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Microsoft Details Teams Feature Roadmap

12 March 2018, 09:41 | Cameron Gross

Microsoft Polishes Teams Story

Microsoft's Slack rival gets translation and Surface Hub compatibility

To celebrate the moment, Microsoft today detailed some important milestones and the future AI-inspired features planned for the chat-based collaboration tool. Microsoft has now announced that Teams is now being used by over 200,000 organizations around the world.

While the new models will inevitably pick up hardware upgrades, Microsoft is also now working on upgrading the Surface Hub 2 UI.

But perhaps of the more interesting new additions will the addition of inline message translation.

Language Translation - Using native Microsoft Translator integration, Microsoft Teams can now translate messages in other languages right from within the chat window.

Let us not forget why Microsoft chose to build out Teams, it was because of the success of Slack which makes you wonder if buying the competing software would have been a better move?

Automatically record conference calls- Microsoft Teams can now automatically record conference calls and transcribe it for you.




Teams also now has an app ecosystem that continues to grow and includes the likes of Adobe, Trello, Zoom.ai, and many others who are turning Teams from a simple collaboration tool to an entire productivity application. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees. You can now start, join or add people to meetings by giving natural language voice commands to Cortana, for one.

Mobile sharing in meetings, enabling attendees to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device. Also coming is a Direct Routing feature which will allow users to use existing telephony infrastructures with 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.

Additionally, Microsoft is now working with more OEMs (like Lenovo and HP) and partners (like Logitech, Crestron, and Polycom) to make sure Teams is enabled on more calling and meeting room devices.

You probably wouldn't guess it, but Microsoft's most popular Surface product in enterprise is its gargantuan Surface Hub.



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