Microsoft Teams Unveils VR-Like Meetings Sans VR Headsets

Microsoft has introduced a new feature called Mesh for Microsoft Teams, aiming to facilitate virtual meetings in a “hybrid” working environment. Mesh enables employee avatars to meet in the same virtual space, even if they are physically apart. Unlike traditional virtual reality (VR) meetings, Mesh does not require expensive VR headsets. It has been tested with companies like Accenture and Takeda, with positive feedback on the collaborative and immersive nature of meetings.

 

Mesh includes pre-made customizable spaces, allowing companies to tailor their virtual environments. The Mesh toolkit is powered by Unity, Microsoft’s 2D and 3D development platform. The feature offers options for work meetings or casual gatherings, making it versatile. Microsoft Mesh is priced at $4 per user per month, with a 6-month free trial for business and enterprise plans. For Microsoft 365 E5 users, the cost can go up to $57 per user monthly.

 

The introduction of Mesh reflects Microsoft’s commitment to providing a virtual meeting solution that embraces the evolving nature of work and human connection.