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Microsoft is shutting down its metaverse

You may be feeling a sense of deja vu at the news that the social virtual reality platform AltspaceVR is being closed down. This almost happened once before, after its developers announced in 2017 they didn’t have enough funding to keep the servers on. Shortly after they were saved by Microsoft, which acquired AltspaceVR in what seemed like a response to Facebook’s pivot to VR. That renewed lifespan is about to end, with the announcement that AltspaceVR will be sunset on March 10 (opens in new tab).

“As we look to the future,” the post from Team AltspaceVR says, “we see the opportunity for VR expanding beyond consumer into business and now have an even greater goal: a more open, accessible, and secure version of immersive experiences in the metaverse. To achieve that we have made the difficult decision to sunset the AltpaceVR platform on March 10, 2023, and shift our focus to support immersive experiences powered by Microsoft Mesh.”