Microsoft Teams enters the metaverse race

Animated avatars coming to Teams

Just days after Facebook rebranded to Meta and revealed its metaverse plans, Microsoft is joining the race the race to build a metaverse inside Teams.

The software giant showed off ‘Mesh’, a collaborative platform for virtual experiences, which is being integrated into Microsoft Teams next year. If users don’t feel like turning on their cameras, they can instead use their own animated avatar within the calls.

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Microsoft envisions virtual spaces inside teams where remote works can visit, network, and socialize with others, or even use Microsoft apps to collaborate on projects.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also revealed the company has metaverse plans for gaming, saying, “You can absolutely expect us to do things in gaming”. “If you take Halo as a game, it is a metaverse. Minecraft is a metaverse, and so is Flight Sim. In some sense, they’re 2D today, and the question is can you now take that to a full 3D world, and we absolutely plan to do so.”

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