Microsoft and Meta join forces to launch Windows, Office and Teams in the metaverse

Meta and Microsoft have just announced their alliance at the Connect conference. Microsoft will be able to benefit from Quest 2 and Quest Pro headsets, while Meta will be better able to attract companies to their metaverse.

During Meta’s Connect 2022 conference, a surprise guest spoke with Mark Zuckerberg: Satya Nadella. Microsoft’s CEO shared his excitement about the metaverse and how the physical and virtual worlds meet. Thus, Satya Nadella announced the arrival of Microsoft Teams, Office and Windows in Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse.

Teams, the collaboration tool that now has 270 million monthly active users, is arguably the Microsoft service best suited to transition to virtual use thanks to the use of Mesh, the collaboration platform and mixed reality communication. Thus, it will be possible to mix real participants, video and avatars in a meeting.

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Meetings can be held with smartphones and laptops, but also in virtual reality thanks to the Quest 2 or Quest Pro headset from Meta. As Satya Nadella points out:

“We’re bringing an immersive Microsoft Teams meeting experience to Meta Quest to give people new ways to connect with each other. You can connect, share and collaborate as if you were together in person.”

The two companies will work together: Microsoft will adapt Meta’s avatar system in Teams and Horizon Workroom users will be able to join a Teams meeting directly. As Mark Zuckerberg points out:

“We believe this multi-device, multi-screen experience will be the foundation of the virtual desktop of the future.”

This will also allow Microsoft to attract more users because Satya Nadella’s company currently has only one VR/AR headset in its catalog: HoloLens 2. And you need 3849 euros to get it! Alex Kipman, the creator of Hololens, has also left the company, which does not bode well for the future of Microsoft’s headset. The company could thus abandon the design of equipment for this type of use and focus on services. Meta, for its part, will be better able to reach businesses thanks to its partnership with Microsoft.

The publisher also announced the arrival of Microsoft 365 applications on Meta Quest headsets. It will therefore be possible to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and SharePoint in the metaverse. However, the applications will not be specific 3D versions for virtual reality. These will be 2D versions using Progressive Web Apps (PWA) technology.

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The publisher does not intend to stop there and in the future also intends to offer Windows 365, with the option of streaming access to a Windows Cloud PC to use its own applications and access its own content. In short, a virtual PC in a virtual environment.

Finally, Microsoft has also indicated that the Intune and Azure Active Directory enterprise tools can be used by administrators with Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro headsets, subject to subscription to Meta’s Quest for Business service.



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