Top unified communications vendors eye virtual reality in the conference room

Microsoft, Cisco, Avaya hone their virtual reality strategies

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The leading unified communications (UC) vendors are taking a hard look at the opportunities for virtual reality in the conference room or the boardroom.

For example, there are a number of enterprise-friendly virtual world platforms that are already or soon will be compatible with the Oculus Rift and other virtual reality devices. These are business-safe alternatives to Second Life – which itself has already come out with a beta version of an Oculus-compatible viewer.

The three biggest commercial players are ProtoSphere, AvayaLive Engage, and 3DICC's Terf. On the open source front there's OpenSim, a Second Life clone that can run behind a corporate firewall.

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