US military delayed Microsoft’s $ 22 billion HoloLens deal

The U.S. military has delayed the $ 22 billion deal on Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets, according to a report from Reuters and Windows Central. The HoloLens-based Integrated Visual Augmentation System (IVAS) deal has been delayed for one year, with the new date set for September 2022. The reason for the delay is attributed to the requirement for testing operational between July 2021 and May 2022, in order to “further mature” mixed reality technology.

Fully committed to the contract

This comes after an audit was launched by the Inspector General of the Ministry of Defense earlier this month to determine whether or not Microsoft’s tool meets its requirements. However, it is not known whether the audit has a direct link with the delay.

At the same time, the military says it continues to be “fully committed” to the IVAS contract, with tests only being carried out last month. Plans to perform these tests are going well until fiscal 2022, which is expected to end in September of next year.

A useful tool in the field or an offensive weapon?

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Once introduced, the integrated visual augmentation system will be used as a training tool as well as a combat assistant. Thanks to this, the infantry will be able to see squad positions and other vital data on the ground. Night vision will also be provided, as a means of delivering the type of hyperconsciousness that has been associated with video games. Instructors will also be able to perfect specific techniques using these helmets.

Nonetheless, the system has drawn quite a bit of criticism from none other than Microsoft’s own employees. Staff have expressed apprehension about the company providing direct support to the military by “gamifying” the war, while completely ignoring their views and contributions.

From a business point of view

But the company led by Satya Nadella seems determined to move forward with their plans anyway. He has often denied claims that the IVAS is being used as a tool to aid mass destruction through offenses, and claims that on the contrary, it will be used to protect US troops and provide them with aid. It is a well-known fact that if she is forced to lose the contract for any reason, it will clearly (and rather seriously) harm the bottom line of her business as a whole, as well as the momentum of the System. HoloLens.

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