Build 2020: Microsoft Announces New Teams Features

Ruben Fields
May 21, 2020

"The exciting thing about these models is the breadth of things they're going to enable", said Microsoft Chief Technical Officer Kevin Scott in a company blog post about the news.

Microsoft and OpenAI announced a partnership previous year to develop new artificial intelligence technologies, and Microsoft just revealed the first product of this deal: a massively powerful supercomputer. In addition to the new video channel, the software giant also announced yesterday the general availability of its new Microsoft Q&A website, the new place to get answers to all your questions related to Azure services. But most importantly, admins will be able to create new templates and templatize exiting teams too; this should make spinning up new teams significantly easier.

Microsoft also said healthcare organizations can leverage a "robust partner ecosystem", including its partnerships with Accenture, Adaptive Biotechnologies, Allscripts, DXC Technology, KPMG and Nuance to co-develop new solutions. Templates will be rolling out in Teams in the next few months. Using these extensions, you will be able to publish apps directly to AppSource or your own org's app catalog. Like most similar telehealth services today, Bookings (for Healthcare, at least) will send patients a customized email to go to their appointment in one click on a desktop, or in the Teams app on iOS or Android.

In, Microsoft is introducing Fluid Framework workspaces for collaborative editing.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella discusses third-party apps in Microsoft Teams during the keynote for the company's Build developer conference Tuesday morning. It applies AI and the Microsoft Graph "create a knowledge network that connects your content in Microsoft 365, along with external sources, to organize content and expertise across systems and teams".

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The company announced a new feature for Outlook that would allow users to compose email messages with text predictions on the web.

Andy is a reporter in Memphis who also contributes to outlets like Fast Company and The Guardian. While the sidebar search will let users search for things without opening a new window or tab, Automatic Profile Switching will detect that the link users' are trying to open that needs work credentials, and then switch you to their authenticated work profile.

Another service Microsoft is making available is the Bookings app in its Teams collaboration platform, which will allow healthcare workers to schedule, manage and conduct provider-to-patient virtual visits without leaving Teams.

Lastly, the company also made a host of announcements for Azure.

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