Whether you're working from home (opens in new tab) or have already returned to the office, Teams (opens in new tab) can be a great tool for staying connected and Microsoft has worked with its partners to create an entire ecosystem of Microsoft Teams Rooms devices (opens in new tab).
At its annual Ignite conference (opens in new tab), the software giant has announced a new addition to its lineup of Teams devices in the form of new smart speakers (opens in new tab).
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The company's new Microsoft Teams Intelligent speakers were created in partnership with EPOS and Yealink though we could see other hardware manufacturers create similar devices of their own.
The two new Microsoft Teams Intelligent Speakers from EPOS and Yealink can identify and differentiate the voices of up to 10 people speaking in a Microsoft Teams Room (opens in new tab).
These new speakers are also capable of transcribing what was said in a meeting so that all attendees can follow along or capture actions to know exactly who in the room said what. Regardless of whether you're working remotely or following a meeting in the conference room, you can effectively see who said what during the meeting. These new devices also support translation for organizations conducting business with international firms.
To protect the privacy and security of everyone in a meeting, Teams users can even turn attribution on or off at any time when using an Intelligent Speaker.
Even when workers do begin returning to the office in droves, video conferencing software (opens in new tab) isn't going anywhere and with these new devices, Teams users will gain an advantage when it comes to ensuring they don't miss anything said at an important meeting.
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Via The Verge (opens in new tab)