The hybrid workspace is here to stay. That was the message behind several dramatic announcements Microsoft made at its Ignite online event today, many of them centered on the company’s Teams collaboration app.
Here are 5 top takeaways from Microsoft Ignite:
> Mesh for Teams: Microsoft takes Teams into the metaverse, allowing meeting participants to appear as digital avatars. And you’ll be able to use it from a standard laptop or smartphone (though you can also use a VR headset). It’s scheduled to roll out next year. Here's a look:
> Loop: An app that creates a “canvas” on which teams can collectively plan, collaborate and create. There are 3 components: Workspaces, Pages and Components. Availability for Loop hasn’t been announced yet.
> Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces: Uses AI to take observation data captured by cameras to unlock insights and respond to new trends. Previously called Connected Store and offered to retailers only, it’s been renamed and expanded for all industries. A preview version will be available in December.
> Context IQ: Capabilities for Dynamics 365 and MS 365 that integrate collaboration into the workflow, and predict and suggest information you might need. That could mean recommending relevant files for a document or suggesting the right people for meetings — and find a time when everyone’s free.
> Viva: An employee-experience platform, it brings together communications, knowledge, learning and insights. Announced earlier this year, Viva is now being made generally available to everyone. Also, Viva’s original 4 modules have now been repackaged as a single suite.