Microsoft Teams is getting 3D virtual avatars and environments on the platform as part of the tech giant’s push towards entering the metaverse. As hybrid work takes place around the world, Mesh for Microsoft Teams will let people in different locations engage in collaborative and shared holographic experiences with the video-calling application’s productivity tools. People will be able to join virtual meetings, send chats, collaborate on shared documents, and more. Microsoft says the Mesh platform will let people meet in virtual space without having to switch on their webcams
‘As a company whose focus is on productivity, knowledge on workers, this is something that customers are really asking of us, and that coupled with the mixed reality vision we’ve been working on for 12 years . It’s all coming together’, said Alex Kipman, Technical Fellow at Microsoft.
With personalized avatars, Microsoft Teams users can ensure their presence in meetings without turning on the webcam. They will be able to create and attend team meetings as a unique, personalized avatar. Other participants in the meeting can also be seen as avatars. Participants can show themselves on video or use a still image or bubble with initials. The avatar has customization options and can use artificial intelligence (AI) to mimic movements as well as gestures.
Similarly, organizations can build immersive spaces — their own metaverses — within teams. Microsoft says Mesh for Teams users can mix their avatars in these spaces, collaborate on projects, and experience “serious encounters” that spark innovation. None of these will require a VR headset to begin with. People can access Mesh on HoloLens 2, VR headsets, standard mobile phones, tablets or PCs using any Mesh-enabled app.
Mesh is built on the basis of Teams features such as Simultaneous mode Microsoft says it is developing a hybrid working culture to make it more productive. Aries, was in the beginning announced in March This year and is powered by Azure cloud computing system. Microsoft’s push for the metaverse comes later Facebook unveiled virtual chat rooms as part of its rebrand to name itself Meta.
Microsoft says it has teamed up with Accenture to create an ‘Enth Floor’ using Mesh that serves as a virtual campus for employees to hold coffee, presentations, parties and events, regardless of their location. be too. Currently, new Accenture employees get together in teams and receive instructions to create a digital avatar and access a virtual space called One Accenture Park.