It’s been one year since Microsoft announced its launch of Teams, groomed to become its powerhouse collaboration tool. Teams is slated to engulf Skype for Business and redefine intelligent communications for modern businesses. Last month, Microsoft pushed out a new roadmap for Teams, including the ability to make external calls, plan video conferences with 80+ users, and more. So far, 200,000 organizations in 181 markets and 39 languages use Teams, including A.P. Moller–Maersk, ConocoPhillips, Macy’s, NASCAR, Navistar, RLH Corporation, and Technicolor. General Motors is also now using Teams, and so are the employees at New Signature. And to continue to serve that demand, Microsoft has announced even more additions to the Teams space in mid-March. New Teams features in the pipeline for late FY18 and early FY19 include: Cloud recording – This will provide one-click meeting recordings with automatic transcription and timecoding, enabling all team members the ability to read captions, search within the conversation, and play back all or part of the meeting. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees. Inline message translation – People who speak different languages will be able to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat. Cortana voice interactions for Teams-enabled devices – Will enable you to easily make a call, join a meeting, or add other people to a meeting in Teams using spoken, natural language. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices. Background blur on video – The ability to blur your background during video calls will allow other meeting attendees to focus on you, not what’s behind you. Proximity detection for Teams Meetings – This feature will make it easy for you to discover and add a nearby and available Skype Room System to any meeting. Mobile sharing in meetings – Meeting attendees will be able to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device. Direct Routing – The ability to use your current telephone system with Teams for calling. With its first year in market under its belt, it’s exciting to see Teams grow, develop, and extend its uses to businesses. If you’re interested in elevating your company’s communication and collaboration platform, connect with a New Signature expert today!