Facebook wants to build a metaverse. Microsoft is creating something even more ambitious
Microsoft Teams has 250 million users worldwide. And starting in 2022, they will be able to take meetings in virtual spaces, by donning virtual-reality and augmented-reality headsets. Instead of simply streaming live video, people will be able to appear as cartoon avatars of themselves, with facial expressions expressed in real-time, including smiles and frowns. And yes, they have permission—you have permission—to get as angry as your little cartoon heart desires. “You can be pissed off,” promises Alex Kipman, technical fellow for AI and mixed reality, with a laugh after I pester him on this topic for a couple minutes.