Microsoft Teams celebrates second birthday with new features that will help you get more work done

Customised backgrounds, live captions and automatic information protection are just some of the new Teams features that have been proclaimed to mark the second day of remembrance of its launch.

The updates to Microsoft’s popular collaboration tool, which is free with Office 365 and includes secure group chat, web conferencing and matched chat employment, will “make meetings more comprehensive and effective piece delivering new levels of security and compliance”, the company aforesaid.

It comes amid a surge in quality for Teams, with 91 of the largest 100 companies in the US exploitation the product.

Anyone exploitation Teams will shortly be able to customise their background (top), allowing them to add a company logotype or office environment when working from home, for example. The feature builds on a current tool that lets people blur their background to minimize distractions.

There will besides be support for extra USB cameras. exploitation Microsoft’s new Intelligent Capture tool, Teams will focus, size and enhance images and text on whiteboards – even when person is standing in front of the content – so people observation remotely will see everything clearly (below).

New Whiteboard feature in Teams

Another approaching feature creates an infinite whiteboard inside Teams that callers can use to collaborate. They can besides add content from a physical whiteboard onto the digital canvas inside Teams without having to recreate it.

For participants who are deaf or hard of hearing, or have different levels of language proficiency, Teams will shortly support live captions. battery-powered by the psychological feature Speech employment available on Azure, they will ab initio be available in English, with more languages to follow later this year.

“This week Marks the second day of remembrance of the worldwide launch of Microsoft Teams,” aforesaid Lori Wright, General Manager of Microsoft 365. “Over the past two years, Teams has adult significantly in some new capabilities and client usage, as the hub for cooperation that brings people together and fosters a culture of engagement and inclusion. Today, more than 500,000 organizations, including 91 of the Fortune 100, are exploitation Teams to collaborate crosswise locations, time zones and languages.

“Microsoft Teams is up work collaboration by portion organizations move from an array of disparate apps to a single, secure hub that brings together what teams need including chat, meetings and career, all with native integration to the Office 365 apps. Users can customize and extend their experience with third-party apps, processes and inclination, giving them the tools they need to get work done.”

Another new Teams feature coming later this year is “secure private channels”, which lets users decide which members of their team can access chosen conversations and files. This limits exposure to sensitive content without the need to create separate groups. According to Microsoft, this was one of the most unrequested features.

Microsoft Teams at two

Similarly, “information barriers” let you limit who can collaborate and communicate with each other in Teams. “This is particularly helpful for organisations that need to adhere to ethical walls requirements and other related industry standards and regulations,” Wright aforesaid.

Cybersecurity is high on most executives’ priority list. According to research by charity Business in the Community, 40% of small businesses have not taken any action on cybersecurity in the past year. In addition, more than three-quarters of companies aforesaid they had no policy for dominant access to their information systems.

Microsoft has proclaimed it will roll out information Loss bar in Teams chats and conversations to change clients to observe, mechanically protect and monitor sensitive information in conversations. This will help admins prevent sensitive information from accidentally being shared or leaked.

Teams Live
Live Events in Microsoft 365

Finally, “Live Events in Microsoft 365” allows anyone to create live and on-demand events exploitation video and interactive discussion crosswise Teams, Stream or Yammer. Up to 10,000 attendees can participate in time period from any location, on any device, or catch up at a later date with AI features so much as automatic transcription.

Teams has adult in quality since its launch in 2017, with companies so much as Pfizer, General Motors and National Bank of Canada exploitation the tool to help their staff collaborate. Around 80,000 organisations have started exploitation the tool since the end of January, piece a Spiceworks survey at the end of last year discovered that Teams adoption has up from 3% of IT professionals in 2016 to 21% in 2018.

Microsoft besides discovered Teams will shortly support nine extra languages – Hindi, Filipino, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada, and Malayalam – adding to the 44 presently available in 181 markets crosswise the world.

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