Microsoft has reportedly fired 60 engineers in Israel that were working on HoloLens, with the company continuing development on its exciting new wearable with different technology in the United States, according to news website Ynet.
The translated article says that Microsoft Israel stopped working on the project all of the sudden, with 30 permanent employees given one month to find a new job within the company. The other 30 workers were contractors, who were reportedly let go immediately. Ynet reports that the 60 employees had been working on HoloLens for the past two and a half years, utilizing technology different to the technology the company will be using now that it has shifted the work to the US.
Microsoft Israel has released a statement to Ynet, claiming that they made recent decisions that affect numerous positions in the company. the Israel-based side of Microsoft has said they are boosting investments in certain areas while other areas will see investments reduced - with the Israel-based HoloLens team being one of them. Microsoft's top priority is the treatment of its affected employees.