Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Microsoft's Slack rival gets translation and Surface Hub compatibility

Microsoft's Slack rival gets translation and Surface Hub compatibility

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. ConocoPhillips, General Motors, Macys, NASCAR, and Technicolor are among the 200,000 organizations using Teams today, said Lori Wright, Microsoft's GM of Teams and Skype for Business, in a No Jitter briefing.

Microsoft announced its group collaboration platform Teams nearly a year and a half ago, but it was made generally available at this time last year.

Microsoft's Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams, is turning a year old this week and to celebrate the company is unveiling some new features today.

"Over the previous year, Teams has evolved to become the ultimate hub for teamwork", said Redmond.

Adds host of new features, including direct routing to SIP trunks, and expanded hardware support.

Microsoft's AI has also made it easier to initiate and participate in Teams chats.

Device Support While roughly 60% of the coming enhancements relate to software, hardware isn't to be ignored, Wright said - because, after all, delivering on the intelligent communications experience Microsoft envisions requires compatibility between Teams and a wide variety of calling and meeting room devices.

Finally, Microsoft will soon enable one-click cloud recording, with timecoding and automatic transcription. If participants that speak different languages join in, Teams will support in-line message translation to let them "fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat". Microsoft said it would include facial recognition in the future, so particular remarks can be attributed to the right person.

Mobile sharing in meetings, enabling attendees to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices.

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.

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