Microsoft’s Mixed Up Messaging on Mixed Reality

Microsoft's Mixed Up Messaging on Mixed Reality

So Microsoft is freeing the Windows Holographic shell from its HoloLens shackles and will make it available on mainstream PCs. But I'm still not sold on augmented reality, or mixed reality, or whatever they're calling it this week. And part of the problem is Microsoft's mixed up messaging.

HoloLens has always been a controversial topic for me, for a variety of reasons. The most obvious is that Microsoft continues to lie about the capabilities of this technology, and continues to release science fiction demonstrations that exaggerate its capabilities, most specifically by pretending that its very limited field of view (FOV) does not exist. It has done so consistently since the very first demo, up to an including a video that Microsoft literally just released yesterday. Which never once shows the actual FOV.

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