Microsoft has recently made Word, Excel, and PowerPoint available for free download on Meta Quest virtual reality headsets. These applications, however, present challenges in usability within the VR environment.
Interaction Process and Limitations
Users are required to log in to their Microsoft accounts to access these applications. However, the absence of a wireless keyboard poses an inconvenience, forcing users to input long passwords using controllers. This login process lacks ease, affecting initial interaction.
The web versions of these applications don’t seem adequately optimized for VR usage. In Word, for instance, formatting settings are challenging to manage due to small icons, and navigating the workspace using controllers poses difficulties. While the virtual keyboard has seen enhancements, it still lacks the speed required for comfortable typing.
Optimal Performance and Recommendations
To overcome these challenges, it’s recommended to utilize a wireless keyboard and mouse for optimal performance, especially in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The use of controllers for precise movements and selection of small interface elements within these applications remains inconvenient.
Availability and Compatibility
Owners of Quest headsets can freely access these Microsoft apps via the official Meta digital content store. These applications are compatible across Quest, Quest 2, Quest 3, and Quest Pro headsets, notes NIX Solutions. Additionally, Microsoft has recently introduced an Xbox Cloud Gaming app for Quest headsets, expanding the range of available applications.