Microsoft Teams Together mode makes meetings more engaging using AI segmentation technology

Joanna Estrada
July 9, 2020

Another important new update for Microsoft Teams is the new dynamic view that uses AI to dynamically personalize your view to suit your preferences and needs. Expect these features to also roll out later this year.

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Finally, Microsoft is adding suggested replies to Teams later this month. The company last disclosed, in late April, that Teams had surpassed 75 million daily active users - up from 32 million daily active users as of March 11.

One of the bigger new features headed to Teams fleshes out the live captions feature that already exists. Microsoft announced today several new features headed to Teams later this year. Conversely, Microsoft is also releasing Dynamic View which gives call moderators more control over how shared content is displayed during a meeting by automatically optimizing the featured content and participants. This feature will virtually place participants in a shared background to make it feel like you are sitting in the same room with all other meeting participants. Teams will get additional shared backgrounds in the future such as a conference room, cafe or classroom, Microsoft said.

Together Mode, which is made possible by AI segmentation technology, is an improvement because it lets users focus on the body language and faces of other users, according to Microsoft. Once installed, the extension will make it easier for managers, leaders, and teachers to track their teams' performance, the status of a project, current events, or a change within the organization.

Together Mode with auditorium view is gradually rolling out now and it will be available worldwide in August 2020.

Microsoft hopes to help attendees of online meetings feel more connected to everyone else on the call using AI-driven processes. For instance, you'll be able to control your view of shared content and will be able to see specific participants side-by-side if desired, Microsoft said. Soon, Microsoft says it will add speaker attribution to captions so you know who is talking. Additionally, Microsoft is making chat discussion easier to surface during meetings by putting chat bubbles over participants' squares when they send something.

Along with launching new features for video meetings, Microsoft said it's also tackling personal productivity within Teams. Later this month, you'll get access to a unified view of tasks across Microsoft To Do, Planner, and Outlook. This feature will be generally available in August.

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