We will soon be able to join Teams meetings as 3D avatars

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  • We will soon be able to join meeting rooms and virtual collaboration spaces using special avatars.
  • Joining a Mesh room can be done from a PC, a smartphone, or a mixed reality device, really easy.
  • This feature is the fruit of a multi-year collaboration between Microsoft and partner Accenture.
  • A lot of other features are also coming to Teams in the near future, so make sure you stay tuned.
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The tech giant is bringing a lot of new changes, besides the plethora already added, to their flagship communications app.

Even more, since the Redmond company decided to bundle Teams with their latest operating system. During this year’s Ignite conference, a new awesome, futuristic feature was announced.

Mesh for Microsoft Teams will create new options for digital meetups with personalized avatars and 3-D environments.

Mesh for Microsoft Teams introduces a new generation of 2D and 3D meeting experiences with personalized avatars and immersive spaces to bridge the gap between physical and digital worlds. With personalized avatars, you can feel presence in meetings without turning on cameras.

This is pretty exciting so let’s cut to the chase and see exactly what the future has in store for us.

Microsoft aims to enhance the Teams virtual meeting spaces

According to Microsoft, users will have more options to join meeting rooms and virtual collaboration spaces using redesigned avatars that will move and react based on your speech without needing a camera or virtual headset.

This latest announcement comes just days after Facebook unveiled its similar virtual avatar technology that will be available in its Meta social media platform relaunch.

The tech giant stated that users will not only be able to come together in new virtual reality rooms but will be able to collaborate and share documents stored in Microsoft 365.

Furthermore, users can join a Mesh room from their PC, smartphone, or mixed reality device, which is pretty accessible.

The new feature came about through a multiyear collaboration between Microsoft and mega-partner Accenture, an Ireland-based IT services firm that is known for virtual conference and meeting technologies.

Mesh for Microsoft Teams will start its rollout process in 2022, as a preview, and will initially launch with a set of prebuilt immersive spaces.

Organizations will have options to create their own custom spaces to be added as time goes on. Pretty neat, right?

Lots of other new features coming to Teams

Besides the Mesh announcement, the company unveiled a lot more features currently rolling out to its collaboration and communication platform.

The inclusion of a virtual green room to enhance webinars and large meetings is another feature worth mentioning.

This will allow organizers and guest speakers to interact in a second virtual space to collaborate on presentation content, monitor chat, and socialize. Redmond officials said this feature will be available in preview in early 2022.

Microsoft is also looking to help IT keep a handle on securing shared documents with a new feature planned for 2022 called Teams Connect.

It will allow for Teams channels to be shared with outside individuals and organizations, with IT retaining control on how and what documents can be shared.

Teams Chat is getting upgraded over the coming months. One new enhancement will permit individuals in a Teams organization to use their personal Teams account to chat and collaborate.

Another is the ability to chat with yourself, which Microsoft said will be useful for personal organization and keeping memos stored in one place.

And let’s not forget about the other improvements brought to the popular communications app lately, among which are enhanced phishing protection, as well as the walkie-talkie function.

Excited about all the goodies being brought to your favorite conference application? Let us know in the comments section below.

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