Microsoft Details Teams Feature Roadmap


The first capability is an integration with the company's Cortana virtual assistant that will allow workers to use spoken commands in Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams is now being used by 200,000 organizations in 181 markets around the world, up four-fold since the tech giant's workplace chat and collaboration technology launched one year ago this week, according to new statistics released by the Redmond company this morning.

Microsoft has boasted of an impressive rise in the number of organisations using its Teams messaging, collaboration and communications tool.

Teams usage should tick upwards in the coming year as Microsoft gently nudges Skype for Business from its perch. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices. The other new features, in turn, likewise aim to streamline the user experience.

Microsoft Polishes Teams Story Adds host of new features, including direct routing to SIP trunks, and expanded hardware support. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees. A planned blurring option will introduce the ability to hide the background of a webcam feed during a meeting, while an inline translation tool is set to facilitate communications between people who speak different languages.

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Cortana integration is expected to make it easy for members to make a call, join a meeting and also add other people to the meeting by using the voice interactions provided by Cortana.

Background blurring of video calls will allow Team users to pretend they are not really calling from the pub.

Mobile sharing in meetings-Meeting attendees will be able to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.

Going forward Microsoft plans to enable Teams on calling and meeting room devices for which the company is now working with OEMs like Lenovo and HP along with Logitech to bring the Teams on the meeting room devices.

Microsoft Corp. today marked the first anniversary of its fast-growing Slack alternative becoming generally available with several major feature announcements centered on artificial intelligence. This includes Surface Hub, new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink.