Written byShubham Sharma
The Redmond giant has announced a new set of features for the program, making virtual interaction and collaboration much more natural, engaging, inclusive, and streamlined for users around the world.
Let's take a look at Teams' new capabilities.
To make sure remote meetings do not become tiring, Microsoft is adding a new Together mode that shows all conference participants in a shared background, making it look like everyone is sharing the same space.
The feature uses Microsoft's AI segmentation technology and makes meetings more engaging by bringing back focus on people's faces, body language, and other non-verbal cues critical to human interaction.
Along with the new shared background view, Microsoft is also enhancing the traditional meeting format with a new 'dynamic view.'
As part of this, you can view the feed of specific call participants next to the presented content.
The feature uses AI, and can help you easily note the reaction of participants to the content that you/someone shared.
Next, Microsoft is bringing enhanced filters to increase the lighting levels in your video feed and to make subtle changes and improve the focus of the webcam.
There is also a new live reactions feature which will let you share emoji reactions during a meeting, making it easier for the host to gauge feedback on their presentation or message.
Also, to enable bigger virtual meetings, where participants can chat and collaborate, Teams is increasing the number of supported attendees to up to 1,000 people.
In case you just want to present something, the number of "view-only" joiners can go up to 20,000.
Evidently, this will push a number of companies to switch to Teams.
Among other things, Microsoft is working to bring live transcription and translation for Teams' calls, with the former saving a properly attributed transcription of the call, while the latter translating the live captions in real-time.
Then, there will be Cortana integration in the Teams app, AI-backed quick suggested replies for Teams' channels, and chat bubbles that will appear on the call screen during meetings.
While Together and Dynamic mode will be available for use by August, other features, including transcription and translation functions, will become available for Teams' users later this year.
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