Microsoft is the latest presentation of the “industrial metaverse”

Earlier this year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that Microsoft does not believe there will ever be a single central metaverse. Instead, he thinks there will be multiple metaverse platforms. While its Teams for Mesh platform offers fun demonstrations of what many think when they hear “metaverse,” Microsoft is also developing its own more realistic “industrial metaverse” platform.

At the Build Developer Conference, to be held at the end of the month, one of Microsoft’s key sessions will focus on “Preparing for Metaverse”. As described, this session will focus on how companies can benefit from “metaverse experiences.” There will also be a session on how the Internet of Things (IoT) is powering everything, ‘from edge to metaverse’.

Microsoft has been working for over a year to put all of the company’s technologies to be relevant to those talking about the metaverse. Last year at the Build conference, Microsoft started talking about the enterprise’s metaverse technology stack. The company said that everything from Azure IoT, Azure Digital Twins and Azure Maps to Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure AI, Power Platform and HoloLens formed the basis for its upcoming “metaverse applications.”

Immersive meeting spaces with Mich

Microsoft unveiled its Azure-powered mixed reality collaboration platform at the Build conference in May 2021. Later, at Ignite in the fall, Microsoft announced plans to integrate Mesh with Teams and preview Mesh for Teams in 2022, which will include a set of immersive spaces Pre-built for meetings, and post-it tools for clients to create their own custom spaces.

In the latest Microsoft earnings conference call, Satya Nadella said Microsoft is “at the forefront of innovation in the new industry.” He cited the company’s work in the Internet of Things, digital twins, mixed reality applications, and connected spaces (which, for now, refers to a Dynamics 365 product formerly known as Connected Store) as core elements of its industrial metaverse strategy.

Connected Spaces appears to be a category where Microsoft will add new Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) over time and use machine learning, computer vision, and Internet of Things technologies to help customers better understand their physical environments.

The Internet of Things and digital twins at the root of the metaverse

In a recent LinkedIn post, Tony Shakib, General Manager/Partner at Azure IoT at Microsoft, contributed to the discussion on the Microsoft metaverse project. IoT and digital twin technologies, he says, remain central to the company’s vision of the world: “Our industrial metaverse is a combination of intelligent cloud capabilities and intelligent edge capabilities that work together. At its core is Azure IoT, which connects physical assets and manages cloud intelligence — and Azure Digital Twins, which provide the ability to model anything physically or logically, from simple devices to products. to complex environments.”

While comprehensive simulations and customizable avatars that interact in fictional virtual worlds are certainly present in the Microsoft metaverse roadmap, it is the short-term deliverables in Edge/IoT, machine learning, and the digital dual spaces in which Microsoft and its partners are most likely to make money first. another thing.

We hope to have more information about this vision for industrial metaverses during the construction conference on May 24th.


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