HoloLens and the future of XAML Developers

Introduction

HoloLens was recently announced to be a first-party member of the Windows 10 operating system. The few Windows developers who have actually maintained faith throughout the Silverlight and Windows Store debacles may actually find comfort in this.

So what is HoloLens?

HoloLens is Microsoft’s augmented-reality device. In other words, it’s a wearable visor that blends real-world objects with virtual ones.

XAML developers can now leverage their skills to build HoloLens applications. These applications can ultimately be constructed as universal-apps to run on all Windows 10 devices (i.e. Xbox, Surface, Windows Phone, etc.). However, writing a universal-app to run all devices requires much effort. As a result, I see the masses abandoning Windows Store App development as we know it and focusing on HoloLens app essentials.

I can imagine several uses for this new experience:

  • Simulation training (cars, planes, tanks, yoga, military)
  • Fitness (Connect with Microsoft Band)
  • Video Games (GTA, Call of Duty)
  • Gambling (Poker, Russian Roulette)
  • Movies (in theatre and at home)
  • Search Engines (videos)
  • Long distance relationships
  • Drones

Conclusion

In conclusion, HoloLens was recently announced to be a first-class member of the Windows 10 experience. It was announced as a wearable visor that blends real-world objects with virtual ones. I’m not sure what the hourly rate for a HoloLens Developer is. It could be $90 / hour, $130, or even $150. I guess a combination of supply, demand, and imagination will define the future for XAML Developers.

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