Microsoft’s first all-digital conference, Ignite, just wrapped up last week, streaming many sessions conducted by keynote speakers on topics ranging from productivity to new trends in technology. The 3 day conference solidified relations between Microsoft and its partners and provided attendees with several key takeaways. Among the many attendees this year was Andrew Higgs, a Microsoft Collaboration and UC Solution Architect at MOQdigital, who shares is learnings with us on the future of work and how new features of Microsoft Teams will contribute to this.
Keys to the future of work
Microsoft’s keys to success on the future of work are focused on teamwork, culture and social capital. They understand that in order to help people focus on doing their best, organisations must focus on and prioritising their individual wellbeing. Organisations can drive this by helping their people learn, reinvent and grow with the pace of change.
Microsoft Teams: New features driving digital collaboration
True to their keys to success, Microsoft announced new features that would accelerate collaboration in the workplace and all complement Teams’ meeting function. The first new feature arrives in October 2020 and will enable developers to integrate their apps into the experience and construct of a meeting with the click of a button. In terms of aesthetics and visuals, new scenes for their ‘Together’ mode and custom meeting layouts that provide variety and functionality to users. Will arrive to Teams in December 2020.
Further aligning themselves with true collaboration, Microsoft Teams will also be adding new features allowing large meetings to split into ‘breakout rooms’ of small groups to collaborate on separate components before returning to the main room once everyone is ready. In addition, Teams is growing its meetings function to support up to 1000 participants, and webinars up to 20,000 people. To provide additional structure, new attendee registration with automated emails will make it easier to manage attendance. A new reporting dashboard provided after the meeting/webinar will help understand attendee engagement. These new collaboration features will arrive to Teams before the end of the calendar year.
Microsoft also announced new Teams devices during Ignite 2020. Coming soon to the market are the Surface Hub 2S – 85”, Cortana-powered Microsoft Teams Displays, a new meeting space booking management panel, and new affordable Teams phones designed for common areas.
The future of work
Microsoft continues to invest heavily in a digital future. Automating processes and workflows will continue to be a factor in driving innovation in this space and involve everyone in the digital transformation of their work, helping organisations unlock the data, knowledge and expertise of their entire network.