Microsoft's Slack competitor is getting Cortana integration and message translation

The Microsoft Surface Hub will be getting a sequel later this year

The Microsoft Surface Hub will be getting a sequel later this year

When Microsoft takes the Enterprise Connect 2018 keynote stage on Wednesday, it will be one year to the date of introducing general availability for its team collaboration app, Teams.

Microsoft Teams is now being used by 200,000 organizations in 181 markets around the world, up four-fold since the tech giant's workplace chat and collaboration technology launched one year ago this week, according to new statistics released by the Redmond company this morning.

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

"Over the past year, Teams has evolved to become the ultimate hub for teamwork", said Redmond.

Automatic background blurring in video calls- Microsoft Teams can now use AI to automatically blur the background on a video call, while keeping you in focus. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees.

Language Translation - Using native Microsoft Translator integration, Microsoft Teams can now translate messages in other languages right from within the chat window.

Cortana integration is coming to Microsoft Teams soon, with support for voice interactions through Team-enabled devices like IP phones and conference room devices.

Background blurring of video calls will allow Team users to pretend they are not really calling from the pub.

The last two additions will be proximity detection for Teams Meetings, to make it easier for people 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.

Whether a customer chooses to use the Microsoft Calling Plan or Direct Routing will come down to pricing considerations and existing relationships, she added. This will allow a person to "to easily make a call, join a meeting, or add other people to a meeting in Teams using spoken, natural language". The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features.

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