Nvidia's Omniverse is coming to Microsoft Teams
Microsoft and Nvidia are bringing the industrial metaverse to Microsoft 365 apps like Teams and into the Azure cloud.
Nvidia's Omniverse is designed to serve as a central platform for the industrial metaverse. The company envisions Omniverse as a network of networks with countless connections to other applications.
Nvidia is strengthening this central role with a new collaboration with Microsoft: The companies are bringing together their productivity and 3D collaboration platforms by connecting Microsoft 365 apps such as Teams, OneDrive, and SharePoint to Nvidia's Omniverse.
In a demo, BMW shows how the integration enables real-time collaboration with 3D content via Live Share in teams and how, for example, a robot can be exchanged in a digital factory. This shortens the time between decision, action, and feedback, according to Nvidia.
Microsoft Azure offers access to Omniverse Cloud
Microsoft is also one of Omniverse Cloud's first cloud partners. Nvidia's cloud service is expected to launch on Microsoft Azure in the second half of this year. Omniverse will also be connected to Azure IoT so that real-world sensor data from Azure Digital Twins can be transferred to Omniverse models.
Omniverse Cloud is also targeting the automotive industry, where several large companies such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Toyota and BYD are already using Omniverse for various tasks.
BMW is building digital factories in Omniverse.
At GTC, Huang and BMW manager Milan Nedeljković showed how BMW is already using Omniverse to digitize a new electric car plant in Debrecen, Hungary, scheduled to open in 2025, to optimize workflows and the use of robots. The company announced plans to deploy Omniverse across all of its manufacturing facilities.
Nvidia also announced numerous updates to Omniverse, including new connectors to Blender, Unity, and Siemens Xcelerator.