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

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

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

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

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

How to use Loop Components in Outlook and Teams.

Loop Components finally made their way to Web Outlook. This means you can create and use Loops now in Microsoft Outlook and Teams. Sharing is possible for inside your organization only at this moment. On the bonus there is a new Q&A component you can use to collect Q&A questions & answers easier. Let's take … Continue reading How to use Loop Components in Outlook and Teams.

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

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 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

Microsoft Teams is 5 years and new features are coming out to support Hybrid Work

On Monday 14th Microsoft Teams was 5 years since it was made generally available. Congratulations, Microsoft Teams! Teams began it's story almost half a year earlier than that, but GA-date (Generally Available) is when it began it's journey to become the app for over 270 million monthly users it is today. It was quite soon … Continue reading Microsoft Teams is 5 years and new features are coming out to support Hybrid Work

Teams Nation Community Conference is for all

On March 23rd 2022 Teams Nation Community Conference 2022 goes live with the opening keynote at 8am CET. Yes, it is an early morning start for people in Europe and late night for US but at Australia it is a early evening. The reason for the early start is that the event runs for 12 … Continue reading Teams Nation Community Conference is for all

Improve your meetings with these recent tricks Teams can do! + PowerPoint Cameo

Some tricks and knowledge is always to keep in the bag for those situations where you are presenting or attending meetings. With upcoming Teams Nation Community Conference on March 23rd 2022, which is a free community event btw - please register in, you surely want to learn about few things that will make your meeting … Continue reading Improve your meetings with these recent tricks Teams can do! + PowerPoint Cameo

How to stay in the Loop using mobile Teams!

Microsoft Loop components got their name upgrade from Live Components to Loop Components in Teams. For some time editing Loops was limited in mobile Teams client, but now the support is there. And I have to say, it is rather good one in user experience. I enjoy the UI, it makes staying in the Loop … Continue reading How to stay in the Loop using mobile Teams!

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