Meta and Microsoft team up to announce Office and Teams in virtual reality

The Windows, Office, Teams and Xbox Cloud Gaming game streaming platform will soon be usable with Quest, Meta’s VR headset.

The first echoes reaching us from the Mark Zuckerberg-sauce metaverse are not encouraging. It is said that even Meta employees do not want to use Horizons World, their own virtual universe. Mark Zuckerberg’s company still managed to convince Microsoft to offer its services in Metaverse. Windows, Office, Teams and Xbox Cloud Gaming are coming soon can be used with Quest, Meta VR headsets.

For Mark Zuckerberg, this association is a first step towards it create a workplace in the Metaverse. Microsoft is recognized both in the professional world with its Office software suite and in the gaming world with XBox and PC Game Pass. According to Satya Nadella, “Windows 365 will be able to be used in 3D with a VR headset where we can stream the entire Windows experience”.

Windows 365 will be able to be used in Meta’s Horizons Workrooms

Teams will be directly integrated into Horizons Workrooms, the collaboration application designed to manage Meta’s telecommuting team environments, and we’ll even be able to use 3D avatars during video conferences. Not all Microsoft programs will be suitable for virtual reality, the idea is to test the waters and offer ports if the demand for virtual reality is strong enough.

Gamers may be pleased to know that Xbox Cloud Gaming, which crushes the competition in video game streaming, will also be present in Meta’s Horizons World. PC Game Pass subscribers will be able to play in Meta’s virtual universe. In a configuration will be quite strange, admittedly, since the games will not be projected directly into the VR headsetbut rather on a virtual screen in Horizons World.

If this partnership between Meta and Microsoft is surprising at first glance, it makes sense for both companies. With an ally as influential as Microsoft, Metaverse according to Meta and Mark Zuckerberg is regaining some credibility. For the Redmond company, the goal is now to focus on its applications and offer them on as many platforms as possible. It is also a clear sign that the HoloLens 3 project no longer has any future.

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