Microsoft is outlining a slew of new features coming to Teams for work and school before the end of calendar 2020. The new features, which Microsoft disclosed via a blog post on July 8, are meant to make chats, meetings, and other collaborations less tiring and more productive.
Some of these features are available already in Microsoft’s Skype service and other, competitive services like Zoom and Slack. But some are new and different, like “Together Mode.”
Together Mode will allow participants to appear in a common, shared background. It’s designed to make participants feel like they’re in the same meeting room or classroom together. Microsoft is using AI segmentation technology to make this happen. Microsoft researcher and VR pioneer Jaron Lanier worked on this feature, Microsoft officials said, and it’s meant to help reduce virtual-meeting fatigue and make meetings feel more real.
Together Mode with “auditorium view”