First-gen HoloLens to No Longer Receive Major OS Updates

reported by Scott Hayden,

Microsoft’s first-gen HoloLens, a device initially launched to developers in early 2016, has received its last major OS update, moving on to its Long Term Servicing (LTS) state.

The original HoloLens will continue to receive monthly servicing updates, although the company hasn’t detailed how long these will last.

At this point, if you’re looking for a growing feature set, the company’s upcoming $3,500 HoloLens 2 is your best bet, although it’s admittedly only available for pre-order at this time.

Microsoft recently confirmed the move in the release notes detailing the May 2019 update, issuing the statement below:

HoloLens (1st gen) is entering Long Term Servicing (LTS) state. Future updates will focus on issue and security fixes, while maintaining feature parity with the Windows 10 October 2018 release for HoloLens (also known as RS5).

HoloLens 2 is a More Than Just a Larger Field of View

Windows 10 October 2018 release brought a number of new features to HoloLens, including a quick actions menu, start/stop video capture, casting to Miracast-enabled devices, and a few more quality of life updates.

There’s still no broader launch date for its predecessor, HoloLens 2, although now with initial OpenXR support, it appears the new headset will be one of the first out the door to feature the new API, which boasts greater interoperability between VR and AR hardware, game engines, and content.

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