As the world continues to adapt to hybrid work environments, the need for effective and efficient communication tools is more important than ever. Traditional large meeting rooms are evolving, because organizations recognize that many employees will be attending meetings remotely. This shift has led to a rising need for agile spaces where a few ( … Continue reading Introducing Logitech Rally Bar Huddle: Transforming Small Meeting Spaces
Author: Vesa Nopanen "Mr. Metaverse"
Microsoft Build 2023 news, part 2: Copilot and Artificial Intelligence
This article, Microsoft Build 2023 Part 2,is sharing more of my picks and thoughts Microsoft announced today. Artificial intelligence was of course very prominent, and that was not a surprise. AI is accelerating digitalization and the metaverse faster than ever. It is changing how we work, and this year will be remembered the moment when … Continue reading Microsoft Build 2023 news, part 2: Copilot and Artificial Intelligence
Microsoft Build 2023, Part 1: Microsoft Mesh & Teams
Join me on these two articles to learn the most relevant, on areas of this blog scope, highlights & announcements of Microsoft Build 2023, the annual developer conference that highlights the latest innovations and technologies from Microsoft. Yes, Artificial Intelligence was the top word today, as expected, but Microsoft Mesh did pop out as well … Continue reading Microsoft Build 2023, Part 1: Microsoft Mesh & Teams
Virtual assistants of the Metaverse era
The AI has taken the stage when it comes to hype and news. No wonder, since these Large Language Model AIs have shown they are very versatile and capable to meet a lot of different needs. And it doesn't stop there. As technology continues to advance, the concept of the metaverse is becoming more and … Continue reading Virtual assistants of the Metaverse era
The Future of Work with Microsoft Copilot in Whiteboard, Copilot Early Access Program and 2023 Work Trend Index
Microsoft announced this week the Copilot for Microsoft Whiteboard, a tool designed to enhance brainstorming and collaboration by using AI to generate ideas, organize them into themes, create visual designs, and summarize content. This new feature is powered by Generative AI that understands and generates text and create visual designs based on ideas generated during … Continue reading The Future of Work with Microsoft Copilot in Whiteboard, Copilot Early Access Program and 2023 Work Trend Index
Elevating Teams Meetings with Intelligent Recap and Copilot
Have you thought how you could be in three meetings at the same time? Or skip two of them but stay up to date what that meeting was about and what is expected of you? Artificial Intelligence is bringing that to Microsoft Teams meetings with Teams Premium feature called Intelligent Recap. With Intelligent Recap you … Continue reading Elevating Teams Meetings with Intelligent Recap and Copilot
Logitech MX Master 3s for Business
It has been a hectic, busy and wonderful week at Seattle, US. MVP Summit was held hybrid this year and I traveled to Redmond to connect, learn and have great time with the MVP community. Since all content is under NDA, I can't tell anything about sessions or learnings, but I can share that I … Continue reading Logitech MX Master 3s for Business
Microsoft Audio Dock review
It is time for another cool device review! I got a loan device for Microsoft so I can try it out. In very short summary it is a great accessory that is really easy to set up and use. It works very wonderfully in Teams calls. At the end of the article I say a … Continue reading Microsoft Audio Dock review
Artificial Intelligence is transforming cameras to multipurpose devices
AI is everywhere. And it is going to be even more everywhere and help us out in various scenarios. I have written about AI and it's uses in multiple posts - and more will be coming. This time, because on rumors regarding Apple's MR/VR headset, it inspired to write my some of my thoughts on … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence is transforming cameras to multipurpose devices
How to create and use custom Microsoft Whiteboard templates
What is latest new with Microsoft Whiteboard currently is the capability to save and share your own templates. This way you can design a whiteboard template that can be used again and again. For example you could design a template for your project meetings and saving & sharing that template others can reuse your work, … Continue reading How to create and use custom Microsoft Whiteboard templates
Which one of video editing tools you would choose: FlexClip or ClipChamp?
I use video editing tools quite often in my work and social activities. The video is more and more widely used format and there are lots of tools available that you can use and choose from. For this post I thought I pick two of them: Flexclip, which is a browser based editor, and ClipChamp … Continue reading Which one of video editing tools you would choose: FlexClip or ClipChamp?
The New Microsoft Teams client and Avatars are in public preview!
Today it was finally announced by Microsoft – the long awaited new Microsoft Teams client for work is making its first appearance to public! While we have enjoyed new Teams app on consumer side, what we really wanted is the new Teams we can use at work. I have had the pleasure to try out … Continue reading The New Microsoft Teams client and Avatars are in public preview!
Jump to Future of Work with Microsoft 365 Copilot
Recently Microsoft announced something that has been making waves in the world of productivity: Microsoft 365 Copilot. What is it and why all the buzz? Microsoft 365 Copilot is a new tool that combines the power of artificial intelligence with your data and the apps you use every day to help you do amazing things … Continue reading Jump to Future of Work with Microsoft 365 Copilot
Work with NVIDIA Omniverse using Microsoft Teams and Azure
Watching NVIDIA GTC event yesterday brought up interesting news and information. NVIDIA GTC is The Conference for the Era of AI and the Metaverse. Omniverse has been very strong with Industrial Metaverse and strong supporter for standardized Metaverse using Universal Scene Description (USD). With GTC announcements it is only strengthening its position on the field. … Continue reading Work with NVIDIA Omniverse using Microsoft Teams and Azure
GPT-4: The Next Frontier of Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most rapidly evolving area of technology today. AI has the potential to transform various aspects of our lives, from entertainment to education to business. Development of AI has come a long way, and one of the most significant advancements in this field is in the development of Natural … Continue reading GPT-4: The Next Frontier of Artificial Intelligence
Avatars in Teams for everyone + How to prepare for Loop App preview!
There has been exciting news this week! Avatars for Teams have a month when it starts to roll out for everyone, Microsoft Build dates & registration is open and also that Microsoft Loop App is coming to Public Preview - and how you can enable it to your users. Avatars for TeamsMicrosoft Build 2023Loop application … Continue reading Avatars in Teams for everyone + How to prepare for Loop App preview!
How AI is Enabling the Metaverse
The concept of the metaverse has captured the imagination of many, promising to transform the way we interact with each other and the digital world. Then we read news like Zuckerberg has quietly buried the metaverse and in the article is stated "the metaverse is dead". I disagree with that. It can be accurate for … Continue reading How AI is Enabling the Metaverse
Jabra Evolve2 Buds: review and experiences
Jabra Evolve2 Buds are true wireless earbuds that are designed for hybrid working and supporting on the go needs. Buds are certified for Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google. In short: Evolve2 buds offer solid sound quality, comfortable fit, a range of features and are certified for Microsoft Teams. I was very impressed about how good … Continue reading Jabra Evolve2 Buds: review and experiences
Logitech Litra Beam: review and experiences
Thanks to Logitech, I got a chance to test Logitech Litra Beam light. This is a LED light with a desktop mount, that you can connect to your PC or just to USB power source - and use your computer with Bluetooth to control the light. Litra Beam is part of Creator's series, but I … Continue reading Logitech Litra Beam: review and experiences
Microsoft Presenter+ review
Thanks to Microsoft, I got finally my hands to test Microsoft Presenter+, the remote controller for PowerPoint presentations. Yes, I do like it and it does what is promises regarding being the device for Microsoft Teams meetings. Key features Microsoft Teams -certified Connected via Bluetooth Button for mute and unmute, works also in Microsoft Teams … Continue reading Microsoft Presenter+ review
Meta Quest Pro and the Mixed Reality experiences
Recently I have been checking out what capabilities Meta Quest Pro can provide if you start to think about using Meta Quest devices for Mixed Reality. Already in my first look on Meta Quest Pro I made a note that the passthrough option it provides leaves a lot of room for improvement. The passthrough created … Continue reading Meta Quest Pro and the Mixed Reality experiences
How Chat AI is Going to Revolutionize Our Work and Search
I was planning to write a blog post about the rise of Chat AI and GPTs. However, this morning I received email that I got access to the new Bing and it revolutionized that idea in the instant. I could not resist, but try it myself for various cases and I also discovered why this … Continue reading How Chat AI is Going to Revolutionize Our Work and Search
Microsoft Loops in Whiteboard, Word Online and other new features
I had a great moment this week, during rainy Tuesday morning at my home. I was going through my tenants, which I do very often but especially before upcoming webinar I am presenting, to see what's new in Microsoft Teams and Microsoft 365. I have been testing Microsoft Loop + Microsoft Whiteboard combination from time … Continue reading Microsoft Loops in Whiteboard, Word Online and other new features
How to use RTMP-In with Microsoft Teams meetings
One of new Teams Premium features that is coming to Microsoft Teams is RTMP-In capability. This means that you can bring in content that is produced with external encoder, like studio equipment or OBS Studio for example, directly to Microsoft Teams meeting. This allows creation of custom meeting layouts and features to make events have … Continue reading How to use RTMP-In with Microsoft Teams meetings
Metaverse One 2023: New Speakers, video and info!
Metaverse One 2023 is happening in half a year - on September 20th 2023. We are progressing on setting up the conference on track. We are announcing exciting news regarding the event! 9 New Featured Speakers have joined Metaverse One 2023! Welcoming Dona Sarkar and Imogen Schifferle from Microsoft and from the community Arome Ibrahim, … Continue reading Metaverse One 2023: New Speakers, video and info!
Microsoft Mesh today
Microsoft released a news article related to Microsoft Mesh on 16th of January 2023. While they didn't reveal any timeline they did share interesting information about Microsoft Mesh use and also on it's capabilities. Working together Microsoft, World Economic Forum (Forum) and Accenture have built an early adopter experience for the World Economic Forum Annual … Continue reading Microsoft Mesh today
First impressions on the new Microsoft Teams on HoloLens 2
Did you know that Microsoft Guides in HoloLens 2 includes also Microsoft Teams client? And that Microsoft Teams Remote Assist are now available inside the Guides application? I got to try the functionality with my colleague Miska Kytö when I visited Sulava Helsinki office. This time we skipped Guides part and focused on Microsoft Teams … Continue reading First impressions on the new Microsoft Teams on HoloLens 2
Metaverse for Healthcare
Continuing the Metaverse use cases in various industries it is time to take a look at the Healthcare. Industrial Metaverse is more matured than other areas of the Metaverse: enterprise and consumer. This is because industry has had a need and a clear use cases for the Metaverse for a really long time. This journey … Continue reading Metaverse for Healthcare
Logitech BRIO 505: review
I got to try (thanks to Logitech) out their BRIO 505 webcam. This is a Logitech's business-line Microsoft Teams certified FullHD webcam with an economic price-tag ($130). It comes with a nice built-in privacy shield and you can also use it as a document camera. Feature-wise I like 90/78/65 FoV and the AI zooming / … Continue reading Logitech BRIO 505: review
Social Presence in the Metaverse
Social presence is different in the future. The more you have 2D meetings the more you see the lack of real presence in larger meetings. Many people have cameras off and it doesn't help when you try to create connection. Avatars will be bringing part of the presence back, but at this point most of … Continue reading Social Presence in the Metaverse
Logitech Litra Glow LED streaming light: review
Logitech Litra Glow is a very portable and not too expensive premium LED light that you can take it with you when traveling, or you know you need to amp up the lightning when in meetings. Or should I make bad joke and mention "one liter of Glow". That is what I thought the first … Continue reading Logitech Litra Glow LED streaming light: review
2022 wrap up and looking forward for 2023!
The year 2022 is taking it's final steps before yielding to 2023. I will be taking some time off to spend quality time with my family and recharging from quite a hectic year. But before I do that, I want to of course have a short summary of the year 2022 and look ahead what … Continue reading 2022 wrap up and looking forward for 2023!
Metaverse One 2023: September 20th 2023
Hey hey hey - it is time to SAVE THE DATE: September 20th 2023 to your calendars , as is it going to be the day for the next Metaverse One event! As before, it will be 100% Virtual & Online, 100% Community and 100% Free! Metaverse One will have multiple online rooms that has … Continue reading Metaverse One 2023: September 20th 2023
Logitech Zone 125 headset: experiences and review
I have recently had the pleasure and chance to test out a few Logitech products aimed for the office, home office and also to travel use. I of course thank you Logitech for giving me a chance to loan to test out these products. Since I work with collaboration using Microsoft Teams this is the … Continue reading Logitech Zone 125 headset: experiences and review
Why Avatars don’t have legs?
During the #ESPC22 Conference I had interesting conversations with attendees about avatars, that expanded to body image and inclusion talks. That is the beauty of international conferences - you engage with people coming from different backgrounds, cultures, companies and the most importantly having different experiences. All that sparks for inspiring and sparring conversations you don't … Continue reading Why Avatars don’t have legs?