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SharePoint Spaces

Expected release: First Half of 2020 (Public Preview)

SharePoint Spaces grabbed headlines when Microsoft first announced it in mid-2018 at the SharePoint North America event. The feature brings 3-D and mixed reality experiences to SharePoint Online — for instance, allowing users to easily create a 3-D catalog page in SharePoint. Other Microsoft demos have shown SharePoint Spaces enabling users to remotely “tour” Microsoft’s campus while wearing virtual reality headsets.

Since then, SharePoint Spaces has been in limited preview. Microsoft has said that while more than 1,800 customers have applied for the preview, only a “handful” of them are working directly with Microsoft on its development. Microsoft has said very little about its progress on SharePoint Spaces otherwise.

That is, until last fall’s Ignite conference. As noted by several media outlets, in a podcast interview during Ignite 2019 with the VR/AR Association, Amy Scarfone, principal design manager in Microsoft’s mixed reality division, said that a preview of SharePoint Spaces will become publicly available “ideally in Q1 but certainly in the first half of 2020.”

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