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Microsoft jumps on the metaverse bandwagon with immersive video calling and 3D spaces

This announcement comes days after Facebook announced its corporate rebranding to emphasise its focus on the metaverse.

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"It's no longer just looking at camera view of a factory floor. You can be on the floor. It's no longer just video conferencing with colleagues. You can be with them in the same room," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on November 2 announcing the company's plans for the metaverse. At an event called Microsoft Ignite, the company revealed its efforts to build for the metaverse, including Mesh, an immersive space within Microsoft Teams that lets you interact with avatars of colleagues in a 3D environment. Microsoft's announcement comes days after Facebook announced its corporate rebranding to Meta to represent its focus on the metaverse. If the priorities of big tech companies are any indication, the metaverse might just be the "successor to the internet," even if we don't fully understand it yet. Microsoft announces workplace tools focused on the metaverse…

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