Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Microsoft chat tool Teams counts 200000 customers

Microsoft chat tool Teams counts 200000 customers

The number was disclosed while announcing new Teams features including instant language translation and Cortana integration.

These are all definitely some exciting features, helping give Microsoft Teams some more edge over the popular collaboration tool, Slack.

Adds host of new features, including direct routing to SIP trunks, and expanded hardware support.

Microsoft Teams was officially launched in March last year as Redmond to mount a challenge to workplace communication app Slack, which has rapidly established itself as an enterprise tool in recent years.

Enterprises seem to be taking heed, based on unsubstantiated Microsoft-reported numbers.

That's up from 125,000 in September, when Microsoft announced Teams would replace Skype for Business in the Office 365 bundle. Additionally, she said, almost 70% of Skype for Business enterprise customers have begun using Teams. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices.

Let us not forget why Microsoft chose to build out Teams, it was because of the success of Slack which makes you wonder if buying the competing software would have been a better move? The enterprise calling features are set to arrive in Q2 of 2018, and the other features, like Cloud Recording and in-line translation, will arrive later in the year. "Of course we'll continue to push for the most competitive pricing, but we recognize that existing telco relationships are there, and we want to support them". The company shared today Teams will pick up consultative transfer and call delegation and federation features. For instance, "Microsoft Teams will be natively supported on a Surface Hub (above), enhancing the capabilities of Teams in huddle spaces and meeting rooms", the software giant said. 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.

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. Microsoft hasn't released DAU info for Teams.

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