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

Microsoft Build 2022 recap on Microsoft Teams, Mesh for Teams and Microsoft Metaverse

Welcome to read my recap blog post of what's been announced at Microsoft Build 2022! This post focuses on Microsoft Teams and Metaverse news. I was hoping to see more news about Mesh for Teams, but apart from "more news/information in upcoming monts" and some very interesting videos & pictures we were not shared much … Continue reading Microsoft Build 2022 recap on Microsoft Teams, Mesh for Teams and Microsoft Metaverse

Meta Project Cambria, Google Smart Glasses and Ready Player Me

Metaverse is not just about Microsoft Metaverse. There are several big and numerous smaller players heading into the Metaverse. While I do tend to focus on Microsoft Metaverse because it plays at the enterprise level. These two recent news in the post subject really got my attention as well as Ready Player Me, so I … Continue reading Meta Project Cambria, Google Smart Glasses and Ready Player Me

Meet you in-person and digitally at Microsoft Build 2022!

I am very happy to announce that I am returning to speak at Microsoft Build 2022! This time I will be speaking in-person at Microsoft UK regional event - all sessions are also streamed online so you can attend Microsoft Build from anywhere. As before, Microsoft Build 2022 is free to attend so it is … Continue reading Meet you in-person and digitally at Microsoft Build 2022!

Metaverse use cases for businesses

The question often asked is: what makes Metaverse such a big game changer and what else can you do with it than just virtual reality meetings? We don't even know all use cases yet, because with Metaverse only imagination is the limit. I have touched here on my blog various uses besides meetings: trainings/learning and … Continue reading Metaverse use cases for businesses

Why Metaverse in Teams is going to make a difference

While there isn't any new information about Mesh for Teams it is good to already think why and when you would be using immersive meeting instead of 2D (traditional / normal) Teams meeting. The end of H1 / 2022 is advancing rapidly and in Microsoft Ignite 2021 they stated that Mesh for Teams preview would … Continue reading Why Metaverse in Teams is going to make a difference

Metaverse revolutionizes learning and training in the future

How will we train and learn in Metaverse in the future? What new opportunities does new technology bring us? TLDR;  a lot - to the point where Metaverse changes many ways in learning & education and how we practice on physical and digital world. With metaverse and virtual reality, you can have much more training and … Continue reading Metaverse revolutionizes learning and training in the future

Better, flexible & sustainable, work and events with Metaverse

This doesn't happen too often to me: writing a blog post that has environmental topic. But since the world is changing due to lots reasons this is an another topic I need and want to touch upon. We all have been in plenty of 2D meetings and events since the pandemic started. Lots of events … Continue reading Better, flexible & sustainable, work and events with Metaverse

Metaverse needs to be a safe place for everyone

This is a bit of not-so-happy topic but at the same time it is a very important one. How will it be possible in the metaverse to ensure that everyone feels safe there? We all have read, unfortunately lots of people have also first hand experience, about online harassment happening in the social, in gaming, … Continue reading Metaverse needs to be a safe place for everyone

Conversations with an AI

We encounter and use AI more than we possibly realize - usually knowing it is an AI or program but often we don't even realize it is an AI (or algorithm / program) that is doing it's magic. Digitalization and automation and content abundance challenges mean that we will face AI more and more daily. … Continue reading Conversations with an AI

Voice UI enables content creation in the Metaverse

We will be mostly speaking to each other in the Metaverse, instead of typing our messages, then why not to do the same when we create the content? Yes, we use Whiteboards and other manipulative objects with our digital twin hands (aka avatar's hands) but we also need to create text-based content. Why wouldn't we … Continue reading Voice UI enables content creation in the Metaverse

Persistent spaces in the Metaverse

Just like in the real world today, we will see persistent rooms in the Metaverse. Since there isn't much details out about Microsoft Mesh for Teams it will be remain a slight question mark how meeting spaces will be there: will they be short lived or also persistent. Comparing to Teams meetings today they could … Continue reading Persistent spaces in the Metaverse

Microsoft Whiteboard is already part of the Metaverse

Microsoft Whiteboard is under a lots of development and evolves in a fast pace. Despite some step backs, like rollback of the new desktop client last year, it is going forward and extending it's usability beyond being "replicant of physical world whiteboard". In fact it has already done it and I want to state it … Continue reading Microsoft Whiteboard is already part of the Metaverse

Hybrid meetings in the Metaverse connect real rooms with virtual reality spaces

It is easy to envision how meetings in the immersive Metaverse (virtual reality) are managed and organized. Once you start thinking about Hybrid Meetings more, you can soon realize that hybrid isn't just about physical location of people attending using personal or room devices: it is about having a meeting where people attend from meeting … Continue reading Hybrid meetings in the Metaverse connect real rooms with virtual reality spaces

Bringing physical world to life in the Metaverse

The metaverse is much more than just 3D meetings and collaboration. In fact, you could already take steps on building the metaverse, because it is about connecting the physical and virtual worlds together - taking advantages of both and enabling organizations to succeed. The base for this has happened in the industry for a long … Continue reading Bringing physical world to life in the Metaverse

Metaverse increases equality, accessibility and inclusivity

Welcome to the Year 2022! I hope it is going to be a happy and wonderful one for You! Past couple of years have had a plenty of room for improvement, including the number of safe in-person meetings and events. As it won't be always possible, or reasonable / money-effective, the Immersive Metaverse will be … Continue reading Metaverse increases equality, accessibility and inclusivity

Looking back at 2021 and forward for 2022

It is the end of the year, which means it is time to take a look at what I have been doing during all this crazy 2021. First of all: Big Thank You to everyone reading, following, referring, tweeting, linking or enjoying this blog and / or attending any session or event where I have … Continue reading Looking back at 2021 and forward for 2022

How we work and collaborate in the future: Workshops in the Metaverse

As a consultant I am involved with customers in various workshops. Typical ones are related to visioning: "what's next" , prioritization / roadmapping / planning "what's first", planning the service (customer needs and Return-of-Investment) "why it's important" and on some details like User Interface, functionalities, user path "how it works" and so on. Thinking typical … Continue reading How we work and collaborate in the future: Workshops in the Metaverse