Microsoft prepares its latest presentation of the “industrial metaverse”

Microsoft is preparing its latest presentation of it

Earlier this year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that Microsoft did not believe there would ever be a single centralized metavers. Instead, he believes there will be many metaverse platforms. While its Teams for Mesh platform provides fun demonstrations of what many people think of when they hear “metaverse,” Microsoft is also developing its more realistic “industrial metaverse” platform.

At the Build Developer Conference, which will be held later this month, one of Microsoft’s keynote sessions will focus on “Preparing for the metaverse”. According to the description, this session will focus on how companies can benefit from “metaverse experiences.” There will also be a session on how the IoT (Internet of Things) drives everything, “from the edge to the meta-verse”.

Microsoft has been working for more than a year to position all of the company’s technologies so that they are relevant to those talking about the meta-verse. Last year at the Build conference, Microsoft began talking about the company’s metaverse technology stack. The company said everything from Azure IoT, Azure Digital Twins and Azure Maps to Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure AI, Power Platform and HoloLens formed the basis of upcoming “metaverse apps”.

Immersive space for meetings with Mesh

Microsoft unveiled its Azure-powered Mesh mixed-reality collaboration platform at the Build conference in May 2021. Later, at Ignite this fall, Microsoft announced plans to integrate Mesh with Teams and make a preview of Mesh for Teams in 2022, which will include .a. a set of pre-built immersive spaces for meetings and later tools for customers to create their own custom spaces.

At Microsoft’s latest earnings conference, Satya Nadella said Microsoft is “at the forefront of innovation in the new industry metaverse.” He cited the company’s work in IoT, digital twins, mixed reality applications and connected spaces (which so far refers to the Dynamics 365 product formerly known as the Connected Store) as the basic elements of its industrial metaverse strategy.

Connected Spaces seems to be a category where Microsoft will add new Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) over time and use its machine learning, computer vision and IoT technologies to help customers better understand their environments.

IoT and digital twins at the root of the meta-verse

In a recent LinkedIn post, Tony Shakib, GM / Partner for Azure IoT at Microsoft, contributed to the discussion of Microsoft’s enterprise metaverse. IoT and digital twin technologies are, he says, still central to the corporate worldview: “Our industrial metaverse is a collection of smart cloud and smart edge features working together. At their core are the Azure IoT, which connects physical assets and runs cloud intelligence – and the Azure Digital Twins, which offer the ability to model everything physical or logical, from simple devices to products to complex environments. »

While holoportation simulations and customizable avatars that interact in fancy virtual worlds are certainly on Microsoft’s metaverse roadmap, it’s the short-term results in edge / IoT, machine learning and digital twin areas that will be where Microsoft and partners are likely to make money above all else. other things.

We hope to have more information on this vision of the industrial metavers during the Build conference on 24 May.


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