At Ignite 2021, Microsoft announced a Mesh platform built on the Azure cloud that allows multiple people to communicate in the same virtual space.
The peculiarity of the platform is that users can physically be in different places, but at the same time interact with each other and with virtual 3D models. It is reported that people on Mesh will be represented using virtual avatars from the social networking site AltspaceVR. Her company bought it back in 2017. In the future, Microsoft wants to ensure that people appear in the virtual space as themselves.
The Verge editor Tom Warren took part in the demonstration of the technology, after which he stated that it is a much more exciting way to communicate than the calls through Zoom, in which he participates in every day.
In addition, Microsoft introduced the Intelligent Speakers, which are able to automatically recognize, transcribe and translate the speech of ten participants in an online meeting at once. The novelty works in conjunction with the corporate platform Microsoft Teams. All remarks pop up in a separate window, with which speech can be translated into other languages. Microsoft Teams got an update too. Three new presentation modes will appear in the platform settings.
For example, the Reporter option will allow digital content to be framed next to the speaker’s face. Something similar is used in news stories on television. In the first half of 2021, Microsoft Teams will also see a beta version of end-to-end encryption that will be available for unscheduled two-party calls.