Microsoft is big on future concept videos, especially when it comes to its vision for the future of augmented/mixed reality.
Remember this one from mid-2016? It showed a world where execs wearing augmented reality devices like the HoloLens and virtual-reality headsets could teleport from their remote locations and work together, side-by-side, virtually. This scenario is Microsoft's ultimate manifestation of what officials have been calling "mixed reality."
Alex Kipman, the Microsoft Technical Fellow heading up the company's HoloLens and mixed-reality (MR) work, is predicting that 2018 will be the year when these kinds of scenarios move from dreams to reality.
A lot of this is checking off the latest hot topics on the Microsoft buzzword-bingo scorecard. Intelligent cloud/intelligent edge, "mixed reality cloud," "transcending time and space" -- just another day in Redmond....
Last year, Microsoft bought AltSpaceVR, a "social virtual reality" vendor. This acquisition seems to be the cornerstone of the "immersive communications" component of Microsoft's MR strategy to which Kipman refers in his blog post. What AltSpaceVR does is similar in some ways to the holoportation capabilities which Microsoft showcased over the past few years, so maybe this is the new way Microsoft intends to try to reach that end goal (to which it seemingly now refers to as "teleportation.")