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Microsoft Mesh revolutionizes hybrid work collaboration

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WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES — Tech giant Microsoft ushered in a new era of hybrid work with the introduction of Mesh for Microsoft Teams, a revolutionary 3D immersive platform designed to enhance virtual collaboration.

“Mesh immersive spaces really offers something kind of magical and special as we’re all feeling we’re there together,” said Alexandre Godin, principal product manager of the Microsoft Mesh product team.

“There is a ton of value in asynchronous communication or video calls, but sometimes you really need to get together in a room to create that deeper engagement and connection.”

By allowing employees to interact in immersive spaces, Mesh overcomes the isolation often felt in traditional video calls. This sense of physical togetherness, facilitated by avatars and virtual environments, is pivotal for maintaining team cohesion and morale in a hybrid work setting.

Moreover, Mesh’s seamless integration within Teams ensures a frictionless user experience. Security is another cornerstone of Mesh, ensuring that users can collaborate in a secure virtual space. 

This focus on comprehensive security, combined with the platform’s accessibility across familiar devices, underscores Microsoft’s dedication to creating inclusive and safe environments for all users.

“For the first time, it’s really easy to use and is accessible to everyone in Teams,” says Sara Bush, a principal product manager for the team in Microsoft Digital (MSD), the company’s IT organization. “I’m not here and you’re there; we are all here together in virtual reality.”

Feedback from Microsoft employees, crucial in the development process, has highlighted Mesh’s transformative impact on collaboration. 

The platform not only facilitates more engaging and productive meetings but also supports diverse work styles and preferences, making it a versatile tool for various business needs.

“We want to make sure we’re looking at things from the customer’s point of view, which is why we have a great system where our internal early adopters can test and evaluate products and report any issues,” says Rachel Castillote, a senior product manager leading the Teams Early Experience service in Microsoft Digital.”

Aside from Microsoft, startup Katmai has also created a virtual office platform that aims to make remote collaboration feel more like in-person collaboration.

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