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Microsoft and Meta are joining a group of 33 other software providers and organizations to create a group focusing on standards for metaverse development. Known as the Metaverse Standards Forum, the aim of the group is to encourage an open and interoperable set of standards for virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D tech, and geospatial.

Meta is the leading name in the development of the metaverse. The offshoot – now parent company – of Facebook focusing its whole future on the metaverse. However, other major providers – including Microsoft – also have their own developments of the technology.

In a press release, the Metaverse Standards Forum provides details of its mission moving forward:

“The Forum will explore where the lack of interoperability is holding back metaverse deployment and how the work of Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) defining and evolving needed standards may be coordinated and accelerated. Open to any organization at no cost, the Forum will focus on pragmatic, action-based projects such as implementation prototyping, hackathons, plugfests, and open-source tooling to accelerate the testing and adoption of metaverse standards, while also developing consistent terminology and deployment guidelines.”

Joining Microsoft and Meta in the collective are the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF), 0xSenses, Adobe, Alibaba DAMO Academy, Autodesk, Avataar, Blackshark, CalConnect, Cesium, Disguise, Enosemo Foundation, Epic Games, Express Language Foundation, Huawei, Ikea, Jon Peddie Research, Lamina1, Maxon, Nvidia, OARC, Open Geospatial Consortium, OTOY Inc, Qualcomm, Ribose, Spatial Web Foundation, Unity, VerseMaker, Wayfair, Web3D, W3C Immersive, and XRA.  

Future of the Metaverse

It is worth noting the group remains open to new members. So, the likes of Apple, Google, Roblox, and others can join once operations begin.

One of the issues the group faces is providing standards across a tech concept that is not defined. The metaverse is not a singular product or service, but rather a catch-all term for numerous subfields working towards one goal.

It is worth noting that the development of universal standards does not mean the metaverse will become one linked space like the internet. Companies remain steadfast that their metaverses will be individual platforms. Of course, the likelihood of one singular meta space remains inevitable in the future.

“Industry leaders have stated that the potential of the metaverse will be best realized if it is built on a foundation of open standards,” the group adds in the press release. “Building an open and inclusive metaverse at pervasive scale will demand a constellation of open interoperability standards.”

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