Microsoft Teams to get new enterprise-grade calling features later this year

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Microsoft is also adding a number of new features during the year.

Microsoft has added several features to its team collaboration platform Teams, including integration with the company's Cortana voice assistant and inline translation of messages written in foreign languages.

Microsoft Office vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer launches Microsoft Teams one year ago this week on the company's Redmond campus.

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.

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.

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First off is cloud recording, which 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".

The Teams team has taken steps over the last few months to deal with user complaints about the product, with oft-requested-feature guest access making an appearance in March. Microsoft said it would include facial recognition in the future, so particular remarks can be attributed to the right person. Essentially, this will allow people who speak different languages to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat. The feature lets people use vocal commands to make a call, join a meeting or add people to a meeting.

Background blurring of video calls will allow Team users to pretend they are not really calling from the pub.

Another feature which Microsoft will be adding is the option to share a live video stream, photos or the screen via the Microsoft Teams mobile app. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.

Enterprise Calling While Microsoft continues bolstering the enterprise-grade calling features available in Teams, the emphasis today is a capability it calls Direct Routing.

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