Microsoft's own metaverse is coming, and it will have powerpoint

If you're worried the metaverse will be all fun and games, fear not: Microsoft is taking its own stab at the idea, and it will have PowerPoint and Excel.

Microsoft's metaverse apps will work with the Oculus googles made by Meta Platforms Inc., formerly Facebook. But it's not yet clear how various companies' visions of the metaverse will be able to connect. Foto: Bloomberg photo/Mark Kauzlarich

The company is adapting its signature software products to create a more corporate version of the metaverse - a concept promoted by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that promises to let users live, work and play within interconnected virtual worlds.

The first offering, a version of Microsoft's Teams chat and conferencing program that features digital avatars, is in testing now and will be available in the first half of 2022. Customers will be able to share Office files and features, like PowerPoint decks, in the virtual world...

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