Microsoft has collaborated with Meta in an effort to persuade businesses to operate in virtual environments. During Meta''s Connect, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Microsoft Teams will integrate with Quest devices, and that Microsoft will provide a way to stream Windows apps to Meta''s headsets, according to TechCrunch. A third-party game service, Xbox Cloud Gaming, will be available on Quest devices sometime in the coming months.
"We''re developing the Microsoft Teams interactive meeting environment," Nadella said, indicating that custom avatars will eventually come to the experience. Horizon Workrooms, Meta''s VR space for collaboration, will connect with Teams, he added, allowing individuals to join a Teams meeting from the Workrooms.
"Now, you can connect, share, and collaborate as if you are together in person," Nadella said.
Nadella announced that Microsoft 365 will be available on Quest in a way that allows users to interact with information from productivity applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
With Windows, you''ll have a new way to stream the entire Windows experience, including all of the personalized app content settings, according to Nadella.
"We''ve been contemplating how to harness Microsoft''s 365 and Windows 365s potential to 3D spaces, as they would to enhance productivity and enable you to create, communicate, and collaborate in completely new ways."
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On the Quest, Xbox Cloud Gaming will stream games to a 2D VR screen, which is compatible with existing Xbox controllers. Nadella has suggested that additional features may be proposed down the line.