Microsoft brings a metaverse to Teams

Microsoft Mesh for Teams, announced this week, will give users the opportunity to join remote and hybrid meetings as avatars with the option to build entire virtual worlds in teams. Microsoft will introduce the metaverse into Teams by launching Mesh for Microsoft Teams which will to be introduced in 2022.

This feature combines the possibilities of mixed reality Microsoft Mesh platform announced earlier this year that allows people in different locations to join shared holographic experiences, with productivity tools Microsoft Teams-a.

Announcing a new feature, Microsoft he said his productivity experts noticed two things: teleworkers were more efficient than business leaders had previously imagined, but they also lacked them. While people felt more present and engaged when video cameras were turned on for virtual meetings, the video option can be inconvenient, requiring users to join as a video image, which can freeze due to a bad connection.

Mesh will build on existing functions Teams-a such as Together Mode i Presenter Mode which make remote and hybrid meetings more collaborative and impressive.

However, Mesh for Teams which everyone will be able to access via smartphones, laptops or mixed reality headphones is the gateway to the metaverse, a new vision of the internet.

Virtual reality

The first step that most users will take Mesh for Teams undertake to join the standard Teams meeting as a custom avatar instead of as a still image or video. Organizations can also build impressive spaces of so-called metaversion within teams. Network users Mesh for Teams they can take their avatars to various spaces to mingle and collaborate on projects and experience random encounters that provoke innovation.

Work on such platforms have already been known in Microsoft radu sa Accenture-om. Before the pandemic, a global professional services firm built a “virtual camp” where any of its 600,000 employees from anywhere in the world could gather for presentations, entertainment and other events, called Nth Floor. This virtual space then got another use case involving new employees, when the Covid19 pandemic broke out.

New employees meet in teams where they receive instructions on how to create a digital avatar and access One Accenture Park-u, a common virtual space reminiscent of a futuristic amusement park, with a central conference room, a virtual meeting room through which each newly hired group passes together.

New technology next year

Tens of thousands of new employees have already visited One Accenture Park, while there are thousands more Accenture’s workers used laptops and VR headsets to attend events in other virtual offices Accenture-a, including the digital twin recently opened Accenture-ove offices One Manhattan West-a in New York.

When Mesh for Teams will be used in the first half of 2022, users will have different options to create and join the meeting Teams-a as a unique, personalized avatar. Other participants will also be introduced to avatars or will use a static image or a bubble with initials.

Technology will evolve over time and improve on all devices, from phones to VR headsets, from laptops with one microphone to HoloLens-a with six microphones and 16 cameras. Whatever the device, mixed reality technology will give each user an avatar that provides a sense of presence, which allows them to be expressive when they don’t want to be in front of the camera.

Mesh for Teams will also be presented with pre-built enriched spaces for different contexts. Over time, organizations will be able to build custom immersive spaces such as Nth Floor to Mesh-om and to deploy them in teams.

Source: AVMagazine

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