Microsoft Unveiled Mixed-Reality Platform Mesh

With Mesh you will initially be able to express yourself as avatar in shared virtual experiences and over time use holoportation to project yourself as you most lifelike.

On Tuesday, Microsoft at its Ignite digital conference introduced Microsoft Mesh, which is a new mixed-reality platform powered by Azure that enables users in different physical locations to join collaborative and shared holographic experiences on many kinds of devices.

With Mesh you will initially be able to express yourself as avatar in shared virtual experiences and overtime use holoportation to project yourself as you most lifelike, photorealistic selves.

Microsoft said that Mesh is the result of years of Microsoft research and development in areas spanning from hand and eye-tracking and HoloLens development to creating persistent holograms and AI models that can create expressive avatars. 

"You can actually feel like you’re in the same place with someone sharing content or you can teleport from different mixed reality devices and be present with people even when you’re not physically together." said Alex Kipman, Microsoft Technical Fellow.

The platform will also enable geographically distributed teams to have more collaborative meetings, conduct virtual design sessions, learn together and host virtual social meetups. 

The platform will soon offer developers a full suite of AI-powered tools for avatars, session management, and spatial rendering. It will also provide synchronization across multiple users and holoportation to build collaborative solutions in mixed reality.

At Ignite, the company announced two apps built on the Microsoft Mesh platform. A preview of the Microsoft Mesh app for HoloLens, which enables team members to remotely collaborate is available for download.  You can also request access to a new version of Mesh-enabled AltspaceVR. AltspaceVR allows companies to hold meetings and work gatherings in virtual reality.