Microsoft's Slack rival gets translation and Surface Hub compatibility

  • Microsoft's Slack rival gets translation and Surface Hub compatibility

Microsoft's Slack rival gets translation and Surface Hub compatibility

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?

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

When Microsoft takes the Enterprise Connect 2018 keynote stage on Wednesday, it will be one year to the date of introducing general availability for its team collaboration app, Teams.

Microsoft has now announced that Teams is now being used by over 200,000 organizations around the world including GM, A.P. Moller-Maersk, ConocoPhillips, Macy's, NASCAR, Navistar, RLH Corporation, and Technicolor. The company also said Teams will soon be available on its huge digital whiteboard, Microsoft Surface Hub.

Cloud recording-Will provide one-click meeting recordings with automatic transcription and timecoding, enabling all team members the ability to read captions, search within the conversation, and playback all or part of the meeting.

And despite market concern at Cortana's future, Microsoft said it will add Cortana voice interactions for Teams-enabled devices.

The cloud meeting recordings capability will be available this summer, with the other features and functionalities to follow later this year, Wright said. If participants that speak different languages join in, Teams will support in-line message translation to let them "fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat".

Video call participants will be able to blur the background on their calls, so the person you're talking to won't be able to see what's behind you.

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.

Mobile sharing in meetings-Meeting attendees will be able to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.