Microsoft Is Making Rapid Progress Towards Meeting App

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 Microsoft made it quite plain this week at its annual conference for customers, partners, and analysts that it does not envision the world reverting to anything near its 2019 condition. Leaders frequently argue that the cloud and the network edge are where companies will perform the majority of their computing in the future — and where the firm is concentrating its efforts and making the most significant advancements.

Microsoft Is Making Rapid Progress Toward the Future of Meetings
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Three key takeaways from Microsoft Ignite 2021, which wrapped up less than six months after the conclusion of the 2020 edition:

Microsoft Is Making Significant Moves Towards the Future of Meetings

The business garnered headlines with its jaw-dropping display of Microsoft Mesh, a mixed-reality world that CIO.com compared to "Second Life on steroids." Microsoft Mesh enables users of the company's HoloLens 2 headgear to co-create and communicate in virtual settings. Mesh fits seamlessly with Microsoft Teams, the company's collaboration tool.

“Mesh enables real holographic interaction with people, with actual presence,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella noted at the conference. “For instance, I can participate in a birthday party in India with my extended family, conversing as if we were physically there without the need for screens. Alternatively, I can collaborate with colleagues on the opposite side of the planet as if we were in the same room. It's difficult to fathom, yet this is the future we're constructing. ”

For organizations that are unable or unwilling to invest in the technology required to support such experiences during staff meetings, Microsoft announced over 100 enhancements to its regular Teams and Microsoft 365 platforms, including virtual breakout rooms that enable the establishment of subgroups and Microsoft Connect, which enables organizations to build Teams channels for individuals outside the company.

Additionally, it unveiled new integrations with Teams Rooms, including an assortment of physical hardware — from Microsoft partners Lenovo, Crestron, Poly, Logitech, and others, as well as some of its own — that interacts with Teams software capabilities to provide cutting-edge meeting experiences for both those inside and outside the room.

Microsoft's Future Is Cloud-Based

Since Nadella became CEO seven years ago, Microsoft has been actively growing its cloud business, and its Azure platform is now extremely competitive with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform. The seamless integration of Azure with Microsoft's entire array of business apps, including Microsoft Dynamics, Teams, and Office 365, is a critical distinction.

“More than a decade ago, we announced our allegiance to the cloud, believing in its transformative potential and the opportunity it would bring for every organization,” Nadella said.

The epidemic has compelled many firms to accelerate their cloud adoption in order to accommodate distant work settings. Nadella expressed confidence that the trend would continue over the next decade. Businesses "will demand far more from technology, and particularly the cloud," in the coming years, particularly as they strive to decentralize their computing resources in order to manage ever-increasing workloads. “Cloud and edge computing will develop to address all of these real-world requirements,” he said.

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