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Microsoft Touts Progress Of Teams Chat App

Microsoft's Slack rival gets translation and Surface Hub compatibility Microsoft Polishes Teams Story
Kayla Schwartz | 12 March, 2018, 21:42

When Microsoft takes the Enterprise Connect 2018 keynote stage on Wednesday, it will be one year to the date of introducing general availability for its team collaboration app, Teams.

That's up from 125,000 in September, when Microsoft announced Teams would replace Skype for Business in the Office 365 bundle.

But now a year after its initial launch Microsoft has unveiled some new Teams features, including integration with Cortana and inline message translation. It is created to work with Windows 10 Ink as well, and allows users to collaborate more effectively in meetings including interacting with other teams using a Surface Hub remotely.

Microsoft is also adding a number of new features during the year. You can now start, join or add people to meetings by giving natural language voice commands to Cortana, for one.

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Eventually, it will be possible to shunt recordings of meetings into Microsoft's cloud along with automatic timecoded transcriptions and inline message translation. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees. To help participants see you more clearly, the system will blur out a distracting background, putting the focus of the video on you rather than any clutter behind.

These are all definitely some exciting features, helping give Microsoft Teams some more edge over the popular collaboration tool, Slack. Additionally, she said, almost 70% of Skype for Business enterprise customers have begun using Teams.

The new calling capabilities, which include consultative transfer (for getting an OK before transferring a call to somebody), call delegation, and federation, will be available in the second quarter, Wright said. Also coming is a Direct Routing feature which will allow users to use existing telephony infrastructures with Teams. This includes Surface Hub, the large-screen video collaboration device for huddle spaces and other small-to-medium meeting rooms.

To drive adoption among the enterprise, Microsoft is working with OEMs including Lenovo and HP to make video conferencing meeting-room systems powered by Microsoft Teams.

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