Developers to Receive Microsoft HoloLens “Within the Next Year” Says CEO

The Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality (MR) head-mounted display (HMD) that has garnered a lot of press for the company over the last few months, hasn’t had any definitive launch plans revealed. But now Microsoft have stated that it expects the HMD to be with developers and enterprise users within the next year.

In a recent interview with the BBC, CEO Satya Nadella has revealed that the first version of the HMD will come out “within the next year.” But as Nadella has previously said the device won’t be aimed at the gaming industry first: “In the first version, it’s going to be more about developers and enterprise scenarios. In general Microsoft’s approach will be always this dual-use focus, or this multi-focus. What we can uniquely do is bridge consumer to enterprise.”

Microsoft HoloLens - E3 2015

Nadella also said that the HoloLens has been: “a five year journey” that will bring Microsoft’s version of mixed reality to industries like medicine first before consumers can experience a holographic Minecraft, “We will have developer versions of it first and then it will be more commercial use cases and it will evolve,” he added.

So Minecraft fans and the rest of the general public will have to be patient before getting their hands on a HoloLens device, and VRFocus will continue to report on the latest announcements regarding HoloLens as it develops.