The use of Microsoft Teams has really taken off during lockdown as Jared Sapatro Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365 writes in Reimagining virtual collaboration for the future of work and learning (8 July 2020).
“We’ve reached an inflection point. As the global response to COVID-19 evolves, communities around the world have moved from an era of “remote everything” into a more hybrid model of work, learning, and life. And as we all scramble to keep up, the future of work and education is being shaped before our eyes. At Microsoft, we’ve spent the last few months learning from our customers and studying how they use our tools. We’ve also worked with experts across virtual reality, AI, and productivity research to help understand the future of work ..
Today we’re announcing a set of new features in Microsoft Teams that make virtual interactions more natural, more engaging, and ultimately, more human. These features offer three key benefits for people at work and in education. First, they help you feel more connected with your team and reduce meeting fatigue. Second, they make meetings more inclusive and engaging. And third, they help streamline your work and save time. It’s all about enabling people everywhere to collaborate, to stay connected, and to discover new ways to be productive from anywhere.”
The new features described in Jared’s post include Together mode (see image above), Dynamic view, Video filters, Reflect messaging extension, Live reactions, Chat bubbles, and Speaker attribution for live captions and transcripts
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