Alex Kipman, the manager who led Microsoft’s HoloLens development teams, a mixed reality viewer on which the group is aiming for the launch of the metaverse, would have resigned from the American giant on alleged allegations of harassment. This was reported by Business Insider, according to whose sources at least 25 employees of the company contributed to an internal report on the alleged misconduct of Kipman, including cases of “unwanted contacts”. Among the various accusations, Business Insider reports that, on one occasion, the manager would have started a hard video, shot in virtual reality, in front of the employees in the office.
Microsoft does not confirm or deny the indiscretion, but the GeekWire site got it an internal email from Microsoft’s cloud boss Scott Guthrie, who writes: “We have mutually agreed that this is the right time for him to leave. company to pursue other opportunities “. He also describes a reorganization for Kipman’s entire mixed reality division, with the hardware teams joining Panos Panay’s Windows + Devices organization.
In January, the Wall Street Journal reported that at the end of 2021, more than 70 Microsoft employees of the HoloLens team had left the company, more than half having switched to competition from Facebook-Meta.
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