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.
Apple’s attention-getting new hardware announcements played up a lot of new camera features and screen quality upgrades. While web conferencing users who rely on their mobile device to join work meetings will enjoy some incremental improvements, not all of the features showcased in the reveal keynote will make a difference.
Google is extending the live captions feature on Hangouts Meet to mobile users with its addition to the Meet Android app, according to the G Suite Updates Blog on September 16.
A vendor in the web conferencing space garnished award honors from the Stevie 16th Annual International Business Awards announced on Aug. 27. Mountain View, California-based Blue Jeans Network Inc. (BlueJeans) is a newly-minted award winner for its customer services team, but what does the award really mean for customers?
Cisco’s shares fell nearly 16% in August. However, the broader context is that Cisco’s poor stock performance might be due to external circumstances.
Getting connected to the right virtual conference room too often involves juggling several remotes and playing guessing games with cables. Vendors in the space are aware of this pain and are coming up with creative new ways of addressing it.
Microsoft Corp’s planned cannibalization of Skype for Business by Microsoft Teams looks to be going as designed, but one threat from Slack is still lurking to steal some users.
The collaboration and video conferencing software company Zoom has announced new updates to its platform.
Apple has delivered a silent update to Macs, rectifying a security flaw in its Zoom web-conferencing service.
Both Microsoft Teams and Cisco WebEx Teams released updates at the end of June. Microsoft’s most notable update changes the way Teams is deployed to some users, while WebEx Teams updates focus on feature parity with Microsoft and increased compatibility with Cisco hardware.