Video: Microsoft also has a “metaverse” for the pros (take this Facebook)

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Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) isn’t the only company trying to earn a spot in the metaverse. Microsoft also lays out a stand on this topic, but from a more business-focused perspective. When the Microsoft Ignite IT pro conference took place this week, Redmond gave more details of its plans to integrate the Mesh Teams collaboration platform.

At the Build Developers Conference in May, Microsoft introduced its Azure-powered mixed reality network collaboration platform. At the time, Microsoft announced that Mesh would be integrated into Teams. Today, the company said Mesh for Teams will begin rolling out for the first time in 2022, with a set of pre-built immersive spaces. Over time, Microsoft will add tools to allow customers to create their own custom spaces.

Microsoft Mesh for Teams describes a feature of its collaboration platform that will “combine the mixed reality capabilities of Microsoft Mesh, which allows people in different physical locations to participate in collaborative and shared 3D experiences, with Teams productivity tools, where people can participate in virtual meetings, sending chats, collaborating on shared documents and more.”

custom avatars

According to Microsoft, the employees feel more involved and participate in an immersive experience they can share a virtual space where present in the form of qu’avatars (and days as a three-dimensional). People can access the Mesh for Teams not only mixed like HoloLens headphones reality, but also via smart phones and standard laptops.

If you’re wondering if this insight cares for business users, Microsoft and its partner Accenture’s answer is yes. Microsoft has been working with Accenture for several years to build a virtual campus for Accenture AltspaceVR, called the Nth floor, where employees can meet for coffee, give presentations, organize parties and other similar events. Accenture’s ‘end use case’ is to welcome new employees to Accenture One Park with virtual conference rooms, boardrooms and more.

This isn’t the first time Microsoft has tried to bring mixed reality and Office products together. In 2018, the company introduced an overview of SharePoint Spaces, a feature that allows SharePoint users to create and consume 3D mixed reality “spaces” where they can view and interact with data and product models. A Microsoft spokesperson adds that Microsoft is “exploring opportunities to integrate Mesh functionality for Teams into SharePoint Spaces.”

That companies create their own immersive spaces

The larger-angle “business” that Microsoft assumes in its descriptive draft indicates that workers and things can be represented by their digital twin. In this virtual world, people can “come together to communicate, collaborate, and share in a personal virtual presence on any device,” as Microsoft puts it. Companies can create their own interactive spaces within Teams.

According to Microsoft, this will become an additional way for workers to collaborate – in addition to chats, emails, video calls, and face-to-face meetings.

Microsoft is building a strategy where everything from Azure Maps to Power Platform to Azure Synapse Analytics to play a role in helping clients use their own business metavers and build. Azure Synapse Analytics can track the history of digital twins and find insights to make predictions. Azure AI and ML could allow users to build independent systems and Power Platform could allow employees to develop data for digital twins, according to Microsoft’s global vision.


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