Microsoft Teams: Collaborative Communication


Microsoft Teams has made major expansions regarding new capabilities and customer usage in the past year.
Within the last year, Microsoft Teams has progressed to become the ultimate hub for teamwork. Teams provides chat-based collaboration, calling, meetings, and soon, full enterprise voice features.  As part of Office 365, Teams delivers all of these features along with enterprise-grade security and compliance standards making it fitting for businesses at all levels to implement.

New features in Teams:

  • Cloud recording - One-click meeting recordings with automatic transcription and time coding, allowing every team member to have the ability to read captions, search within the conversation, and playback the meeting. In the future, facial recognition capabilities will be added, so that things said can be attributed to certain meeting attendees.
  • Inline message translation - Communication in different languages will be translated in real time in order to fluidly allow for smooth communication.
  • Cortana voice interactions for Teams-enabled devices - You can easily make a call, join a meeting, or add people to a meeting in Teams using spoken, natural language. This feature will extend to IP phones and conference room devices.
  • Background blur on video - The ability to blur your background during video calls will enable other video meeting attendees to focus on you, not what’s behind you.
  • Proximity detection for Teams Meetings - This will make it easy for you to discover and add nearby and available Skype Room Systems to any meeting.
  • Mobile sharing in meetings - Meeting attendees will be equipped with screen-sharing, as well as the ability to share live vide streams and photos.

Inclusive communications for your devices

Hardware is extremely significant in order to deliver consistent, high-quality video and voice experiences. Teams is enabled for a full spectrum of calling and meeting room devices, including:
  • Microsoft collaboration devices - Microsoft Surface Hub is an all-in-one, large-screen team collaboration device. Microsoft Teams is natively supported by Surface Hub, extending the abilities of Teams in huddle spaces and meeting rooms equipped with Surface Hub.
  • Meeting room systems - Lenovo and HP join partners Logitech, Crestron, and Polycom to change the conference room experience with rich audio, HD video, center-of-room control, and one-touch join. All Skype Room Systems will support Teams meetings.
  • Connections to existing equipment - Microsoft Teams will certify new solutions from BlueJeans, Pexip, and Polycom to support interoperability for Teams meetings using existing hardware.
  • Desk and conference phones - New desk phones from AudioCodes and Yelling, as well as new conference room phones from Crestron, Polycom, and Yelling run a native Microsoft Teams application that provide consistent and streamlined communication experiences.
  • Mobile phone stations - New mobile phone stations from Plantronics enable mobile users to experience desk phone capabilities with Teams.


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