The Growth of the Virtual Office: How will it change further in 2016?


If virtual technology continues to progress at its current pace, the majority of citizens will soon view sitting in front of an LCD television and watching Blue Ray DVD’s as being akin to using a typewriter. This is true in both the domestic and commercial markets, with remote technology trends becoming increasingly influential in terms of how we work and play.

In truth, this should not come as a surprise. After all, Facebook’s purchase of Oculus for $2 billion triggered a surge of activity in the virtual reality space, with brands such as Microsoft and Sony releasing advanced headsets for the consumer market. With new products and trends emerging at a startling rate, the nature of entertainment and the workplace is set to evolve considerably over the next 12 months.

How Virtual Technology trends will continue to change the workplace in 2016


The impact of virtual technology in the workplace is particularly fascinating, especially in terms of cost-effective business management techniques. With this in mind, here are three trends that will influence the business market in 2016: –

Augmented Reality will become a Workplace and Exhibition Staple

We have already touched on the concept of augmented reality, which is generally discussed as something that benefits domestic consumers. It will also become an increasingly important staple of the commercial world in 2016, however, particularly in terms of product visualisation and exhibition appearances.

Brands will be increasingly keen to use augmented reality software to develop and visualise their product concepts in a realistic setting, for example, while innovations such as Microsoft’s HoloLens will also enable firms to driver higher levels of engagement and interaction at trade shows.

Businesses will embrace the benefits of the Virtual Office

While the idea of the virtual office is nothing new, some firms have been slow to embrace the benefits of this. This will change in the next 12 months, however, as a growing number of business-owners look to establish a virtual office space in desirable, professional locations. This not only allows them to create a fully-functional and centrally located office space that reduces overheads, but it also enables certain firms to create a presence within a region that is synonymous with their sector.

The Number of virtual Applications will increase further

The primary benefit of the mobile app sector is that it continues to change to suit prevailing market trends, which means that 2016 will see a rising number of applications released with virtual technology capabilities. Innovations such as Virtual Environments and OpenScape UC provide relevant examples, as they can be used to share on-demand webcasts with remote colleagues and access advanced collaboration tools respectively. As the number of apps and functions increases, so too firms can look to develop more advanced virtual offices while also reducing costs.