Microsoft Partners with Meta on the Metaverse

Posted on October 11, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft 365, Windows 365, Project xCloud, Xbox, Microsoft with 16 Comments

Microsoft said today that it would bring its productivity and gaming offerings to Meta’s Quest VR (virtual reality) headsets.

“We are bringing a Microsoft Teams immersive meeting experience to Meta Quest in order to give people new ways to connect with each other,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said at the Meta Connect conference today. “You can connect, share, collaborate as though you were together in person.”

“People will be able to join a Teams meeting directly from Workrooms,” Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said of the Microsoft offering. “We think that this cross-device, cross-screen experience will be the foundation of the virtual office of the future.”

The Microsoft Teams experience on Meta Quest uses the Meta avatar system to create a more familiar and native look on that platform. And Meta will add support for Teams to its Horizon Workrooms VR meetings solution.

And it’s not just Teams: Microsoft is bringing Windows 365, the web versions of Office, and Xbox Cloud Gaming to the Meta Quest as well.

“With Windows 365 coming to Quest, you’ll have a new way to securely stream the entire Windows experience, including all the personalized apps, content, and settings to your VR device with the full power of Windows and Windows applications,” Nadella added. “I’m so thrilled about what we’re announcing today and how we’re bringing together the power of many of our most popular productivity tools with the new VR devices you’re announcing.”

You can learn more about today’s announcements from the Official Microsoft Blog. But Microsoft starts its biggest annual conference, Ignite, tomorrow, so you can expect more related news soon.

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