These virtual spaces are not just meeting tools, but interactive environments that allow work to be done. These collaborative workspaces, unlike traditional conference calls, which depend on one way of communication, such as screen sharing, are specifically designed for social interaction, productivity and connection to remote teams or hybrids.
These virtual spaces are accessible to anyone with a standard PC or Mac, or a browser. Virtual spaces are full of capabilities, making them powerful tools for collaboration. Some let you create an immersive experience with VR. Some provide a more complex editor for creating worlds, while others offer simple avatar systems that use floating emojis for communicating emotions during presentations and conversations.
Google Docs allows team members to view and edit documents, and allows for commenting and tracking changes as well as giving different access rights. It can be used for video conference and chat, and is compatible with other tools such as email, calendars, and kanban board.
Microsoft Teams is a full suite of workplace software that includes video, chat and voice conference, file storage, and integration with other workplace tools. It is available for free for all Google users, and comes with different pricing options to suit businesses of any size.
ImmersedVR is a state of the art VR collaboration tool that utilizes the technology of telepresence to connect users around the world in shared workspaces. It allows team members to write on documents, add notes to plans and even shake hands with their colleagues, and be able to see virtual avatars of colleagues next to them. This latest technology is increasingly used for training simulations and classroom-based learning. Duodecim, the Finnish medical society, for instance, is using the Glue platform to create healthcare-related training exercises for remote and hybrid employees.