Microsoft announced at their at Future Decoded conference in London that HoloLens, the company’s augmented reality headset, will be expanding its international availability to include all of the European Union in December. HoloLens is currently only officially available in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Starting December 1st, HoloLens will be available in the following countries: Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Luxembourg, Poland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Estonia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Romania, Hungary, Portugal, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, Greece, Malta, Cyprus, and Slovenia.

image courtesy Microsoft

If you’re in one of those countries, you can either wait for local availability, or alternatively contact Microsoft here via e-mail to begin the ordering process now. Microsoft says it won’t be stocking HoloLens in stores, making it only available through your local version of the online Microsoft Store.

At a base price of €3.300 for the HoloLens Development Edition and €5.490 for the HoloLens Commercial Suite, the headset mostly appeals to enterprise users, with Microsoft providing industrial and information workers Universal Windows apps focused on tasks like remote assistance, training, design, real-time collaboration, virtual meetings, and data and analytics processing. Microsoft says the HoloLens Commercial Suite is “[i]deal for organizations,” and includes the Development Edition hardware, plus a warranty and enterprise features “for added security and device management.”

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Currently HoloLens only supports English, something that will hopefully change in the near future despite EU-based professionals almost universally relying on English for both extra-EU as well as inter-EU dealings.

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What’s in the box

  • Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition
  • Clicker
  • Carrying case
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Charger
  • Micro-USB 2.0 cable
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  • sebrk

    I really, really wished I could recommend this product. It holds so much promise but is such a poor device. CPU/GPU is abysmal. Battery is basically comical and worst of it all the frustum or FOV (whatever you wanna call it; what is actually rendered) is a small and thus very illusion breaking cute little rectangle. Don’t get me wrong. Later iterations from MS or someone else is bound to be truly amazing.

    • Nobody

      It’s the best one on the market.

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      • RFC_VR

        I’ve only ever seen 1 Hololens “in the wild” at electronics exchange store in London. Around £3,000 as used goods, but with 12 month warranty from store.

        • Nobody

          Isn’t hololens only for Entreprise & Devellopers atm? There is still no release date for the consumer edition. It doesn’t seem to be their 1st priority either.

  • ArA

    ar sucks, give me vr baby

  • Finally Italy!