korev Silver badge
      Big Brother

      Re: Creepy

      Would it be too cynical to suggest that you'd need to buy a rather expensive SDK/whatever to get to "First Class Citizen status"? Certainly the MS of old would; hopefully the "new" one wouldn't be quite that bad.

      As you were citizen... -->

    2. Colin Ritman
      Stop

      Re: Creepy

      No of course not. Did you not read the memo? Microsoft hololens is perfectly fine, Google Glass is absolutely not.

      Go back and reread the script.

    3. LDS Silver badge

      Re: Creepy

      Maybe MS simply understood many commercial applications will never be delivered through its store, so they're attempting to make the store system more acceptable allowing other companies to run their stores alongside the MS one? It will be interesting to see the details - how that works, and how much MS asks in return. Maybe with the excuse they don't have to run the infrastructure/billing system it will be a tiny percentage - or just an annual fee.

  6. johnnyblaze

    It's dead Jim - but not as Microsoft know it.

  7. Tempest8008

    We're developing Hololens Apps

    My company is developing some Hololens apps.

    I can say with definite authority that we would NOT want our software on the regular Microsoft Store; our apps won't be for the general public.

    If the only way they're going to allow people to download and install apps on the Hololens is via some kind of authorized "Store" setup, we're going to need our own to deliver our product, so that part at least makes sense.

    Of course, now we need to think about Hololens 2. I hope the codebase isn't too different between models...

  8. Howard Hanek Bronze badge
    Happy

    Microsoft Hardware

    I'd hate to see them blemish their unequaled record.

  9. SVV Silver badge

    AR for suits

    So, the bastard offspring of Pokemon Go and Excel then.

    1. Phil Bennett

      Re: AR for suits

      Eve Online?

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