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HoloLens 2.0 could be delayed by Windows Core OS

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Microsoft’s HoloLens 2.0, the update to its original HoloLens augmented reality headset, might be delayed due to the slow development of Windows Core OS, Microsoft’s next generation operating system.

The news follows reports that the Surface Hub 2, Microsoft’s smart whiteboard, has also been delayed until 2020 due to development of Windows Core OS being slower than anticipated.

According to Zac Bowden from Windows Central (opens in new tab), HoloLens 2.0 will be running Windows Core OS, and “Windows Core OS for HoloLens 2 is further behind than it is on Surface Hub 2.”

Long wait

The original HoloLens has been out for a long time now, so a new (hopefully cheaper) version is overdue, but it now looks like we won’t see it before 2020.

Windows Core OS is a version of Windows 10 intended to run on a variety of different devices, with a modular nature that means it can come with (or without) features specific to the device it’s running on.

The idea is to create a much lighter and faster Windows operating system, and the OS is expected to appear on Microsoft’s long-rumored Andromeda smartphone.

However, it seems that Microsoft is finding the process of developing the ambitious modular operating system difficult, which is having a knock-on effect of delaying some of the company’s most interesting and innovative products. Let’s hope the development of Windows Core OS speeds up soon.

Via MSPowerUser (opens in new tab)

Matt Hanson
Managing Editor, Computing and Entertainment

Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.