Microsoft today is celebrating the one year anniversary of its Microsoft Teams app which is now being used by over 200,000 organizations in 181 markets.
Microsoft has added several features to its team collaboration platform Teams, including integration with the company's Cortana voice assistant and inline translation of messages written in foreign languages. But, more importantly for those that are using the software, the company is sharing a few features that are working their way down the pipeline.
Unlike Slack, Teams unsurprisingly does not seek to dispense with corporate email, opting to integrate messaging with office apps (such as Outlook) as a collaborative tool.
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Microsoft also announced in a blog posting a significant rise in the the number of businesses using Teams. "Built on the strength and scale of Office 365 with over 120 million users, Teams delivers chat-based collaboration, meetings, calling, and soon, full enterprise voice features". Microsoft said it would include facial recognition in the future, so particular remarks can be attributed to the right person.
Microsoft says that the Cortana integration will work not just in the native interface but also with compatible devices such as conference phones. 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. The feature lets people use vocal commands to make a call, join a meeting or add people to a meeting.
Background blur on video-The ability to blur your background during video calls will allow other meeting attendees to focus on you, not what's behind you. The last addition is mobile sharing in meetings, so meeting attendees can share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.
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.