Technology Record - Issue 23: Winter 21/22

17 it’s something that customers are really asking us for, and it’s coupled with the vision of mixed reality that we’ve been working on for 12 years,” said Alex Kipman, Microsoft technical fellow. “It’s all coming together.” The new offering is the result of several years of work with professional services company Accenture. Before the pandemic, Accenture built a virtual campus where employees could gather for coffees, presentations, parties and other events, from anywhere in the world. “We started to call it the Nth Floor, this magical, mythical campus that could only be found in virtual reality,” said Jason Warnke, senior managing director and global digital experiences lead for Accenture. Covid-19 created new opportunities for the Nth Floor, particularly in onboarding new employees, of which Accenture has approximately 100,000 each year. New hires can meet on Teams where they receive instructions on how to create a digital avatar and access One Accenture Park, a shared virtual space. The immersive experience features a central conference room, a virtual boardroom and monorails to different exhibits for new employees to attend. Mesh for Teams will roll out with a set of pre-built immersive spaces to support a variety of contexts. Over time, businesses will be able to build their own spaces with Mesh and deploy them to Teams.