Microsoft Teams turns three years old this week, and to celebrate, Microsoft announced several upcoming features for the service. Many of the features focus on reducing distraction and enabling more direct communication. All of the newly announced features are set to arrive later this year, though a few will be available sooner.
Here’s a quick list of the new features on the way for Microsoft Teams:
- Real-time noise suppression that can minimize background noise
- A raise hand feature that sends a visual signal that a person has something to say
- Integration with RealWear head-mounted devices for hands-free communication
- Support for the Bookings app in Teams
- The ability to pop out chats into separate windows
- Offline and low-bandwidth support
- Support for the Yealink VC210
- Support for the Bose Noise Cancelling headphone 700UC
Microsoft Teams has gained a significant market share over its first three years and appears to stack well against Slack in terms of usage numbers. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Microsoft made the premium version of Microsoft Teams free.