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We wrote a few days ago that Microsoft effectively admitted that Windows Core OS is delayed by delaying the release of the Surface Hub 2x till 2020 and shipping the Surface Hub 2s in 2019 running the less flashy existing OS.
At the time we speculated that the Surface Hub 2x was not the only device delayed by Microsoft’s slow development efforts, and today we have a report from Zac Bowden from the WC, who has been keeping a finger on the pulse of WCOS, that the HoloLens 2.0 will also be running on WCOS, and “that Windows Core OS for HoloLens 2 is further behind than it is on Surface Hub 2X“.
In the demo of the Surface Hub 2x at Ignite 2018 Microsoft showed off features such as a revamped lock screen which you can write upon, heavier drop shadows, two logged in users on the same desktop (reportedly left over from the Home Hub “family desktop” plans), changed to the Control Centre and reportedly plans for live wallpapers. WCOS is reportedly also currently unable to run Win32 apps, though this is still in the works.
Presumably, most of these features would not apply to HoloLens 2.0, which makes us think that the issues are at a more fundamental level than the shell, or that HoloLens is not being prioritized ahead of the higher margin and very successful Surface Hub.
As we mentioned in the last article, the Surface Hub 2 is likely not the only device affected by delays in Microsoft’s new device operating system, and besides the HoloLens 2.0 another long rumoured device would, of course, be the Andromeda-powered Surface Phone, who’s hardware seems to have been done since 2017 already.
Do our readers agree that Microsoft’s ambitions may exceed its software chops? Let us know below.