Microsoft has announced it will integrate the Mesh as the next step in the evolution of Microsoft teams. It will be an interactive platform for virtual experiences within the Microsoft platform. The announcement comes shortly after Facebook reborn into meta and reveals its future vision for metavers.
Microsoft Mesh is the next step in AR technology. Some of the new features revealed by Microsoft include a ‘Together Mode’ designed to create a virtual avatar of an individual that enables better engagement in meetings. The idea was inspired by the fact that many users are experiencing pandemic fatigue due to extra screen time.
Microsoft teams will be equipped with new 3D avatars to facilitate a metawares environment that does not require a VR headset. These avatars can represent the user in 2D and 3D meetings.
It gives the user the option to turn off the webcam if they are not interested. “It’s not binary, so a person can choose how to show it, be it video or avatar, and have various custom options to choose how it should be presented in a meeting,” says Katie Kelly, Principal Product Manager at Microsoft .
Additionally, most devices have access to these features, as these technologies or prototypes work best on VR or AR headsets. Furthermore, it is based on real experiences, so the human presence is important for speech, eye contact, and reactions.
This upgrade also focuses on removing language barriers by including a built-in app translation support, This will be a boon for companies around the world with remote workers in the aftermath of an post-pandemic. The big news is that Microsoft has promised to be able to access these features as early as 2022.
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