Microsoft Touts Progress Of Teams Chat App

Microsoft Touts Progress Of Teams Chat App

Microsoft Teams was officially launched in March last year as Redmond to mount a challenge to workplace communication app Slack, which has rapidly established itself as an enterprise tool in recent years.

Microsoft's Teams platform is turning one this week and with more than 200,000 organizations using the software, it's fair to say that it has been a successful first year for the product.

Adds host of new features, including direct routing to SIP trunks, and expanded hardware support.

Microsoft also announced in a blog posting a significant rise in the the number of businesses using Teams. With 5,000 companies in 25 countries owning one or more Hubs, the company has, unsurprisingly, announced plans to introduce a sequel later this year. 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.

Cortana integration is coming to Microsoft Teams soon, with support for voice interactions through Team-enabled devices like IP phones and conference room devices.

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.

The latest enhancements break down along the lines of features and functionality, calling, and device support, Wright said.

Proximity detection for Teams Meetings-This feature will make it easy for you to discover and add a nearby and available Skype Room System to any meeting.

Beyond the Surface Hub and internal devices, the Teams hardware ecosystem now also includes meeting room systems from HP and Lenovo; new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink; new conference room phones from Creston, Polycom, and Yealink; and new mobile phone stations from Plantronics.

Mobile sharing in meetings, enabling attendees to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.

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