December 1, 2023

Microsoft introduced at its Ignite convention this morning that Microsoft Mesh and Immersive areas in Groups, that are at the moment in public preview, will change into typically accessible in January 2024. Immersive areas enable Groups customers to show conferences right into a 3D expertise the place individuals seem as a 3D avatar.

As of at present, Immersive areas are solely accessible within the traditional model of Microsoft Groups for Home windows, and the expertise additionally helps VR headsets. Microsoft is working to carry this expertise to the brand new Groups desktop app, which grew to become accessible for all Home windows and Mac customers final month.

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Immersive areas in Groups is a function that’s powered by Microsoft Mesh, which is a separate 3D immersive expertise that’s been in public preview since final month. Mesh is at the moment accessible on PCs and Meta Quest VR headsets, and it’s just about Microsoft’s model of the metaverse, an idea that actually began to lose its steam now that ChatGPT and generative AI have change into the tech business’s newest obsession.

Microsoft Mesh permits organizations to create 3D areas for digital conferences and different occasions. Microsoft emphasised that occasion creators can customise immersive areas with out writing a line of code and create templates for future occasions. Nevertheless, customization choices would require a Groups Premium subscription.

Microsoft made many different bulletins at its Ignite convention this morning, and plenty of of them are AI and cloud-related. You’ll be able to make amends for the largest information on our devoted web page.