Microsoft's Slack rival gets translation and Surface Hub compatibility

Microsoft Teams

Teams usage should tick upwards in the coming year as Microsoft gently nudges Skype for Business from its perch.

Eventually, it will be possible to shunt recordings of meetings into Microsoft's cloud along with automatic timecoded transcriptions and inline message translation. In making a limited announcement about the new product now, Microsoft says that it is giving companies time to forward allocate their budgets. To help participants see you more clearly, the system will blur out a distracting background, putting the focus of the video on you rather than any clutter behind. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees.

The latest enhancements break down along the lines of features and functionality, calling, and device support, Wright said.

Background blurring of video calls will allow Team users to pretend they are not really calling from the pub.

Proximity detection for Teams Meetings-This feature will make it easy for you to discover and add a nearby and available Skype Room System to any meeting.

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She did, however, call out one additional statistic, that being that Microsoft has more than 125 million users on Office 365 today - and since Teams is built on the backbone of Office 365, "the data we get through the Microsoft Graph lets us do things we want to do around AI, cognitive services, and machine learning to power the future of intelligent communications". The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.

Mobile sharing in meetings-Meeting attendees will be able to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device. This includes Surface Hub, new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink and new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yealink.

Microsoft officially launched Microsoft Teams team collaboration service one year back.

You probably wouldn't guess it, but Microsoft's most popular Surface product in enterprise is its gargantuan Surface Hub.