These are all definitely some exciting features, helping give Microsoft Teams some more edge over the popular collaboration tool, Slack.
Adds host of new features, including direct routing to SIP trunks, and expanded hardware support.
Microsoft Teams is now being used by 200,000 organizations in 181 markets around the world, up four-fold since the tech giant's workplace chat and collaboration technology launched one year ago this week, according to new statistics released by the Redmond company this morning.
Microsoft has boasted of an impressive rise in the number of organisations using its Teams messaging, collaboration and communications tool.
Microsoft this morning cited companies including General Motors, ConocoPhillips, NASCAR, Technicolor, RLH Corporation and A.P. Moller as Teams customers. The numbers sound good, of course, but Wright declined specifying the number of users or discussing how widespread usage might be within those organizations.
The Teams team has taken steps over the last few months to deal with user complaints about the product, with oft-requested-feature guest access making an appearance in March. Direct Routing will be joining Calling Plans as one of the options for Calling in Microsoft Teams and in addition they are planning to bring consultative transfer and call delegation and federation. With Direct Routing, enterprises can connect SIP trunks into Teams, turning it into a full-fledged voice service, Wright said.
That's up from 125,000 in September, when Microsoft announced Teams would replace Skype for Business in the Office 365 bundle. "Of course we'll continue to push for the most competitive pricing, but we recognize that existing telco relationships are there, and we want to support them".
The new features will begin rolling out in the second quarter.
"Over the previous year, Teams has evolved to become the ultimate hub for teamwork", said Redmond.
Mobile sharing in meetings-Meeting attendees will be able to share a live video stream, photos, or the screen from their mobile device. The company also said Teams will soon be available on its huge digital whiteboard, Microsoft Surface Hub.
The Cortana integration is for Teams-enabled VoIP phone and conference room devices.