Microsoft Details Teams Feature Roadmap

Ismael LynchMar 15, 2018

One of the other feature which Microsoft will be adding is the inline message translations which help users with different languages to communicate with one another with the help of translating posts in the channel and chats.

Teams, which began rolling out to Office 365 subscribers previous year, is Microsoft's answer to the Slack messaging platform.

Microsoft on Monday announced new features for its business messaging app Microsoft Teams on the occasion of its first anniversary. As many as 200,000 organizations now use Teams, spanning over 181 markets and 39 languages. Microsoft Teams also announced that the business communication app is now used by over 2,00,000 organization throughout the world in 39 languages.

Last year, Microsoft came up with its own Slack competitor, called Teams. Microsoft now seemingly hopes to turn its artificial intelligence expertise into another competitive advantage.

Microsoft Teams will also be supported on Microsoft Surface Hub, to enhance Teams abilities in confined spaces and meeting rooms. While the specifics are complicated and have a lot of dependencies on both Microsoft products and third-party infrastructure, Direct Routing will be a way for customers to use existing telephony infrastructure with Teams for calling.

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. Users will also be able to find and add other Skype Room Systems to their meetings.

New features include quality-of-life improvements to the Teams app, as well as extended hardware integrations and new partners.

The new features will begin rolling out in the second quarter. 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.

Direct Routing will be joining Calling Plans as one of the options for Calling in Microsoft Teams and in addition they are planning to bring consultative transfer and call delegation and federation.

Native Teams app in desk and conference room phones: Desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink will have a native Teams application. These include major corporations such as General Motors, Macy's, and NASCAR.

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