HoloLens co-creator resigns after misconduct allegations

HoloLens lead developer Alex Kipman has resigned from Microsoft following recent allegations of inappropriate behavior and misconduct.

Kipman was accused of “unwanted touching” colleagues at a Internal report in late May, which also cited an incident in which he watched a video described by a colleague as “VR pornography” in front of a group of employees. Several women described the situation as “very uncomfortable”, with many opting to leave the room during the incident. Kipman was also accused of cultivating “a culture that diminishes the contributions of women”. After the report, Microsoft made a very general comment to eurogamersaying that “every reported complaint we receive is investigated, and for every complaint found to be substantiated, there is clear action taken”.

The executive is now parting ways with Microsoft. In an internal email seen by GeekWireMicrosoft Cloud & AI group boss Scott Guthrie wrote that the two “mutually decided” to part ways, saying it was a matter of “organizational changes” to “align and further accelerate our overall Metaverse efforts”.

“Over the past few months, Alex Kipman and I have talked about the team’s path going forward,” writes Guthrie. “We have mutually decided that this is the right time for him to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. I appreciate the tremendous insight Alex has provided to Microsoft over the years, and all he has done to advance our Metaverse offerings.”

The email concluded that Kipman’s resignation and other changes to team structures are “effective immediately.”

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