Meta and Microsoft today announced at Connect that starting in 2023 the Quest platform is getting a host of Windows productivity tools along with the ability to use Windows 11 via the cloud.

First, here’s a list of what’s coming to the Quest platform:

  • Microsoft Teams immersive meeting experiences for Meta Quest: Connect,
    share, and collaborate in Teams immersive experiences.
  • Microsoft Windows 365: Stream the Windows experience on Quest Pro and Quest 2 devices, and access your personalized apps, content, and settings in VR.
  • Microsoft 365 app experiences: Interact with 2D content from
    Sharepoint or productivity apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook directly from Quest Pro and Quest 2.
  • Microsoft Teams/Workrooms integration: Join a Teams meeting from inside
    Workrooms.
  • Meta Avatars in Microsoft Teams: Use your Meta Avatar in Teams for
    whiteboarding, brainstorming, and meetups.
  • Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory support: Enable
    enterprise security and management on Quest Pro and Quest 2 devices.

Notably, Windows 365 gives business and enterprise users access to a version of Windows 10 or Windows 11, streaming from Cloud PCs to the user’s web browser.

The partnership is ostensibly building on Meta’s early steps towards virtual offices with Horizon Workrooms, something Meta says will help make Meta Quest Pro “an enterprise-ready device that’s easy to use, deploy, and manage at scale.”

Key Quest Pro Coverage:

Quest Pro Revealed – Full Specs, Price, & Release Date

Quest Pro Hands-on – The Dawn of the Mixed Reality Headset Era

Quest Pro Technical Analysis – What’s Promising & What’s Not

Touch Pro Controllers Revealed – Also Compatible with Quest 2

There’s no launch date in sight yet, however the companies say we can expect to see these apps sometime next year.

A new ‘Meta Quest for Business’ subscription bundle for Quest Pro and Quest 2 is also said to include “essential admin features” such as device and application management, premium support, and 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,” Meta says.

This comes alongside the official unveiling of Quest Pro, which carries with it the very business-centric price tag of $1,500 for the 256 GB model.

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  • ApocalypseShadow

    They were already partners in some form. But it would have been destructive for Facebook to try and go after the business area that’s Microsoft’s bread and butter. So, they must have made sure Facebook made some concessions like putting game pass and Windows software on Quest Pro. That’s a partner with a gun to their head.

    • knuckles625

      Disagree-this is Microsoft bowing out of VR with their last WMR partner (HP) no longer making headsets. And this is Facebook conceding that Facebook workspaces didn’t ever find ground in businesses.

      Microsoft gets to keep a toe in the VR water and Meta gets lent a lot of legitimacy in the business sphere by leveraging Microsoft’s name.

      This partnership represents a massive failure on both companies part to gain the market numbers they initially set out to with their earlier efforts (possibly because the market didn’t grow like they thought)

      • ApocalypseShadow

        It’s partly that. But Microsoft partnered with Acer, Samsung, HP, Asus, Dell, and Lenovo. Multiple PC manufacturers not out of the kindness of their hearts did they make them. But there had to be an incentive for them to do so. A discount for Windows 10-11, software support and services for their businesses could have been a great motivator for them to put something out. Problem was, Microsoft didn’t put any software out there to drive adoption and left them in the cold. That Halo tech demo just wasn’t enough. And the Windows Store was nothing like Steam that Valve owns.

        Zuck considers his headsets as the next computing products. And even though Mickey boy only owns like 2 percent of Facebook, Mike wasn’t going to let them get out there with a device without their software being on it. Which just so happens that Facebook cancelled their own OS attempt even though it is modified Android. Why not use Google’s software and services for an Android based product? Keep it all Android? Google’s name is big too. Because Mike has got his hand in multiple cookie jars. Business cookie jars.

        The next computing device? And no Microsoft? Wheels would have turned and heads would have rolled. Facebook made concessions.

    • Shuozhe Nan

      Did Microsoft ever make successful hardware beside the Xbox? Surface are sold everywhere, but I rarely see any devices used outside of few companies.

      Wish they would create a platform for standalone and let their studios make some games for it.. and let other companies build the actual hardware

  • ahahahah short workdays… well, it’s true!

  • The partnership with Microsoft is truly the big news from yesterday’s connect

  • Shuozhe Nan

    It’s streamed anyway.. so get 2-3 devices for every worker!

    Haven’t followed apples office for a decade now, are papers & numbers Ok to use now? Always had combability issue with some old documents when I tried it