Microsoft expands its HoloLens solution to Japan

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 30 November 2016
Microsoft expands its HoloLens solution to Japan

Japanese customers can pre-order Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer, from 2 December 2016.

The devices, which were first unveiled in January 2015, can be ordered exclusively from the Microsoft Store in Japan and will begin to ship in early 2017.

One Japanese company already working with HoloLens is Japan Airlines. The company has developed two proof-of-concept programmes to provide supplemental training for engine mechanics, and for flight crew trainees who want to be promoted to co-pilot status.

“It has been inspiring to see what has been created by our commercial partners and the team remains in awe of the way developers are using HoloLens,” said Alex Kipman, technical fellow of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, in a blog post. “We can’t wait to see what everyone in Japan creates when they get their hands on HoloLens.”

Last month, Microsoft expanded HoloLens Development Edition and Microsoft HoloLens Commercial Suite to markets in Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, New Zealand and the UK.

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