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Microsoft Teams plays the metaverse card with Mesh. But isn't it already too late ?


Since 2020, organizations and employees alike have discovered the need for technology that helps them feel connected, no matter where they work. At Microsoft, we have largely refined the Teams teleworking tool, and at the end of last year, we talked about Mesh, a new 3D dimensional experience, integrated into the software.

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A more immersive experience than ever for Microsoft Teams

Over the years, we have learned that a thriving workplace fosters authentic human connections, which allows employees and teams to build meaningful, trusting relationships so they can reach their highest potential” explains Microsoft.

Thus, according to Microsoft, the new Mesh tool presents itself as a solution that allows different members of the same company to connect like never before in an immersive 3D space, which allows meetings and virtual events to feel more like face-to-face connections. Digital engagement is thus evolving from audio to video, and now to spatial interaction.

To take advantage of Mesh, simply go to the menu “Display” of a Teams meeting. Here, we select the option “Immersive Space“, and in a few clicks, we can transform a classic meeting (understandably in 2D) into a completely new immersive experience in 3D.

Mesh offers a series of ready-to-use virtual environments “&#8220 ;, which businesses can personalize with everything from informational videos to logos, without having to enter any codes. Via the Unity engine and the Mesh resource kit, it is possible to create personalized immersive experiences, adapted to the needs of each company.

Microsoft specifies that the Mesh solution was tested for almost two years by a few privileged clients, such as Accenture or the pharmaceutical company Takeda, who praised the advantages of these more immersive meetings.< /p>

For now, Microsoft's Mesh solution is only available in desktop version and on Meta Quest VR headsets, for an even more immersive experience. Microsoft is offering a free six-month trial to anyone who already has a business account.

We will now see if this new Mesh functionality will appeal to employees, but nothing is less certain given the relative lack of interest (including at Microsoft) in this type of immersive technology&# 8230;

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116