Microsoft is intensifying efforts to develop the metaverse, which will allow users to interact and collaborate in 3D digital avatars in workspaces and homes according to the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella.
Nadella was speaking at Microsoft’s Ignite 2021 conference where he said that the technology to make digital representations of people was much closer now and it would change how we see the world and participate in it.
Speaking about the metaverse, Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft, said:
“I can’t overstate how much of a breakthrough has been made. We actually have the opportunity to go into that world and participate in it.”
In a video, the CEO highlighted some of the key products they are developing that will impact the metaverse including:
Microsoft Teams will allow users to create their own 3D digital avatars and collaborate in virtual spaces by plugging into the virtual reality headset such as Microsoft’s HoloLens and Facebook’s Oculus. The capability, set to be launched in 2022, is powered by the Mesh, a virtual collaboration tool launched in 2022.
Recently, Microsoft purchased the mega gaming studio, Blizzard Studios, ushering in a new era of gaming that is likely informed by the growing interest in virtual experiences like the metaverse.
Both Microsoft and Facebook have been investing in augmented and virtual reality to power their metaverse ambitions.