Microsoft Teams Developer Preview has been with us since November 2016 when the workplace chat solution was first announced. Microsoft has since released Teams fully to the public and wants to continue to nurture developers.
The Teams Developer Preview gives dev's tools to easily create applications for the collaboration platform. Integrating services into Microsoft Teams has allowed the Store to be populated with a decent number of apps.
To continue to drive development, the Microsoft Teams platform is scoring new developer tools. However, Bill Bliss, Platform Architect and Head of Developer Ecosystem for Teams admits the company has not always done a good job at keeping track of new features.
With that in mind, Bliss announced a new changelog webpage. The new page will provide the latest information on Microsoft Teams Developer Preview. This will include new features, tools, and any news regarding the platform.
It's been a while since I've tweeted on what's new on the #MicrosoftTeams platform.
— Bill Bliss (@bill_bliss) April 19, 2018
Bliss says Microsoft is committed to keeping the page up to date.
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Last month, Microsoft Teams celebrated one year as an available platform. To celebrate, Microsoft added plenty of new artificial intelligence (AI) integrations to Teams. The first birthday update added the following AI-powered features:
- “Cloud recording—Will provide one-click meeting recordings with automatic transcription and timecoding, enabling all team members the ability to read captions, search within the conversation, and playback all or part of the meeting. In the future, it will also include facial recognition, so remarks can be attributed to specific meeting attendees.
- Inline message translation—People who speak different languages will be able to fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat.
- Cortana voice interactions for Teams-enabled devices—Will enable you to easily make a call, join a meeting, or add other people to a meeting in Teams using spoken, natural language. This functionality will extend to IP phones and conference room devices.
- Background blur on video—The ability to blur your background during video calls will allow other meeting attendees to focus on you, not what's behind you.
- Proximity detection for Teams Meetings—This feature will make it easy for you to discover and add a nearby and available Skype Room System to any meeting.
- Mobile sharing in meetings—Meeting attendees will be able to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device.”
Microsoft was quick to point out how Teams has frown over one year. The company says Teams is now being used by over 200,000 organizations.