Microsoft continues to strengthen the functionality of Teams for organizations with telecommuting or hybrid work policies, including improving live transcripts, Android features, and smart features for the education industry.
The latest updates to Microsoft Teams, detailed in its August update, are expected to make video meetings more enjoyable for everyone and include new features for presenters and attendees. Live captions and transcripts in Teams come in handy for multilingual international businesses and anyone who needs to take notes during meetings.
Teams now has a “reporter mode” that positions content from a screen shared with attendees, such as a host’s slides, as a visual aid over the presenter’s shoulder, much like it does. ‘a report. There is also a side-by-side mode that displays a video stream alongside the presenter content. These two new presentation modes join the previously announced Standout mode, and are available when sharing a desktop and window in the Teams desktop app.
Face the competition from Zoom
Microsoft launched its AI-powered live transcription service in Teams in March for Microsoft 365 E3, Microsoft 365 E5, Microsoft 365 Business Standard, and Microsoft 365 Business Premium licenses. The competing video-meeting service Zoom offered live transcripts for the free accounts. But Microsoft’s Teams real-time captioning and transcription feature was previously only available in English. Now it is also available in 27 other languages, including French, German, Portuguese, Japanese and Hindi.
Another live transcription feature has been added to Teams – the app immediately begins live transcription when recording is enabled. Teams Rooms on Android has also been updated to allow faster login and more structured deployment of Android devices. This means admins can provision and log in to Teams panels remotely.
Teams Together mode can now be customized through Microsoft’s low-code Power Platform. This is one more way for Microsoft to integrate Teams, Outlook and Dynamics 365. Other updates include the Teams for Education “reading progress” tool, which launched in August. It aims to help teachers assess students’ reading fluency in video and audio formats.