Microsoft Details Teams Feature Roadmap

Microsoft chat tool Teams counts 200000 customers

Microsoft chat tool Teams counts 200000 customers

Microsoft Teams is the company's answer to growing chat startup Slack.

In the competition for new customers, Microsoft Teams benefits from its inclusion in business editions of Microsoft's Office 365 at no extra charge. At launch Teams was used by 50,000 organisations, and in September this had risen to 125,000.

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.

But now over 200,000 businesses are currently using Teams, including the likes of General Motors, A.P. Moller-Maersk, and Nascar.

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.

First off is cloud recording, which will provide "one-click meeting recordings with automatic transcription and timecoding, enabling all team members the ability to read captions, search within the conversation, and playback all or part of the meeting".

The Teams team has taken steps over the last few months to deal with user complaints about the product, with oft-requested-feature guest access making an appearance in March. Further down the road, Microsoft plans to add a facial recognition component so that each portion of a transcript may be attributed to the relevant speaker.

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

The Cortana integration is for Teams-enabled VoIP phone and conference room devices. 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.

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.

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