In an unexpected partnership, Meta and Microsoft have announced to combine their strengths. Microsoft has visualised an opportunity to bring Teams and its other productivity experiences to a capable Virtual Reality headset and Meta gets to be a key partner in its grand metaverse plan of Microsoft.
Microsoft is bringing a couple of its time-tested products to Meta’s Oculus’ Quest VR headsets under a new partnership the two companies announced at Meta Connect 2022.
What is the catch here?
Tech geeks and watchers were taken aback, both surprisingly and shockingly, by the Microsoft-Meta partnership considering the former was eyeing for the highly-anticipated and under-developed Metaverse domain by announcing plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, its biggest deal ever.
What will the Meta-Microsoft partnership entail?
In the near future, the two companies, as reported, might bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to Meta Quest Store to enable streaming of Xbox games on phones, tablets, PCs, selected smart televisions, and the Meta Quest platform.
What else is Microsoft doing?
Meta’s Bid - A Power Move
Meta now has an important and powerful ally in its race to make the metaverse a reality - Microsoft.
There are clear signs it’s going to be a challenging environment to get everything right but, Meta has tried for years to make inroads with enterprise customers through its Workplace platform, but by partnering with a giant like Microsoft Teams in VR, it’s a clear case of triumph when it comes to the future of app collaboration and workplace productivity.
Microsoft’s Mesh work for Teams was impressive in virtual meetings in 2021. It will be interesting to see how the company brings that to life in Meta’s Quest headsets.
However, it’s still early for this partnership to grow and flourish with yet more details to come out on exactly when these high-tech experiences will land in the coming months.
Tech geeks and watchers can expect to hear more about Teams and Microsoft’s 3D Metaverse Avatars soon, with more information on security and advanced combined features.