/ Satya Nadella refuses to withdraw Microsoft’s HoloLens contract with US military

Hindustan Times : Feb 26, 2019, 01:18 PM

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has no plans to scrap the controversial contract of supplying augmented reality (AR)-based HoloLens headset to US military. Microsoft has to provide more than 100,000 headsets that could be used for combat and training in the military. As employees and shareholders we do not want to become war profiteers, Microsoft must stop in its activities to US Army’s ability to cause harm & violence.

Under the contract, Microsoft has to provide more than 100,000 headsets that could be used for combat and training in the military.

“We made a principled decision that we’re not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy,” Nadella told CNN on Monday at the MWC 2019 in Barcelona.

Last week in a letter to the company President Brad Smith, Nadella and other top executives, workers urged the firm to junk the $479 million contract to supply technology for the military’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System, the media had reported.

“As employees and shareholders we do not want to become war profiteers. To that end, we believe that Microsoft must stop in its activities to empower the US Army’s ability to cause harm and violence,” the letter read.