Microsoft has recently announced to launch a new feature for 'Teams'. The feature, known as "Together Mode" was under the works since the beginning of the global pandemic and it is now finally ready. It will allow you to create an avatar of yourself which will work live. That is, through artificial intelligence, you can place yourself along with other meeting members in a virtual space, which can be anything ranging from a meeting room to a coffee shop. But the features are more than just a virtual space, read on to explore.
The very basic advantage of these virtual spaces would be more fun and clear viewing. Since the virtual environment will be simulated, so there will be lesser distractions that normally go around in group video calls. Since Artificial Intelligence will properly determine and set the head and shoulders of every person, you also get to focus on their body language, which too is otherwise disturbed and hard to catch due to environmental disturbances.
This new Together Mode will be available to all Microsoft Teams users in August. In the beginning, only an auditorium view will be offered, but more views and virtual spaces are expected with time. Along with this Together Mode, a dynamic view feature is also set to be launched soon, which will be useful for giving presentations to a large group of people. It will enable people to share content dynamically and simultaneously and it will also allow you to view your presentation at one side and some specific people's video on the other, for all team members. Moreover, Microsoft is set to increase the number of meeting participants to 1000 and even as many as 20,000 for exactly such presentation meetings and discussions.
Not only this but live reactions and filters are also being added to Microsoft Teams, which will allow you to improve your webcam performance. These will provide you with light adjustment features, levelling and softening camera focus, and of course, the live reactions means your meeting can have an abundance of emojis! Another live feature that will be added soon will be the real-time translation of captions into subtitles. So if you are watching someone speaking in a different language, it will be a piece of cake for you to understand. Microsoft also plans to add chat bubbles in the upper portion of the call, so they are viewed properly. Short, automated replies are also to set to make their debut for you to respond quickly to questions and anything at all.
It is no doubt that all these recent updates which will boost the Microsoft Teams app later this year, are a fit response to competitors in the video calling sphere. The global pandemic has set about a huge opportunity for this software giant, as they come up with all these cool ideas. They have even officially asked Yealink and Lenovo to create new displays for Microsoft Teams, which will allow Cortana to deliver a touchscreen and hands-free experience on their devices, such as Lenovo's ThinkSmart View, which is currently in the works.