Mixed reality is one of the most important technological trends in the modern workplace, and to make this available in the office technology need to be easy to use and adaptable to everyone context. Microsoft SharePoint is leading the race in this topic bringing investment in AI and mixed reality to transform content collaboration in the modern workplace.
SharePoint numbers show why the application is the leader in the industry, with over 400,000 customer organisations. It’s a powerful platform for content services and collaboration. Microsoft SharePoint was also the pioneer combining document management and web publishing, bringing enterprise content management to the cloud and infusing AI into content collaboration with the Microsoft Graph.
SharePoint Spaces - Mixed Reality Experience
SharePoint Spaces is where the immersive and mixed reality experiences happen. It enables users to view and interact with content from every angle and visualise and manipulate data and product models in real-time.
Based on this technology, companies and their users can create visually compelling spaces that will be available to anyone, on any device. Activities such as, onboarding training, learning programs, and product development can easily be done in a more immersive and interactive way, allowing more focus and productivity in the task, consequently saving companies money and time.
Examples of Use of Virtual Reality
Check below some examples that mixed reality and AI in SharePoint can bring to business.
Recruiting and onboarding—Recruits or new employees can learn about a company in a compelling, 360-degee virtual welcome and orientation, including a 360-degree video message from leadership. They can navigate the campus or building with 3D maps, learn the organizational structure with an interactive organization chart, or explore information about co-workers and the organization’s products.
Learning—Training program is part of the everyday business of all companies, it’s also a challenge with the busy routines and schedule of most of the professionals. With mixed reality, learning comes to life by captivating your focus and attention. Gain broad perspective with a panoramic view of a topic and learning objectives. You can explore personalized, relevant, and dynamic content. Ignite the curiosity of your employees by discovering new insights, and dive deep into topics that matter the most. The result is a much more engaging way of absorbing the content, by experiencing with all senses engaged.
Product development— Companies which are involved in product development can also benefit from the power of the mixed reality into their business. It’s possible to create an inspiring space for your team to spark innovation. Surround yourself with experts to look at data, content, and processes from every angle. You and your team can also explore a prototype in 3D to identify new opportunities, attach annotations, and visualize improvements. The whole process of developing a new product can easily facilitate using the AI technologies in SharePoint.
How to Create Mixed Reality Environment in SharePoint
The main point about SharePoint it’s collaboration and centralisation, these 2 characteristics plus the AI technology results in an easy way to build immersive experiences. SharePoint spaces empower creators to build their experiences with point-and-click simplicity. You can get started with smart templates to create a mixed reality environment complete with beautiful surroundings, ambient sounds, rich textures, and lighting. You then add content, which can include files you already have in SharePoint, allowing you to repurpose your existing data, documents, and images.
Microsoft customers have already stored over a petabyte of 3D content, including 360-degree videos created by mobile phones. SharePoint spaces are the most natural way to view and interact with 3D content, empowering people to interact with objects that might be too numerous, too large, or too dynamic to experience in the real world or in a two-dimensional environment.
SharePoint spaces are integrated and extensible. You can augment a space with content from across Microsoft 365 and from other data sources and services. You can customise a space to reflect your brand. And you can build new capabilities for SharePoint spaces with the SharePoint Framework. We expect partners to embrace SharePoint spaces and to develop powerful web parts and experiences that will drive a new wave of innovation for customers.
Content Collaboration with AI
New possibilities are available regrading to content collaboration with SharePoint empowered by Office 365 and AI. So, when you store your files, images, and data in Office 365, AI unlocks valuable content and enables new scenarios.
Artificial Intelligence builds an understanding of what you work on, how you work, and how your colleagues’ work relates to you. AI uses this intelligence to process the ever-growing quantities of information, helping to prioritize what matters to you in personalised, time-saving experiences.
Intelligent Search – A new find table is available, and it will minimise your efforts when you are looking for documents, files, etc. You’ll see links to documents and sites you were recently working on, across your devices. You’ll see recommendations of sites, files, news, and people that have been identified as relevant to you. You might find what you need without having to search at all. And when you perform a search, the results are refined as you type, returning personalised results based on your role, your work, and the people you work with. Search history and queries curated by your organization make it easy to find things. And instant answers to your questions showcase the power of AI, transforming search into action.
Image Capabilities – When you upload an image, AI can determine where photos were taken, recognise objects, and extract text in photos. You can search for images as easily as you search for documents. For example, you could search a folder of scanned receipts for the receipt that mentions “sushi.”
Cognitive services for business process automation—You can also use Microsoft Flow to streamline processes that integrate cognitive services, including geolocation, image recognition, text extraction, machine translation, and sentiment analysis. Now, anyone can harness the power of AI to transform business processes.
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The examples above are just some of the features that is possible to use when you have the power of Microsoft SharePoint working for you. To unlock more opportunities and capabilities using SharePoint, investing in training is essential. At New Horizons Ireland we offer a wide range of Microsoft SharePoint courses. Check out with one of our Account Managers the options suitable for you or your team.
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