Solitary during meetings? Microsoft Teams will offer online games: report

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Microsoft has started developing online games for its Microsoft Teams service. According to insiders familiar with Microsoft’s plans, the software giant has started testing games like Solitaire, Connect 4 and Wordament within Microsoft Teams.

During meetings, casual games are designed to allow colleagues to compete against each other. As organizations continue to manage the needs of hybrid and remote working, Microsoft appears to be considering gaming as another option to enhance the meeting experience, according to The Verge.

Microsoft only internally tests casual games in its casual games portfolio, and it might decide not to make this integration available to consumers and businesses.

Asked for comment, Microsoft declined to comment on its testing of games within Microsoft Teams, according to reports from The Verge.

In addition to testing casual games on Teams, Microsoft plans to create virtual zones within Teams where colleagues can network and socialize while playing games. These virtual places are part of Microsoft’s broader metaverse strategy, and the company has already discussed plans for 3D avatars and immersive meetings, which will be available with Microsoft Teams in 2022.

Microsoft had also added functionality to Teams with remote work. “Together Mode” was one of the first additions during the pandemic, nearly two years ago. Microsoft Teams has also been updated with remotely accessible views and features and mobile enhancements.

(With ANI inputs)

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