Microsoft presented Mesh, its own augmented reality platform on Tuesday, which allows people in different places to meet virtually in the form of a hologram with their physical appearance.
Microsoft Mesh will allow its users to connect, share space and collaborate in an immersive way regardless of the physical location of each one.
Mesh is built on top of the company’s cloud computing service, Azure, and offers an interface of what Microsoft has dubbed “mixed reality”, that is, halfway between augmented and virtual reality (the first overlaps elements to the physical environment, while the second creates a totally artificial environment).
According to a publication in an official blog, Microsoft ensures that this platform will allow its users “to connect, share space and collaborate immersively as if they were in person, regardless of their physical location.”
“You can feel that you are in the same place as another person and you can teleport from different devices to be present with other people even if they are not physically together,” Microsoft technical partner Alex Kipman said during the presentation.
Mesh opened the company’s Ignite developer conference on Tuesday, which this year is being held completely remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Kipman appeared in the form of a hologram.
The mixed reality platform will be available both on Microsoft’s augmented reality devices, the HoloLens 2, as well as on computers, tablets, smartphones and virtual reality headsets from other brands.
The technology and software company also informed that in the future it will integrate Mesh to its services for Teams and Dynamics 365 companies, with the aim that this technology can be used for remote work.