Microsoft Teams — the Redmond giant’s Office productivity and Cooperation service — is celebrating Its Own two-year anniversary.
To commemorate the occasion, the company has announced a host of new attributes for the service. The business has announced eight new features, three of which are will become available now, and five will be released at a later date. Microsoft also revealed a few data about Teams, such as how over 500,000 organisations use the service now, with 91 out of the Fortune 100. It added that Teams is used in 44 languages across 181 markets.
The key new functionalities coming to Microsoft Teams are customisable wallpapers during a video chat, content cameras and Intelligent Capture processing, Whiteboard support in Teams meetings, reside captions and movie call subtitles, live events, secure private stations, information barriers, and Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in conversations as well as conversations.
The ability to choose a personalized background of somebody’s liking during video cats is a cool new feature which will enable users to apply a more appropriate background in a video phone. This feature lets users pick any picture as their movie call background and can be set to arrive later this year.
Another productive feature is a new addition to Microsoft Teams Rooms. Supporting an additional USB camera to record content like stuff written on a whiteboard, Microsoft Teams Rooms can currently utilize Microsoft’s Intelligent Capture processing to improve the text and graphics on the whiteboard, in addition to attention and resize them so. This can make it more suitable for remote participants in the meeting to have a much better look in the content. For example, the individual standing in front of a whiteboard will appear as a translucent shadow so that content covered by his/her body on the whiteboard can be clearly seen. This remarkable feature will arrive later this year.
The Satya Nadella-led company will even bring aid for Microsoft Whiteboard in Team meetings, allowing all participants to collaborate more efficiently by sharing thoughts on a single electronic canvas. Participants will even be able to push content from a physical whiteboard into the common Microsoft Whiteboard effortlessly. This attribute is now in public preview.
Another very helpful feature is support for live captions and subtitles for Teams meetings, allowing the speaker to convey their message effectively to participants with hearing problems or speech proficiency barriers. The live captioning feature will shortly arrive to your English language as a trailer for Microsoft Teams users. Additionally, Microsoft’s collaboration support has received aid for producing live events and it is currently available to all customers, permitting around 10,000 participants to tune into an occasion.
On the front of safety, Microsoft Teams will gain aid for secure private stations later this year, enabling admins to efficiently control who can get conversations and data in a particular channel. A similar feature set to arrive shortly is the ability to establish information barriers that will let users control which members may communicate with one another and collaborate on a project.
Another privacy-centric feature, which is currently widely available to most Office 365 and Microsoft 365 readers with Office 365 Advanced Compliance, is the capacity to place Data Loss Prevention (DLP) policies. DLP policies for chats and conversations will allow admins to specify and find sensitive information in conversations, and protect certain information from getting trapped by protecting it using conversation channel barriers.