Last year, Microsoft integrated the Teams collaboration service into its mixed reality platform Mesh to allow customers to conduct 3D meetings in virtual spaces, even without the use of VR headsets. Now this feature is moving out of the preliminary access phase and will soon be available to all business users of the service.
Mesh integration in Teams reportedly looks a lot like the enterprise version of AltspaceVR, the social virtual reality platform that Microsoft bought in 2017 and discontinued about a year ago. It’s easy to imagine that the best experience with Mesh would be with a VR headset, but currently the platform only supports meta devices✴ Quest, so the selection of compatible headsets is limited.
The developers have implemented support for the spatial audio feature, which helps simulate private conversations within a virtual room. 3D meeting rooms can be designed according to your wishes and you can organize and host games with your colleagues in them.
All standard Mesh features, including immersive virtual rooms in Teams, are available for Teams enterprise plans. If you need to create your own 3D room, you’ll need a Teams Premium subscription.