Metaverse and other rival companies are starting to lure away Microsoft's HoloLens team

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Key notes

  • A lot of the members from Microsoft’s HoloLens teams seem to be leaving camp moving to rival companies.
  • Meta seems to be the new camp owing to its augmented reality.
  • Microsoft is yet to comment on the loss but it is not the only company losing to Meta.
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When Facebook announced its change of name to Meta, it meant that the company would be expanding and concentrating more on augmented reality.

Now, the change seems to be poaching top Microsoft employees. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the technology doesn’t appear to be gaining much traction in the consumer space hence the large number of employees switching camps. 

Meta recently changed its name and expanded meaning it would need more employees. Microsoft has about 1500 people and the team appears to be dwindling by the day.

Loss of employees

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, which cites “people familiar with the matter,” Microsoft has lost a number of employees to both Apple and startup Meta. 

Microsoft declined to comment on the report, while Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It is a sad state of affairs as the team was dedicated to augmented reality and although it was heavily invested, it seems Meta has better perks hence the ability to poach top employees.

The company is however bound to recover as that is a normal part of the tech industry and will continue to advance cutting-edge technology.

Microsoft is a tech giant in its own right so it will be interesting to see the steps it will take to try and recover.

The launch of the HoloLens 2 MR Headset was a great start so if they keep the same energy, they can slowly get back up.

Do you think Microsoft’s HoloLens stands a chance at growing with the recently poached employees? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.