Microsoft Teams has quickly become a hugely important service for Microsoft. The company last disclosed, in late April, that Teams had surpassed 75 million daily active users - up from 32 million daily active users as of March 11.
The feature comes in a set of updates that will be rolling out to the Microsoft Teams collaboration solution. With these new features, Microsoft aims at making virtual interactions "more natural, more engaging, and ultimately, more human".
Some of the other top new features coming to Microsoft Teams include live reactions (similar to Facebook Live's reactions), chat bubbles, and speaker attribution for live captions and transcripts. These include helping users feel more connected with their team and reduce meeting fatigue.
Together Mode simulates participants in collective work or classroom environments.
People who are speaking, for example, will now get framed in purple, while someone with a raised hand and a question will be framed in yellow.
Spataro says together mode is especially powerful for open-ended meetings, roundtables, or brainstorming discussions where all attendees speak and share viewpoints "because it makes it easier for participants to understand who is talking". Together Mode is rolling out now in preview, but it will be available at "general availability" commercial release in August.
As explained by the report, the new update will lessen the tiredness of its users during video calls because human brains are used to being conscious of other people based on their locations, which will interfere with the mirror effect, making it more hard to notice irregularities.
Cortana will be embedded with the display to allow for a touchless experience, and Microsoft is alo introducing a new room remote in the Teams mobile app to provide other meeting controls like the ability to leave the meeting, control muting, adjust volume and control cameras. It's created to enable individuals to dynamically share written content side by side with contributors. This tiny real-life version of the user is then placed in a virtual meeting room alongside other co-workers.
Microsoft also added additional features to Teams today. These will automatically be saved as transcripts, so it's easier to reference older meetings.
Microsoft also announced to bring Video filters to Teams. This is the rebranded Planner application that unifies tasks across Outlook, Planner, and Microsoft To Do. Commencing with the Lenovo ThinkSmart Check out, Microsoft Teams Displays will offer you an all-in-a single answer for all your video conferencing requires in a committed product that leaves you free to use your laptop or computer even in the center of a simply call. The company is now sharing the timing for the Teams "large gallery view" rollout, with the 49-person view becoming available in August.
There's no word on whether Microsoft is planning to integrate Cortana more closely with Teams in its desktop apps.