Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

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
Theresa Hayes | 12 March, 2018, 21:25

It is created to work with Windows 10 Ink as well, and allows users to collaborate more effectively in meetings including interacting with other teams using a Surface Hub remotely.

While the new models will inevitably pick up hardware upgrades, Microsoft is also now working on upgrading the Surface Hub 2 UI. Features coming in the second quarter of 2018 include cloud recording, inline message translation, Cortana, background blur on video, proximity detections, and more.

Microsoft Office vice president Kirk Koenigsbauer launches Microsoft Teams one year ago this week on the company's Redmond campus. With 5,000 companies in 25 countries owning one or more Hubs, the company has, unsurprisingly, announced plans to introduce a sequel later this year.

Microsoft Teams is now being used by 200,000 organizations in 181 markets around the world, up four-fold since the tech giant's workplace chat and collaboration technology launched one year ago this week, according to new statistics released by the Redmond company this morning. Additionally, she said, almost 70% of Skype for Business enterprise customers have begun using Teams.

The cloud meeting recordings capability will be available this summer, with the other features and functionalities to follow later this year, Wright said.

In the competition for new customers, Microsoft Teams benefits from its inclusion in business editions of Microsoft's Office 365 at no extra charge. With Direct Routing, enterprises can connect SIP trunks into Teams, turning it into a full-fledged voice service, Wright said. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features. Microsoft highlighted that Plantronics is making desk phones that can tap into Microsoft Teams to make voice calls. This includes Surface Hub, the large-screen video collaboration device for huddle spaces and other small-to-medium meeting rooms. In addition, Microsoft is certifying interoperability between Teams and existing BlueJeans Network, Pexip, and Polycom hardware solutions.