Posted by: kurtsh | March 23, 2015

INFO: Wired, “Restart: Microsoft in the age of Satya Nadella”

Great article.

On a campus notable for tight security and secret offices, Building 92 is a rare beacon of openness. Guests can enter without a Microsoft ID and browse corporate history in the visitor center or pop into the company store for branded water bottles, onesies, and my mom is a geek T-shirts. And yet, directly beneath them, tucked away in the basement, there is a lab so confidential that even most employees have never heard of it. Alex Kipman flashes his badge across the access pads to a set of double doors and goes bounding down the stairs.

Over the past five years, Kipman and a team of Microsoft engineers, designers, and researchers have toiled in this windowless space to create a top-secret product that might be the company’s most ambitious since the 2010 release of the motion-sensing gaming device Kinect: an augmented reality headset codenamed Project HoloLens. The device—a kind of face-computer that looks like a pair of space-age sunglasses—is a bit like the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. But while the Rift immerses its wearers in a completely digital environment, Project HoloLens weaves digital elements into the real world—a magical merging of the virtual and physical.

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