Features coming in the second quarter of 2018 include cloud recording, inline message translation, Cortana, background blur on video, proximity detections, and more.
The company shared today that over 200,000 organizations in 181 markets use Microsoft Teams, with customers including NASCAR, Macy's, and General Motors. But, more importantly for those that are using the software, the company is sharing a few features that are working their way down the pipeline.
Teams is Microsoft's challenger to Slack and other collaboration tools from tech rivals including Facebook, Amazon and Google.
The Redmond giant is announcing a slew of new features to be added to Teams, all aimed at making it an attractive option to replace traditional office phones.
The Cortana integration is for Teams-enabled VoIP phone and conference room devices.
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. 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.
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.
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? The feature lets people use vocal commands to make a call, join a meeting or add people to a meeting.
Another new feature will be the ability to blur a background during video calls, so that other meeting attendees will focus on the person speaking, and not might be happen in the office behind them. Microsoft also intends to add enhanced mobile support that will let users share live video and other media from their handsets. This includes Surface Hub, new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink.