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Meta today announced a partnership with Microsoft to bring new content, including Windows apps and Teams integrations, to Meta’s various metaverse hardware efforts. During Meta’s Connect developer conference this morning, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Microsoft Teams will integrate with Quest devices and that Microsoft will provide a way to stream Windows apps to Meta’s headsets. Nadella also revealed that Microsoft’s streaming game service, Xbox Cloud Gaming, will arrive on Quest devices within the coming months.

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“We’re bringing the Microsoft Teams immersive meeting experience to Meta Quest in order to give people new ways to connect with each other,” Nadella said, noting that custom avatars will come to the experience soon. Horizon Workrooms, Meta’s VR space for teams to connect, will connect with Team, he elaborated, allowing people to join a Teams meeting directly from Workrooms.

“Now, you can connect, share, collaborate as though you are together in person,” Nadella added.

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On the Windows end, Nadella said that Microsoft 365 will come to Quest in a way that lets users interact with content from productivity apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. Importantly, The Verge’s Tom Warren notes that these aren’t full-blown, 3D versions of Office designed for VR; they’re Progressive Web Apps instead.

“You [will] have a new way to securely stream the entire Windows experience, including all the personalized app content settings to your VR device with the full power [of Windows,]” Nadella said.

As for Xbox Cloud Gaming, on the Quest, it streams games to a 2D VR screen, supporting existing Xbox controllers. But Nadella hinted that additional features might arrive down the line.
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