A cloud has hovered over the HoloLens division for some time, as reports of issues within the team circulated and a hoped-for follow-up to the increasingly long-in-the-tooth HoloLens 2 conspicuously failed to make an appearance during Microsoft’s Build event in May.
Kipman was also recently the target of a Business Insider report alleging he was part of a culture of inappropriate behavior at the company. We have asked Microsoft for comment on the allegations.
Microsoft is now splitting its HoloLens mixed reality group and the HoloLens boss will be leaving the company during the reorganization “to pursue other interests.” The HoloLens hardware has been moved into the Windows and Devices group. The mixed reality presence and collaboration group is to be shifted under the Teams umbrella.
In order to accelerate business growth, build leadership capability and to further align Microsoft’s work on the Metaverse going forward, Microsoft made the following organizational changes: