Microsoft’s efforts to keep the company lean and focused has resulted in several high-profile layoffs and repositioning of staff. The slimming down of Microsoft continues as news of 60 employees from the HoloLens team are reported to have been laid off or reassigned recently.
According to a tipster over at Windows Central, 60 employees who worked on Microsoft’s new augmented reality project, HoloLens, have been let go from the team. Of the 60 employees originating from Israel, it appears 30 contract positions have been dissolved, and another 30 full-time employees have been given some time to find work in other departments within Microsoft.
The job cuts seem to be part of a directional shift in HoloLens development as other sources are reporting that Microsoft is looking to produce HoloLens in the US with ‘different technology’. Unfortunately, there is no real news as to what ‘different technology’ Microsoft is seeking to implement in HoloLens. There have been reports that developers and engineers within Microsoft’s famed research department have been experimenting with Leap Motion (US Based) technology to widen the Field of View (FOV) of HoloLens.
As Microsoft sprints towards it early 2016 deadline for HoloLens deployment to developers, it will be interesting to see how this new wrinkle plays out with scheduling.
Over the past few months, Microsoft has tightened the reigns on contract employment by laying off several positions and teams that do not hold full-time status with the company. Historically, Microsoft delegated a significant portion of its development, testing and deployment efforts to employees with contract status. With Microsoft being one of the largest software providers around, its previous contract efforts resulted in thousands of short and long-term contract employees adding to the company’s bottom line, a bottom line Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will continue to keep a close eye on.Further reading: employement, HoloLens, Microsoft