Microsoft Touts Progress Of Teams Chat App


That's up from 125,000 in September, when Microsoft announced Teams would replace Skype for Business in the Office 365 bundle.

Microsoft's AI has also made it easier to initiate and participate in Teams chats. Features coming in the second quarter of 2018 include cloud recording, inline message translation, Cortana, background blur on video, proximity detections, and more.

Cloud recording-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. A future upgrade will include facial recognition so that comments can be assigned to specific individuals.

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Language Translation - Using native Microsoft Translator integration, Microsoft Teams can now translate messages in other languages right from within the chat window. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices. To help participants see you more clearly, the system will blur out a distracting background, putting the focus of the video on you rather than any clutter behind. You can now start, join or add people to meetings by giving natural language voice commands to Cortana, for one.

Whether a customer chooses to use the Microsoft Calling Plan or Direct Routing will come down to pricing considerations and existing relationships, she added. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.

To drive adoption among the enterprise, Microsoft is working with OEMs including Lenovo and HP to make video conferencing meeting-room systems powered by Microsoft Teams. It'll also let you share a live video stream, photos or screens from your smartphone. This includes Surface Hub, new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink.

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Microsoft has boasted of an impressive rise in the number of organisations using its Teams messaging, collaboration and communications tool.

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