Microsoft announces several new AI features for Teams

Microsoft announces several new AI features for Teams

Microsoft announces several new AI features for Teams

To celebrate the moment, Microsoft today detailed some important milestones and the future AI-inspired features planned for the chat-based collaboration tool.

Microsoft also announced in a blog posting a significant rise in the the number of businesses using Teams.

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But perhaps of the more interesting new additions will the addition of inline message translation.

Inline message translation-People who speak different languages will be able to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.

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.

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Automatic background blurring in video calls- Microsoft Teams can now use AI to automatically blur the background on a video call, while keeping you in focus. A future upgrade will include facial recognition so that comments can be assigned to specific individuals. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices. You can now start, join or add people to meetings by giving natural language voice commands to Cortana, for one. This includes Surface Hub, the large-screen video collaboration device for huddle spaces and other small-to-medium meeting rooms.

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. Team Meetings will also support audio and HD video conference room systems from Lenovo, HP, Logitech and others, along with any Skype Room systems.

Unlike Slack, Teams unsurprisingly does not seek to dispense with corporate email, opting to integrate messaging with office apps (such as Outlook) as a collaborative tool.

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

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