Alex Hazeldine, Vuzion Channel Relationship Manager, writes…
Two years on since Teams launched, and Microsoft continues to wow the world with its commitment to developing solutions and services to support the modern workplace, and specifically with their continued enhancement and upgrade to Office 365’s team hub, Teams.
Microsoft General Manager of Microsoft 365, Lori Wright, says, "Microsoft Teams is improving workplace collaboration by helping organizations move from an array of disparate apps to a single, secure hub that brings together what teams need, including chat, meetings, and calling, all with native integration to the Office 365 apps. Users can customize and extend their experience with third-party apps, processes, and devices, giving them the tools they need to get work done."
It's, therefore, great to read about the next set of new capabilities to be introduced into Teams:
- Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in chats and conversations - available for Office 365 and Microsoft 365 plans with Office 365 Advanced Compliance, this feature helps prevent the inadvertent sharing or leaking of sensitive information, using a detection, protection and screening process. (Feature now generally available)
- Live events in Microsoft 365 - incorporating video and interactive discussion (using Teams, Stream, or Yammer) capabilities, live and on-demand events can be created for up to 10,000 attendees. (Feature now generally available)
- Microsoft Whiteboard in Teams meetings - enabling meeting attendees to work together, either in person or remotely, Teams’ digital canvas feature also offers the ability to incorporate content accessed from a physical whiteboard. (Feature now in public preview)
- Live captions & subtitles - enhancing the meeting experience for those with hearing impairment, real-time speaker captions are also of use in scenarios, for example, where language proficiency is lacking or there’s perhaps noise in the background. (Microsoft has announced the English preview to be coming soon)
- Customised backgrounds - development of Microsoft’s intelligent background blur technology sees the capability created to enable the selection of a background setting for meeting and video calls, such as a company logo or office location. (Feature is due to be available later in the year)
- Content cameras and Intelligent Capture to be able to capture even more content - perhaps, from for example, an analog whiteboard - Microsoft will be making available an additional camera, while the Intelligent Capture feature will capture, focus, resize, and enhance whiteboard images and text. This will enable even remote attendees to see idea-sharing in real-time - even when view of the whiteboard would have been compromised … (And another feature due to be launched later this year)
- Secure private channels - this has been one of the most frequently asked for requests, as it will enable businesses to manage and control exactly who from a team can see which conversations and files. (This is also announced as a feature due to be launched later this year)
- Information barriers - and another team member management feature, this will allow businesses to control the extent of communication and collaboration between team members. (Microsoft has announced these details with merely a ‘coming ‘soon’ tag)
The uptake of Teams continues apace, across the world, and by businesses and organisations of all size.
Microsoft reports 500,000 organisations using Teams globally, and which includes 91 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. Vuzion partners involved in the modern workplace space certainly value the Teams features and point to the hub being a major benefit to customers.
This is why we’re not surprised to learn that Teams has just been awarded Best in Show at Enterprise Connect in Orlando Florida, the US’s leading enterprise communications and collaboration conference (and an award received for the second year running) - in recognition of Teams’ “vision for making communication and collaboration easier for the entire workforce, including those on the frontline,” (Lori Wright).