The new virtual reality headgear from Meta will include a number of Microsoft products; CEO Mark Zuckerberg has dubbed it the “virtual office of the future.”
In an effort to persuade businesses to operate in virtual settings, Meta Platforms has teamed with tech giant Microsoft to integrate a number of Microsoft Office 365 products into Meta’s Virtual Reality (VR) platform.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated during Meta’s Connect 2022 keynote on October 11 that Microsoft’s Teams video conferencing program would interface with Meta’s “Quest” and recently launched “Quest Pro” VR gear, enabling individuals to congregate in a virtual space resembling a boardroom.
Within Meta’s VR, popular Microsoft productivity tools including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and SharePoint will also be made available. Future features, according to Nadella, will let users stream a Windows Cloud PC to their Meta headsets.
According to Nadella, Meta’s Quest and Quest Pro headsets will be interoperable with Microsoft’s enterprise-level mobile device and identity management programs, enabling businesses to manage and secure VR headsets on their corporate networks just like they would computers or phones.
With a ton of new capabilities, Meta is hoping that its Quest Pro headset will entice people into a virtual workweek. The manufacturer asserts that compared to its previous headset, the new model is more comfortable, performs better, and has enhanced clarity and higher resolution.
Additionally, the Quest Pro is supposed to provide more intuitive feedback for its hand controllers and real-time emotion monitoring, which allows the user’s virtual avatar to imitate real-life counterparts’ facial expressions like grins and winks.
Zuckerberg claimed that this cross-device experience will serve as “the foundation of the virtual workplace of the future” because Microsoft Teams will be cross-compatible with Meta’s virtual reality workspace for business meetings known as Horizon Workrooms.
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