Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave a speech at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research’s Economic Summit.
At that time, the public was able to get a glimpse of Mesh, the much-awaited expansion for Teams and the next logical step in virtual meetings.
In essence, instead of having a conversation with someone on the other end of the line, that person will appear in your own virtual space.
This is an experience that Microsoft refers to as “a world without boundaries”.
Perhaps this will never replace traditional real-world business meetings as we know them, but Microsoft wants to bring us as close to that as possible.
However, there are certain obstacles that stand in the way of making this happen.
For instance, certain industries such as airlines depend on business travel to generate revenue.
Also, convincing people to wear Hololens glasses will be a challenge.
To stand a chance, the technology will also need to be reasonably priced.
Everything considered, there is something liberating about having the option to avoid a long flight in a cramped airplane only for the sake of attending a business meeting.
If the virtual environment of Microsoft Mesh can make it come alive in vibrant colours, then the deal will be hard to pass up, weird goggles or not.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to explore the area of conducting business in a remote manner, and technology has stepped in to fill that hole.
Now, more than ever, many are beginning to see that certain things that society has tried to sell us as necessary may, in fact, be far from it.
After all, doing business with someone you have never met in person is no longer something that is unheard of.