Microsoft Teams enters the metaverse race with 3D avatars and immersive meetings

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The Verge
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November 2 2021
Tom Warren (creator)
Microsoft (contributor)
Meta Platforms Inc. (contributor)
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"Microsoft is entering the race to build a metaverse inside Teams, just days after Facebook rebranded to Meta in a push to build virtual spaces for both consumers and businesses. Microsoft is bringing Mesh, a collaborative platform for virtual experiences, directly into Microsoft Teams next year. It’s part of a big effort to combine the company’s mixed reality and HoloLens work with meetings and video calls that anyone can participate in thanks to animated avatars."

Mesh for Teams will be available in the first half of 2022 and can be accessed using a computer or a mixed reality headset. Users can choose to turn off their webcam during a meeting and have their digital avatar be visible instead. The avatar will be animated using AI to analyze the user's vocal cues.
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