With the dust now settled on the recent Microsoft Ignite conference it's easier to stand back and assess the value of many of the releases and how they will impact the digital workplace. Microsoft released literally dozens of upgrades and new products, many of which will find themselves into the workplace over the coming year. Before the conference everyone was waiting to see what we would get for Teams and Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft didn't disappoint. What we got was Mesh for Teams, Microsoft's latest mixed reality offering built on Azure.
Mesh With Teams
Microsoft first unveiled Mesh at its Ignite Conference in March 2021. Mesh was designed to improve remote collaboration and provide immersive training and communication tools for businesses and consumers. It did so by creating a space for real-time collaboration which participants could join using HoloLens 2, virtual reality (VR) headsets, smartphones, tablets or PCs.
More Effective Collaboration
Collaboration is, indeed, the big problem. Leave aside the flash and futuristic elements of the metaverse and you get to what enterprises are really looking for — not new ways to collaborate, but more effective ways to collaborate in a workplace staffed by humans. In fact, it's even more than just collaboration. In the hybrid working era, its essential that businesses crack the code on remote collaboration, according to Mike Davis, modern workspace practice lead at Missouri-based World Wide Technology. "While there's no replacement for in-person collaboration, Microsoft Mesh-enabled capabilities offer truly new possibilities when it comes to virtual ideation sessions and design and build projects," he said.