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Microsoft Teams to accommodate offline and low-bandwidth users

by Val Lukhanyu
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Microsoft will start allowing users without an internet connection and those with low bandwidth connectivity to read chat messages on its remote working platform Teams, making it easier for users to continue working no matter where they are. 

The announcement is part of a more comprehensive upgrade program aimed at enhancing the user experience across the globe as they shift to remote working and learning to keep themselves and the people around them healthy and safe amidst Covid-19. 

“Enabling remote work is more important than ever. We are committed to building the tools that help organizations, teams, and individuals stay productive. And connected even when they need to work apart,” says Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365. 

As part of this upgrade program, Teams is also introducing real-time noise suppression capabilities to minimize distracting background noise, allowing participants to concentrate in large meetings. The newly introduced raise hand feature lets anyone in the forum send a visual signal that they have something to say. 

“We continue to invest in experiences that will make it easier for teams to communicate and collaborate. The new capabilities we are announcing reflect our commitment to two things; building the very best online meeting experience for our customers; and bringing technological solutions to traditionally underserved professionals, including first-line and healthcare workers,” explains Spataro. 

Teams will soon enable users to pop out chats into a separate window to help them streamline their workflow and move more easily between ongoing conversations. We are also expanding the Teams devices ecosystem, with new devices certified for Teams. The Yealink VC210, now generally available, is the first collaboration bar-certified for Teams and brings together speakers, microphone, camera, and the Teams app to deliver a meeting experience for smaller conference rooms that are simple to install and easy to manage.

Thousands of organizations, large and small, have discovered how Teams can be their hub for teamwork. Including to help them to stay connected and engaged. In the face of COVID-19. there are countless stories from customers who are using online video conference facilities to connect and thrive in inspiring ways.

Universities across the world are moving courses online. While doctors are using Teams for videoconferencing with patients. Especially those who are most vulnerable to Coronavirus, as a way to protect both patients and healthcare providers. 

Additionally, Microsoft has introduced a Bookings app in Teams. Which makes it easy to schedule, manage, and conduct virtual appointments. Especially for situations like healthcare patient consults, client meetings, or job candidate interviews.

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