Microsoft blocks Windows 10 feature updates on HoloLens devices

by Radu Tyrsina
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Major Windows 10 updates blocked for original HoloLens devices

Microsoft has officially stopped releasing major updates to first generation HoloLens devices. These devices will only receive security updates and important hotfixes in the future.

If Microsoft goes ahead with the plan, your device will no longer receive new features. You must be thinking Microsoft is cutting off an important service but it’s not true.

HoloLens 1 was originally released for developers.

The release notes describe Microsoft’s approach to future updates.

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).

It was meant for game developers to build new technologies in this domain. So, Windows updates are not needed in that case.

Anyone who is looking for new features should definitely go for a HoloLens 2 device. Alternatively, you can also try this HoloLens 2 emulator.

Microsoft’s decision didn’t match the intention of thousands of customers. If we look at the statistics, more than 50,000 people already spent $3500 to get HoloLens 1. They expected Microsoft to support the device for at least a few more years.

Unfortunately, HoloLens users cannot take advantage of the Mixed Reality updates released as a part of Windows 10 v1903.


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