Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Microsoft Touts Progress Of Teams Chat App

Infographic celebrating Microsoft Teams one-year anniversary Microsoft Teams turns 1, advances vision for Intelligent Communications - Office Blogs - Office Blogs - Office 365
Troy Mann | 13 March, 2018, 12:10

Microsoft's Slack competitor Teams hit its first birthday this week, trumpeting some big numbers and a slew of new features.

Microsoft proudly proclaimed "200,000 organizations in 181 markets and 39 languages use Teams" while Slack only claims 50,000. See more on these features below.

Teams is Microsoft's challenger to Slack and other collaboration tools from tech rivals including Facebook, Amazon and Google.

Microsoft is also adding a number of new features during the year.

Microsoft Office vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer launches Microsoft Teams one year ago this week on the company's Redmond campus.

Eventually, it will be possible to shunt recordings of meetings into Microsoft's cloud along with automatic timecoded transcriptions and inline message translation. 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. Essentially, this will allow people who speak different languages to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.

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Cleveland Browns trading QB Kizer to Green Bay Packers for CB Randall
Paul Richardson of the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals' John Brown and Jaron Brown are among those in the second tier. The deal also includes the Packers and Browns flip-flopping their fourth- and -fifth-round picks, according to ESPN.


See Doomed Helicopter Take Flight Moments Before Crashing in NYC River
All five passengers died, but Vance survived. "Someone climbed out of the helicopter and then was on top of the yellow raft". A search and rescue operation began nearly immediately, with divers working to free the victims submerged in frigid water.


Cortana integration is expected to make it easy for members to make a call, join a meeting and also add other people to the meeting by using the voice interactions provided by Cortana. Video callers will be able to blur their backgrounds so their conversation mate's eyes are drawn only to them (or if they don't want people to know they're making the call from their couch).

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.

Microsoft didn't give specific dates for the new tools, saying only they would be coming later this year. This includes Surface Hub, the large-screen video collaboration device for huddle spaces and other small-to-medium meeting rooms.

Microsoft says that the Cortana integration will work not just in the native interface but also with compatible devices such as conference phones.

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