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20 March 2020 06:30

A "raise hand" button will help employees ask questions during large business meetings on Microsoft's Teams chat service.

Click 'I agree' to allow Verizon Media and our partners to use cookies and similar technologies to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads. SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 20 March 2020 - Microsoft marks the third anniversary of Teams this week--a platform that is continually shaping a new culture of work and collaboration worldwide. Thousands of organizations, large and small, have been using Teams as a hub for daily work, helping them to stay connected and engaged. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to push people everywhere into remote work and learning, enabling remote work for our customers has never felt more important, and we are grateful for the opportunity to do so." Said Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365. To mark this milestone, Microsoft announced a number of new updates that will come to Teams.

R eal-time noise suppression minimizes distracting background noise, allowing users to hear what's being said. The raise hand feature lets anyone in the meeting send a visual signal that they have something to say--especially useful in large meetings, when remote participants chime in when they need to speak. feature lets anyone in the meeting send a visual signal that they have something to say--especially useful in large meetings, when remote participants chime in when they need to speak. Bookings app in Teams to ensure that appointments like healthcare patient consults, client meetings, or job candidate interviews can be easily scheduled, managed and conducted. to ensure that appointments like healthcare patient consults, client meetings, or job candidate interviews can be easily scheduled, managed and conducted.

Pop out chats into a separate window to help you streamline your workflow and toggle more easily between ongoing conversations. With these new capabilities, Microsoft aims to build the very best meeting experiences for customers and bring technological solutions to traditionally underserved professionals, including first-line and healthcare workers. In Asia, Teams is enabling a range of organizations stay productive and connected even when they need to work apart. Intentional actions include sending or replying to a chat, joining a meeting, or opening a file in Teams. The Microsoft Teams service is reaping the benefit of social distancing, as its usage has risen 40% within the past week in the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus sees surge in Microsoft Teams usage Between March 11th and yesterday, March 18th, usage on Microsoft's Teams chat service increased from 32 million daily users to 44 million. The surge in Microsoft's Teams chat service is due to the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses, schools, and places of employment are sending many employees home for at least two weeks. With many Americans home longer than they like to be, many are turning to the internet, smartphones, and chat apps to stay in touch with family, friends, and coworkers. 3-year anniversary for Teams to bring new features The company is celebrating Teams' third anniversary by unveiling new service features. The new features to come are 1) real-time noise suppression, 2) a "raise hand" button for questions, 3) offline mode for messages and responses, and 4) pop out chat windows for easy chat switching. Real-time noise suppression eliminates all sound interruptions in conversation so that users need not worry about opening that bag of chips while on a conference call. A "raise hand" button will help employees ask questions during large business meetings on Microsoft's Teams chat service. The offline mode for messages and responses will allow employees and workers to read messages even in the absence of internet connectivity. Microsoft Teams prepares employees for the long haul These employees will likely stay in touch by way of Microsoft Teams during the coronavirus pandemic. Whether using Microsoft Teams or some other chat service such as Skype, Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts Meet, and so on, citizens cannot do it without a stable internet connection. 185 companies, including Big Red carrier Verizon Wireless, have signed a pledge called Keep Americans Connected.