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Microsoft has launched its playbook for hybrid work, outlining how it believes the office from the near future will be able to incorporate in-person and remote employees with help from devices for example smart cameras.

“In this new era of hybrid work, we will no longer rely solely on shared physical location,” writes Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in a post Friday on LinkedIn. “But that doesn’t mean physical places and spaces aren’t essential. They will just need to be re-imagined.”

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Nadella says that in order to make in-person briefings more inclusive for remote participants, the company is definitely “smart cameras” at eye level with “high-quality digital to ensure everyone can turn out to be seen, be heard, and even participate as though they ended up there in person” working with software such as Microsoft Teams Rooms. He also notes of which meeting recordings can let employees to replay conferences at any given time convenient to them all, and suggests this will need to become the norm together with hybrid meetings. 

Many people and companies ended up forced to shift to remote work over the past year amid the pandemic. As life starts to return to normal, some individuals want those flexible work arrangements to keep on. A study from Microsoft, released in March, found that 73% of respondents hoped remote work options would continue once the pandemic ends. 

Nadella also says that the security of employees’ home networks is also a priority and that Microsoft is moving all employees off corporate networks and taking an “internet-first approach.” Microsoft employees are now being asked to run tests on the home network security and use secured devices. 

Google added a suite of productivity tools in March, while large tech companies such as Facebook and Apple have all announced their very own plans for the future from the workplace.

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