Microsoft prepares the latest presentation on the “industrial metaverse”

Earlier this year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella indicated that Microsoft does not believe there is a centralized metaverse. However, he believes there are multiple metaverse platforms. While the Teams for Mesh platform makes for fun demonstrations of what most people think when they hear “metaverse,” Microsoft has also developed a more realistic “industrial metaverse” platform.

At the Build Developer Conference, to be held at the end of the month, one of Microsoft’s key sessions will focus on “Preparing for the metaverse”. As described, this session will focus on how businesses can benefit from “metaverse experiences.” There will also be a session on how the IoT (internet of things) powers everything, “from the interior to the metaverse”.

Microsoft has been working for more than a year to put all of the company’s technologies relevant to those talking about the metaverse. Last year at the Build conference, Microsoft started talking about the enterprise metaverse technology stack. The company says everything from Azure IoT, Azure Digital Twins, and Azure Maps, to Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure AI, Power Platform, and HoloLens has become the foundation for future “metaverse apps.”

Immersive spaces for meetings with Mesh

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

In the latest call at Microsoft’s revenue conference, Satya Nadella said Microsoft is “at the forefront of innovation in the industry’s new metaverse.” He cites the company’s work on IoT, digital twins, mixed reality applications, and connected spaces (which, for now, refers to the Dynamics 365 product formerly known as the Connected Store) as key elements of the industrial metaverse strategy. .

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

IoT and digital twins at the root of the metaverse

In a recent LinkedIn post, Tony Shakib, GM/Partner for Azure IoT at Microsoft, contributed to the discussion on Microsoft’s business metaverse. IoT and digital twin technologies, he said, are still central to the company’s worldview: “Our industrial metaverse is a collection of smart clouds and smart edge capabilities working together. At their core is Azure IoT, which connects physical assets and runs cloud intelligence – and Azure Digital Twins, which offers the ability to model anything physical or logical, from simple tools to products. »

While holoportation simulation and customizable avatars that interact with beautiful virtual worlds are on Microsoft’s metaverse roadmap, it’s the shorter term deliverables of edge/IoT, machine learning, and digital twin spaces that are the place where Microsoft and partners are most likely to make money above all else. another.

We hope to have more information on this vision in the industrial metaverse during the Construction conference on May 24th.


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