Microsoft chat tool Teams counts 200000 customers


If participants that speak different languages join in, Teams will support in-line message translation to let them "fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat".

But now a year after its initial launch Microsoft has unveiled some new Teams features, including integration with Cortana and inline message translation. Additionally, she said, almost 70% of Skype for Business enterprise customers have begun using Teams.

While the new models will inevitably pick up hardware upgrades, Microsoft is also now working on upgrading the Surface Hub 2 UI.

Teams, which began rolling out to Office 365 subscribers a year ago, is Microsoft's answer to the Slack messaging platform. The company also said Teams will soon be available on its huge digital whiteboard, Microsoft Surface Hub. The numbers sound good, of course, but Wright declined specifying the number of users or discussing how widespread usage might be within those organizations. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices.

Additionally, Microsoft is now working with more OEMs (like Lenovo and HP) and partners (like Logitech, Crestron, and Polycom) to make sure Teams is enabled on more calling and meeting room devices.

In the competition for new customers, Microsoft Teams benefits from its inclusion in business editions of Microsoft's Office 365 at no extra charge. The last addition is mobile sharing in meetings, so meeting attendees can share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.

Whether a customer chooses to use the Microsoft Calling Plan or Direct Routing will come down to pricing considerations and existing relationships, she added. The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features. Acknowledging how "wonky" it is that Teams hasn't been able to run on Surface Hub thus far, Microsoft has now added native support, she said. Microsoft highlighted that Plantronics is making desk phones that can tap into Microsoft Teams to make voice calls.