Earlier this month, Microsoft applied for a patent for "Virtual Office Devices" which would allow users to have meetings with holographic images of other, remote attendees. The patent is rather vague on the actual hardware and software that would create these holographic meetings, although it does include 21 pictures and diagrams of how these meetings would take place. Microsoft submitted the sketch (below left) with its patent application. It envisions the diagram to eventually look like the scene below right. “Given the connection, sheer speculation would lead us to conclude that holographic meetings could one day be an online service for Windows Live users that one-ups the kind of shared PowerPoint and voice apps that passes for a virtual meeting these days,” said Patrice Simard.