Microsoft Teams takes on Zoom with new features like video filters, emojis

Microsoft makes Teams video meetings less tiring with its new Together mode		
		
	Frederic Lardinois

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Microsoft makes Teams video meetings less tiring with its new Together mode Frederic Lardinois @fredericl 7 hours

While Microsoft Teams, Zoom and others have helped bridge the gap, 60% feel less connected, according to a Microsoft survey.

Together Mode will start to appear with other new Microsoft Teams features during the coming weeks, the company revealed. The computer software huge has been doing the job on a new "Together Mode" for Teams ever given that the COVID-19 pandemic started, and it's developed to make a digital dwell avatar of yourself that is meant to enable you far better interact with meetings.

Spataro emphasized that Microsoft's research backs this claim. These include a larger gallery view which supports up to 49 participants in a meeting. Other new features are dynamic view, video filter, live reactions, Cortana in Teams, chat bubbles and suggested replies.

"Today, we are reimagining the personal workspace with Microsoft Teams displays by integrating the Teams collaboration and communication experience into your home and workplace with high fidelity audio and video", the company wrote in the blog post.

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Microsoft Teams displays: Teams display is a new series of all-in-one Teams devices that offer touchscreen and hands-free support. Microsoft is working on more views, however, which are coming down the pike. Called Teams Displays, the first new devices are from Lenovo and Yealink. At this point, Microsoft, who tries to be the best, does not try his best and does everything he can to move Teams forward. In May, Teams skyrocketed to 75 Million DAUs and gained 31 million new users from the previous month of April.

In the Teams mobile app, Cortana is getting some muscle, able to send details and files to people, send messages, even block time for focusing. There's also a new dynamic view for conferences, which allows you to choose how many participants you want to see at a time and how big the PowerPoint slide or the shared screen everyone's looking at is supposed to be. That capability also will be coming "later this year".

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Even though there are challenges in replicating and scaling live annual tech conferences to a digital platform, the emerging features and tools to enhance virtual events are promising.

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"While Teams already provides live captions as a way to follow along with what is being said in a meeting, soon we will add speaker attribution to captions so that everyone knows who is speaking". It will be available for all users by the end of the next month. The Tasks app in Teams will get renamed from earlier product versions called "Planner", "Tasks by Planner" and "To Do", Microsoft explained in a document note.

When will Microsoft Teams' new features and displays arrive?

Together mode is predicted to help relieve video meeting fatigue and encourage collaboration by setting up a simulation that mimics brainstorming sessions and round table discussions in real life. That's supposed to make users feel like they're in the same room with everyone else in the meeting or class, hopefully leading to mor engaging meetings by helping users focus on body language and faces that mimic in-person interactions.

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