Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Microsoft chat tool Teams counts 200000 customers

Microsoft chat tool Teams counts 200000 customers

Teams, which began rolling out to Office 365 subscribers past year, is Microsoft's answer to the Slack messaging platform.

To soften the blow, Microsoft has announced some new Teams features to arrive at some undefined point in the future, possibly the second quarter of 2018.

The company shared today that over 200,000 organizations in 181 markets use Microsoft Teams, with customers including NASCAR, Macy's, and General Motors. See more on these features below. Essentially, this will allow people who speak different languages to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.

Eventually, it will be possible to shunt recordings of meetings into Microsoft's cloud along with automatic timecoded transcriptions and inline message translation. Microsoft said it would include facial recognition in the future, so particular remarks can be attributed to the right person.

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Device Support While roughly 60% of the coming enhancements relate to software, hardware isn't to be ignored, Wright said - because, after all, delivering on the intelligent communications experience Microsoft envisions requires compatibility between Teams and a wide variety of calling and meeting room devices. You can now start, join or add people to meetings by giving natural language voice commands to Cortana, for one.

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.

Enterprise Calling While Microsoft continues bolstering the enterprise-grade calling features available in Teams, the emphasis today is a capability it calls Direct Routing.

Microsoft has boasted of an impressive rise in the number of organisations using its Teams messaging, collaboration and communications tool. 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 company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features. Team Meetings will also support audio and HD video conference room systems from Lenovo, HP, Logitech and others, along with any Skype Room systems.

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