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

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

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

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?

Text to Anything is changing content creation

The Metaverse is disrupting world in various ways already today. In my article No one can be told what the Metaverse is I touched the subject of content creation by the Artificial Intelligence. After a while I thought this is a good topic to keep on writing about. Text to ImageText to videos and speechThere … Continue reading Text to Anything is changing content creation

How to use and create Microsoft Mesh Avatars

Microsoft announced Microsoft Mesh Avatars for Teams during Microsoft Ignite 2022 event. I touched about avatars in my Ignite news blog post earlier, but now it is the time to take a better look what Mesh Avatars can do and how they can change meetings. I have been using these Avatars in the Private Preview … Continue reading How to use and create Microsoft Mesh Avatars

No one can be told what the Metaverse is

Or can they? Of course we can tell what the Metaverse is! You can ask that from 100 different people and you will have 100 different variations in the return. It is kind of quantum mechanics - you think you know what it is until you ask. The good seems to be that all of … Continue reading No one can be told what the Metaverse is

See you at ESPC22 and Microsoft 365 Conference 2022!

One tour of speaking behind me, I am heading towards the next one as the month advances. I am very excited and happy to be stepping in person to the stage in two great Microsoft supported conferences. At first I will be traveling to Denmark for ESPC22 and after that event is over my tour … Continue reading See you at ESPC22 and Microsoft 365 Conference 2022!

First Impressions of the Meta Quest Pro

I was one of those who decided to ride the first wave of Meta Quest Pro users. It was not an easy decision to do, since by all means spending $1500 (or 1800 euros, as in my case) of my own money for a headset requires a lot of justification. Once the decision and pre-order … Continue reading First Impressions of the Meta Quest Pro

What’s new in Microsoft Whiteboard today and what’s on the roadmap

Whiteboard is an essential tool when it comes to working together in the Metaverse. Since you can use, for example Microsoft's version, Whiteboard across multiple devices to bring everyone together to the same digital canvas it is a true Metaverse-tool. For example you can work on the same digital board using your laptop, your tablet, … Continue reading What’s new in Microsoft Whiteboard today and what’s on the roadmap

Avatars of the Metaverse: Recap of GITEX, Microsoft Ignite and South Coast Summit

Last week was a busy one for me. And everything had something to do with the Metaverse, speaking and seeing friends. These properties seem to connect all the dots for me these days since if I travel to somewhere it is very often because I will be speaking in an event, and when I do … Continue reading Avatars of the Metaverse: Recap of GITEX, Microsoft Ignite and South Coast Summit

Microsoft Mesh to Teams, Microsoft Teams, Loop and other news from Microsoft Ignite 2022

Microsoft Ignite 2022 brought up a big number of various announcements, new tech and innovations. And we didn't expect for anything less. This time, after some break, Microsoft Ignite also had on-site events. Unlike one huge 20000+ attendee event, this was a truly hybrid event that allowed people join and participate via online or in … Continue reading Microsoft Mesh to Teams, Microsoft Teams, Loop and other news from Microsoft Ignite 2022

Of the Metaverse Presence and Holoportation

It is a very exciting week ahead for me. As I am writing this blog post I am sitting on a train to the airport of Helsinki-Vantaa (and finalized the post at Heathrow airport in UK) where I will depart for a packed tour of exciting events and speaking. On Monday 10th I will be … Continue reading Of the Metaverse Presence and Holoportation

Event season and worklife tech updates with new iPhone and Surface Laptop Studio

I am writing this article during Microsoft Finland Modern Work and Security Roadshow / Tour. It has been some time since something like this happened in Finland and I am honored to be part of event speakers during this tour, that took me around Finland in a train. The good thing about train travel is … Continue reading Event season and worklife tech updates with new iPhone and Surface Laptop Studio

Big Industry and a retro-glance at the Metaverse One

Metaverse One, the Community Metaverse Conference 2022, was live at 7th of September. As one of the organizers of the event I think it is time to share some information how I felt the event went. In a very short summary: we are extremely happy for the reception and to the event. This was the … Continue reading Big Industry and a retro-glance at the Metaverse One

Metaverse City – Smart City and Place

When we usually talk about the Metaverse it is easy to limit ourselves to think only meetings, collaboration, virtual realities, NFTs, Blockchains and so on. We can think about smart spaces – that could be in a form of  Connected Spaces of which I wrote earlier - and Industrial Metaverse with Field Workers. Thinking the … Continue reading Metaverse City – Smart City and Place

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides – on the job guidance with Mixed Reality

A while back I wrote about The Perfect Field Worker Day in this blog. In that post I connected several technologies to create the perfect day for maintenance worker. One of technologies highlighted there was Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides, which can be used to train field workers on new tasks - and the tech can … Continue reading Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides – on the job guidance with Mixed Reality

Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces connects physical spaces to the metaverse

Dynamics 365 solutions have been on the first wave of creating metaverse solutions to the real life applications, especially when thinking manufacturing industry, maintenance, process automation, retail and field workers. They have also had a solution for bringing your space information to the digital world to better understand how people are moving in that space … Continue reading Dynamics 365 Connected Spaces connects physical spaces to the metaverse

Join Metaverse One – a Microsoft Metaverse community event on September 7th 2022

I welcome all my readers to join us at the Metaverse One. As I am one of main organizers for the event I of course want to make you aware about what's available for you all. Metaverse One is community driven - there isn't any selling invovled if you register. It is also 100% free … Continue reading Join Metaverse One – a Microsoft Metaverse community event on September 7th 2022

A Metaverse customer experience

Welcome to my Metaverse day! Today I will take you to a journey when I vision how Metaverse will be affecting our tourism and customer experience in the future. In some cases this future is already here but not that many businesses are thinking about how they will be using the Metaverse this way. Yet. … Continue reading A Metaverse customer experience

A perfect Field Worker day

Welcome back to the my Metaverse day! This time I am going to walk you through to a day in modern Field Workers life and how Metaverse tech, that includes mixed reality and other devices, can make their day a perfect one. We can call our fictional field worker Marilyn in this example and follow … Continue reading A perfect Field Worker day

Synthesia – Metaverse era video creation tool

Recently I came across Synthesia tool, which is a very Metaverse Era -way to create presentations and videos with text-to-speech. I have had only chance to use the public demo version so far, but this definitely looks something I could be testing out later in the autumn for real. In short: you use text to … Continue reading Synthesia – Metaverse era video creation tool

4th MVP award 🥰 (and how to set your Quiet time/DnD in Teams / Office 365 for vacation!)

Tuesday evening I got the information I was renewed as MVP for my 4rd year. I am extremely happy and very honored about this! Being a Microsoft MVP has been great experience, because the community rocks! Sharing knowledge and insights, having fun and making new friends, meeting people in person at events and impacting & … Continue reading 4th MVP award 🥰 (and how to set your Quiet time/DnD in Teams / Office 365 for vacation!)

Mojo Vision – XR Contact Lenses

Thanks to a colleague of mine I took a look at Mojo Vision. I was surprised that this had totally been hidden from my radar so far. In short: Mojo Vision is a contact lens with Extended / Augmented Reality capabilities. Just a few days ago Mojo published an article about their CEO testing out … Continue reading Mojo Vision – XR Contact Lenses

Microsoft Mesh for Teams – what we know and expect?

Microsoft Mesh, the platform for Metaverse, is going to be powering Mesh for Teams. Mesh itself won't be a new product in the catalogue, but instead it will be powering different applications that allows us to enter virtual or extended worlds. If you have used HoloLens 2 Mesh application you can see Microsoft Mesh working … Continue reading Microsoft Mesh for Teams – what we know and expect?

Metaverse interoperatibility takes a step forward

In this post you can read my insights about Metaverse Standards Forum and why Amazon Proteus is a big thing. Metaverse Standards ForumIndustrial Metaverse automation achievements: Amazon ProteusHave a great Midsummer 2022! Metaverse Standards Forum Metaverse standards forum published good news this week. The standardization of Metaverse is stepping forward as numerous players join the … Continue reading Metaverse interoperatibility takes a step forward

Digital Twins and Holoportation with HoloLens 2

If you haven't attended Microsoft Envision UK recently you might have this great video how you can utilize HoloLens 2 for Holoportation, Digital Twins and with more photorealistic avatas (well, at least the top portrait of them) in an easy way. In the video Alex Karim, Metaverse Lead at Microsoft UK, discusses and demos with … Continue reading Digital Twins and Holoportation with HoloLens 2

Metaverse trade: buy a NFT, get also the physical item

There has been quite a lot of chatter about NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) in the Metaverse context. How crypto + NFT democratizes trade and allows us to own digital art, avatar decors and land in the Metaverse. You could be buying land in the Decentraland buy Gucci clothing for your Roblox avatars and set up a … Continue reading Metaverse trade: buy a NFT, get also the physical item

Some thoughts about upcoming Apple and Qualcomm headsets

Both Apple and Qualcomm has been recently in the news about their Mixed Reality headsets / glasses. These will certainly bring interesting features to the market and have the chance to allowing more people to be aware about the metaverse - and enter it. Apple has been quite good on making their products look interesting … Continue reading Some thoughts about upcoming Apple and Qualcomm headsets

Microsoft Build 2022 Spotlight at Microsoft UK

This time I didn't attend or follow Microsoft Build just online, but instead I was speaking at the Microsoft Build Spotlight UK live on stage at Microsoft UK headquarters at Reading. I had the pleasure to spend time with my good friend Chris Hoard and meet several UK Tech Community friends like Chirag Patel, Chris … Continue reading Microsoft Build 2022 Spotlight at Microsoft UK

Microsoft Build In Focus: Mesh for Teams Metaverse

Unlike it looked yesterday, we got more information about Mesh for Teams and the Metaverse during Into Focus : Preparing for Metaverse session Tuesday evening. I was happy to be part of virtual MVP audience of that session too! There were some very interesting pieces of information released during Satya Nadella's keynote speak combined with … Continue reading Microsoft Build In Focus: Mesh for Teams Metaverse