Hololens and Microsoft

A very odd thing happened yesterday. I met a few of my friends after work where I casually walked in a brief moment after small talk I started to get bombarded with questions. Suddenly all of them started  asking me in disbelief and excitedly  “Is HoloLens a real thing” . Expressions like “if it does 1% of what they claim its amazing”  showed the excitement this was stirring. Having worked at Microsoft 7 years at Microsoft these were questions that the seasone microsoftie will agree, are quite foreign in nature..


I’ve seen an era in the past where Microsoft had put out incremental products year over year. Simply improving them slightly and trying to fill in the feature gaps between its competitors. The question of “why Microsoft” became increasingly difficult to answer. I could say “because it’s more beautiful” or “because you’ll have better market share”. These were responses that never made me content.


Now, I see in front of me a Microsoft that’s not tied to the grips of a keyboard and mouse. A Microsoft that no longer wishes it were the 90’s. Today is a day were Microsoft has broken past is legacy idea’s and has decided to move in a direction where it is bold enough to take part in the shaping of our future.


Imagine, rearranging your apartments furniture simply by moving your holographic furniture pieces around. Imagine, Taking apart or collaborating with friends in new projects that in the past you possibly couldn’t do. All this, coming at a moment when google glass was put to sleep is critical. The fact is , I really didn’t enjoy glass as a mainstream product however I still loved the utilitarian potential of glass.


As a paraglider pilot the first thing I wanted to see was someone building a vario application with glass. I imagined, I could find the best thermals without ever looking down this ways. However, Google chose to make it a mainstream product which in my opinion was the biggest mistake. People aren’t accustomed to inherent drastic changes like these and the difficulties to making paradigm shifts in what’s accepted technology.


The possibilities with Holo seem vast even with 10% of the promised final product becoming a reality. We really need an open API and an intuitive SDK that will make this as far reaching as it should . I’m confident that Microsoft has realized the importance of this and that’s why it’s coupling the API’s to windows 10.


It’s flattering to see the craziness in the labs of MSR finally getting to hit the street. I’m humbled by the progress and the vision this company has.