Microsoft Teams received a bevy of new capabilities that focus on new ways to customize the experience for users and manage the workflow for administrators, all announced at Microsoft’s annual infrastructure-focused Ignite conference in Orlando on Nov. 4.
In a blog post running down the newly released features, Microsoft Teams Product Marketer Karan Nigam shares the goods:
Poly and Yealink will launch Microsoft Teams collaboration bars in early 2020.
Courtesy: Microsoft Teams Blog
Source: Web Conferencing Data Quadrant at SoftwareReviews, Report Published April 10, 2019
Clearly, there are many new capabilities to take in here. With that long list, Microsoft is signaling that it’s committed to making Teams the center of everyone’s workday. Just as Slack has done for many startups with its integration capabilities, Teams is becoming the leaping-off point for just about any work task that involves collaboration.
Teams' inclusion in the Microsoft 365 ecosystem already provided a good starting point for this sort of workflow centrality, given many enterprises’ reliance on Microsoft productivity software. By allowing integration with other enterprise technology, providing a way for custom applications to be easily added and used, and centralizing some of the admin functions, Microsoft is making it even easier for organizations to justify shifting more activities to this collaboration space. Just as Microsoft Outlook made the inbox the center of the workday for the current generation, Teams could make collaboration software the center for the next generation.
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