Microsoft Teams to get new enterprise-grade calling features later this year

Microsoft Polishes Teams Story

Microsoft proudly proclaimed "200,000 organizations in 181 markets and 39 languages use Teams" while Slack only claims 50,000. With that so, Microsoft is also looking to advance the features of Teams.

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. See more on these features below.

Eventually, it will be possible to shunt recordings of meetings into Microsoft's cloud along with automatic timecoded transcriptions and inline message translation. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees. A planned blurring option will introduce the ability to hide the background of a webcam feed during a meeting, while an inline translation tool is set to facilitate communications between people who speak different languages.

Beyond the Surface Hub and internal devices, the Teams hardware ecosystem now also includes meeting room systems from HP and Lenovo; new desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink; new conference room phones from Creston, Polycom, and Yealink; and new mobile phone stations from Plantronics.

Background blur on video-The ability to blur your background during video calls will allow other meeting attendees to focus on you, not what's behind you. The feature lets people use vocal commands to make a call, join a meeting or add people to a meeting.

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And meeting attendee sharing of live video streams, photos or screens from mobile devices.

Let us not forget why Microsoft chose to build out Teams, it was because of the success of Slack which makes you wonder if buying the competing software would have been a better move?

In addition to several new AI features, Microsoft today announced that they will bring new enterprise-grade calling features to Teams later this year. The other new features, in turn, likewise aim to streamline the user experience.

Microsoft this morning cited companies including General Motors, ConocoPhillips, NASCAR, Technicolor, RLH Corporation and A.P. Moller as Teams customers. You can hear more about these features during Enterprise Connect this week on Wednesday, March 14.

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