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Microsoft Office Suite Debuts on Meta Quest Virtual Reality Headsets

Microsoft Office lands on Meta Quest! Work in VR with Word, Excel, & PowerPoint. Mixed-reality apps keep you aware of surroundings.

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Meta Quest users have gained a significant productivity boost with the addition of Microsoft Office applications to their virtual reality headsets. The suite, which includes , Excel, and PowerPoint, has been made available on the store. Unlike traditional software, these apps function in a mixed-reality environment, allowing users to maintain awareness of their surroundings while immersed in virtual workspace tasks.

Office Suite on the Cloud

The Microsoft Office VR apps have been designed with cloud-based functionality in mind, ensuring that they consume minimal space on the devices. Each app is approximately 1.3MB, indicating that the heavy lifting is done via the cloud, thus optimizing performance and multitasking flexibility on the Quest headsets. Users can access multiple apps simultaneously on their Meta Quest by leveraging the universal menu bar for efficient window management.

Accessibility and Device Support

Compatibility spans across all Meta Quest headsets, including the inaugural Oculus Quest, the subsequent Meta Quest 2 and Quest Pro, and the latest Meta Quest 3. The process is simple: users can download the free apps after logging in with their account. To enhance the user experience, the system supports a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, streamlining navigation and input for office tasks within the VR environment.

Future Prospects and Availability

The partnership between Meta and Microsoft extends beyond merely porting office applications to virtual reality. Aimed at creating a more versatile and productive VR experience, plans are afoot to introduce additional productivity tools and potentially a VR version of Windows 11. With the fundamental Office suite now operational, Meta Quest users are entering a new realm where gaming and professional tasks converge into a single, seamless experience.

The Meta Quest 3 headset, combined with the newly launched Office apps, is available at various retailers, including , Best Buy, and Target. As the blending of work and play becomes more integrated into virtual reality platforms, this update marks a significant step towards an all-encompassing VR experience.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.
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