Microsoft announces the closure of the AltspaceVR platform. The American giant focuses on Mesh.
Microsoft has decided to scale back its ambitions a bit when it comes to the metaverse. In fact, in a blog post discovered by VentureBeatthe Redmond company announces that it will close AltspaceVR, the social virtual reality platform it acquired in 2017, on March 10, 2023. The American giant attributes this difficult decision to its desire to focus on Mesh, the mixed reality platform announced with much fanfare by the company in 2021, and which would later arrive in Teams.
Microsoft announces the closure of the AltspaceVR platform
“We look forward to all that is to come, including our launch of Microsoft Mesh, a new platform for connecting and collaborating that will begin by enabling workplaces around the world,” Microsoft said. “For the relatively near future, we will focus our VR efforts on workplace experiences, learning from our customers and partners and ensuring that we lay a solid foundation to enable security, trust and compliance. . Over time, we hope to expand this to experiences for the general public.”
The American giant focuses on Mesh
The AltspaceVR shutdown announcement comes after Microsoft confirmed as many as 10,000 layoffs by the end of March. According to the blog Windows Central, Microsoft plans to lay off the entire AltspaceVR team as part of this major restructuring. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company has also reduced the number of its team responsible for HoloLens. Over the past twelve months, the division has recorded the departure of its former director Alex Kipman, who left the American giant in June due to allegations of sexual abuse, and the suspension of his sales contract with the company. US Army HoloLens headset suitable for military field. By 2022, Microsoft would have also abandoned a project for the next generation of HoloLens headsets.