而负责Microsoft Mesh混合现实平台等产品的软件小组将会加入Jeff Teper手下的Experiences+Devices部门。
首先是Grace Hwang、Ruben Caballero、Scott Evans、Ashraf Michail、David Marra和他们领导的混合现实硬件团队将加入Windows+设备组织。
然后是由Carlos Aguilar、Miguel Susffalich、Nikhil Subramanian领导的团队。他们将并入Jeff Teper领导的Experiences+Devices部门。
HoloLens，乃至微软整个MR团队何去何从，还真不好说。Scott Guthrie, head of Microsoft Cloud and AI, who received Kipman’s resignation, said he would reschedule the project, according to people familiar with the matter.
It means that Kipman will not leave for the time being until the team changes and the job transition is completed.
Show yourself “Welfare” live to everyone.
I have to say, the fact that Kipman uses VR to watch “porn” in the office is a real uproar.
The most important thing is that the whole process was “live” to the team members present, including female employees.
Now, let’s go back to that night and see how Kipman collapsed.
It was 8 o’clock one night, and six members of the MR team were working overtime for the prototype debug of VR glasses. The editor always feels a little uncomfortable when he sees the words “8 o’clock” and “overtime” come together. )
At that time, the head of the project, Kipman, was in the office waiting for the results to be accepted.
When it comes to Kipman, we have to mention the dress with great personality.
For example, the iconic shoulder-length hair and undulating stubble look like both the lead singer of a rock band and the technical director.
Back to the point, after the engineers finally took care of it, Kipman brought the VR glasses into the studio’s own windowless cabin.
But he may have forgotten that the contents of the VR glasses are mirrored on the big screen in the office.
It means that everyone outside the cabin will see what Kipman has chosen for his virtual reality experience.
After he clicked the play button, the whole studio was full of “vitality”.
In that picture, several young women in miniskirts were playing on the bed, followed by a lively pillow fight.
This unfolding really took everyone present by surprise.
Afterwards, an employee present at the time said in an interview, “this is VR porn.”
Of course, the Kipman porn incident is just one example of tens of thousands of leadership misconduct.
Other things like Kipman’s sexual harassment and verbal violence have never been eradicated at Microsoft.
Microsoft declined to comment on Kipman.
“We will investigate all reports one by one,” the spokesman said. We will take corresponding measures to solve all the confirmed situations. ”
“our penalties include dismissal, demotion, deduction of wages or bonuses, official criticism, compulsory training, etc., or a combination of the above.”
It sounds like an official…
Another former colleague of Kipman also said that they had all seen Kipman misbehave to female employees.
“once, Kipman rubbed the shoulder of another female colleague. She kept shrugging her shoulders, trying to get him to stop, and it was obvious that she was uncomfortable. But Kipman just keeps rubbing. ”
Microsoft management has also warned female employees not to be alone with Kipman, according to employees. Even in recent months, two “escorts” who seem to be from the human resources department will attend meetings with Kipman.
With regard to these things, Microsoft only denied that anyone in the HR department was “accompanying” Kipman, and the others were “not commenting.”
Is the MR team going to be disbanded?
However, as far as technology is concerned, Kipman is very talented and enthusiastic.
At the age of seven or eight, Kipman learned how to program for Atari 2600. And he, who dreams of going to study in the United States, has almost applied to universities with the word “IT” after his name.
Later, Kipman went to the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he graduated with a degree in software engineering in 2001 and joined Microsoft in the same year.
Throughout his career, he has applied for hundreds of patents for technologies such as Hololens and Xbox Kinect.
The style of youth is completely different.
Interestingly, Kipman’s original work was to develop Windows Vista–, an operating system that turned out to be completely unpopular.
From the perspective of metaphysics, maybe Hololens’s lukewarm and Kipman’s luck have something to do with it.
Just after BusinessInsider broke the news of Kipman’s resignation, Guthrie sent an email explaining what was going on.
“over the past few months, Kipman and I have talked a lot about the future of the team,” Guthrie said in an email. We all feel that now is the best time if Kipman is going to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. ”
“I am very grateful to Kipman for the vision he has brought to Microsoft over the years, and for all he has done to lay out meta-universe for Microsoft.”
“Kipman will work with the team to complete the transition in the next two months, and then leave.”
Singing in the current popular tunes, this is actually “listen to me ~ Thank you ~ you should have left ~”
The team change that Guthrie refers to is that the hardware team currently in charge of mixed reality will join the Windows+Devices department led by Panos Panay.
The software team responsible for products such as Microsoft Mesh’s mixed reality platform will join Jeff Teper’s Experiences+Devices division.
Kipman himself did not comment.
However, combined with what happened a while ago, we have to put a big question mark on whether the change in team organization is the real reason for Kipman’s departure.
Of course, regardless of whether it is true that the team left Microsoft because of the Kipman adjustment mentioned in the Scott Guthrie email, the HoloLens team overhaul did not run away.
Microsoft’s MR (mixed reality) team mainly provides all kinds of AR and VR products and solutions, including HoloLens, IVAS and so on, as well as Microsoft Mesh services.
These are the key components of Microsoft’s layout of meta-universe.
Guthrie said Microsoft has made great progress in MR and reached two critical milestones in May.
One is an order for the U.S. Army’s Integrated Visual Enhancement system (IVAS). Microsoft said the deal is expected to generate $22 billion in revenue within 10 years.
The high-profile Pentagon contract, which added luster to HoloLens’s image, lagged far behind expectations and was plagued by quality and performance problems.
The Pentagon Test Office report also shows that Microsoft’s system “has not yet demonstrated its ability to act as a combat MR eyepiece.”
Field test photos of IVAS prototype machine in autumn 2021
The other is a partnership with Accenture to build an immersive meeting experience using Microsoft’s new SDK.
Now, the Microsoft MR team has also reached the stage of organizational restructuring.
There is only one goal, and that is to enable Microsoft to continue to accelerate the development of meta-universe in the next fiscal year.
The main direction of adjustment is divided into hardware and software:
First, Grace Hwang, Ruben Caballero, Scott Evans, Ashraf Michail, David Marra and their mixed reality hardware team will join the Windows+ device organization.
This includes HoloLens, previously led by Kipman, as well as the IVAS project.
Then came the team led by Carlos Aguilar, Miguel Susffalich, and Nikhil Subramanian. They will be incorporated into the Experiences+Devices department led by Jeff Teper.
They are mainly responsible for software, as well as service content.
The ill-fated HoloLens
On February 3rd of this year, a long article on Insider said that Microsoft had killed HoloLens 3, a subsidiary of the MR project.
And there is no shortage of people familiar with the matter, which heralds the end of Microsoft’s mixed reality (MR) Touxian project.
However, Microsoft spokesman Frank Shaw immediately denied that the HoloLens project was dead.
At the time, Kipman, HoloLens’s project leader, said on Twitter, “Don’t trust the news you read on the Internet. Someone else said that Hololens 2 had also been cancelled.”
At a staff meeting before COVID-19 broke out, Chris Cabosella, Microsoft’s chief marketing officer, said that HoloLens is a good gadget for promoting videos, but it is not that important to Microsoft’s business.
A few years later, the technology industry saw huge business opportunities for users to immerse themselves in digital augmented reality and virtual worlds.
But although Microsoft’s HoloLens business started early, it doesn’t look like an investment that pays off from the start, but more like a mess of engineers and visions that are exploring directions.
In February, according to Insider, three insiders said Microsoft had cancelled plans for HoloLens 3 in recent months.
One person expects this to be the end of the project, at least for the well-known HoloLens series.
In addition, Microsoft agreed to work with Samsung to develop a new hybrid reality device, which also sparked divisions within the team.
When Microsoft’s HoloLens device was publicly unveiled in 2015, it was sought after and feared by people.
Through the glasses, the wearer can see digital information superimposed on their view of the physical world, for example, showing a manual that a technician can glimpse while repairing electrical appliances.
Unlike Google, which moved into industry after a fiasco in its attempt to reach the consumer market, Microsoft positioned HoloLens as an enterprise product from the start.
However, one former employee estimates that HoloLens has sold between 40, 000 and 60, 000 devices since its launch in 2016. Even at HoloLens’s current price of more than $3500, that makes the business negligible among Microsoft’s $168 billion in annual revenue.
It’s hard to say where HoloLens, or even Microsoft’s entire MR team, will go.