Last year at Meta Connect, we shared a vision for the metaverse that included new ways to help people collaborate and be more productive at work. This year, we’re sharing the progress we’ve been making towards that vision—including everything we’ve announced that’s advancing the future of work.
Today at Connect 2022, we announced our all-new, advanced VR headset, Meta Quest Pro. It’s the first in our new line of high-end devices and it was designed with collaboration and productivity in mind. Meta Quest Pro will help you feel more present even if you’re physically apart. And it will give you a next-level setup that lets you overlay your work on top of the physical world while taking advantage of the vast virtual space for more flexible multitasking.
Meta Quest Pro uses cutting-edge technology that will evolve the way we work, with features and experiences including:
At launch, Meta Quest Pro is built for people like architects, engineers, builders, creators, and designers who want to augment their workflow and supercharge their creativity with the power of VR. Longer term, we expect the device to unlock a wide range of new ways to experience and improve work across many different industries and the enterprise.
You can check out the Meta Quest Pro page to learn more about the headset and its tech specs.
Last year, we announced the beta of Meta Horizon Workrooms, our VR space for teams to connect and collaborate. Now, we’re adding a series of new Workrooms features—purposefully built and optimized for the Meta Quest Pro—to help you be more productive, collaborative, and creative:
Workrooms is an early step towards virtual offices in the metaverse. But the metaverse won’t be built by one company alone. At Connect, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was joined by Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella, and together, they shared their plans to accelerate the future of work.
We want Meta Quest Pro to be an enterprise-ready device that’s easy to use, deploy, and manage at scale. Our partnership with Microsoft will bring powerful new work and productivity tools to Meta Quest Pro and Meta Quest 2, including:
According to Nadella, Microsoft is particularly excited about the ways in which the virtual and physical worlds are coming together. This new partnership brings Microsoft’s popular productivity tools to Meta’s virtual reality devices, giving people even more flexibility in how they collaborate and get work done.
And as Zuckerberg put it, our partnership with Microsoft is a really important part of bringing VR to the workplace.
We can’t wait to start rolling out these experiences to both Microsoft and Meta customers over the coming months.
At Connect, Zuckerberg was also joined by Accenture Chair and CEO Julie Sweet, who revealed that the global professional services company is teaming up with Meta and Microsoft to help businesses around the world create new experiences that accelerate the future of work.
Over the last year, Accenture deployed 60,000 Meta Quest 2 headsets and transformed its onboarding process, welcoming 150,000 people in its “Nth Floor” virtual campus that was co-created with Microsoft.
Accenture will be working alongside Meta and Microsoft in the coming year to help companies use VR to transform the way they engage employees, interact with customers, or create products and services in the metaverse.
These companies aren’t the only ones who are optimistic about the future of work in the metaverse. Over the last year, we’ve been working with dozens of partners to create new experiences for people looking to get things done in VR and beyond.
Autodesk is updating their collaborative design review app to take advantage of the new possibilities unlocked by Meta Quest Pro. This will give architects and designers a new way of reviewing 3D models immersively.
We’ve also been working with Adobe to help people get more done in VR. Next year, Adobe’s Substance 3D apps for professional 3D creators, designers, and artists are coming to Meta Quest Pro and Meta Quest 2, so anyone can model 3D objects and join collaborative reviews inside VR with our controllers. And Adobe will bring Adobe Acrobat to the Meta Quest Store, enabling PDF document viewing, editing, and collaboration—major advances for productivity in VR.
Our partnerships with Microsoft and Accenture will help us make sure we can scale VR experiences to more people at work. And we know that a key part of this is ensuring businesses can easily deploy and manage devices across the workforce.
So next year, we’ll launch Meta Quest for Business, a subscription bundle for Meta Quest Pro and Meta Quest 2 that includes essential admin features like device and application management, premium support, and more.
It will also unlock access to Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. This means companies that want to provision Meta Quest devices can be confident that the security and management options they expect from PCs and mobile devices will be available in VR. You can learn more here.
We believe the feeling of being present with each other across virtual, digital, and physical spaces will change the way we work together in the future, unlocking new possibilities for collaboration and connection.
Meta Quest Pro, along with our other work products, experiences, and services, will help change the way we work together.
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Last but not least, we’re accepting new applications for our Independent Software Vendor Program. Interested developers can submit their application here.