Teams usage should tick upwards in the coming year as Microsoft gently nudges Skype for Business from its perch.
Microsoft Polishes Teams Story Adds host of new features, including direct routing to SIP trunks, and expanded hardware support. Microsoft has now announced that Teams is now being used by over 200,000 organizations around the world.
Finally, Microsoft will soon enable one-click cloud recording, with timecoding and automatic transcription. A future upgrade will include facial recognition so that comments can be assigned to specific individuals. Essentially, this will allow people who speak different languages to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.
The latest enhancements break down along the lines of features and functionality, calling, and device support, Wright said.
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. Team Meetings will also support audio and HD video conference room systems from Lenovo, HP, Logitech and others, along with any Skype Room systems. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features. The last addition is mobile sharing in meetings, so meeting attendees can share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.
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Along with these, the company also relaunched it's 22-year-old feature phone Nokia 8110 with the support of 4G services. So it is expected that the Nokia 8 Pro could be competing with the likes of OnePlus 6T and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 smartphones.
Microsoft will also be making Teams the go-to enterprise calling software.
Microsoft has boasted of an impressive rise in the number of organisations using its Teams messaging, collaboration and communications tool. This includes Surface Hub, new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink.
You probably wouldn't guess it, but Microsoft's most popular Surface product in enterprise is its gargantuan Surface Hub.