Microsoft Teams Surpasses Over 13 Million Daily Active Users, Azure Kinect Developer Kit Gets General Availability

Microsoft Teams now has over 13 million daily Busy users and 19 million per Week Busy users, the Redmond giant announced ahead of its enterprise-centric Inspire 2019 that is taking place in Las Vegas between July 14-19.

The business also disclosed that Teams is available in 52 languages across 181 markets. The business has introduced an open-source variation of Quantum Development Kit in addition to launched Cloud Adoption Framework. In the same way, it’s kicked off the overall availability of the Azure Kinect Developer Kit that has been launched at MWC 2019 back in February.

Launched back in 2017 for a rival against popular professional communication instrument Slack, Microsoft Teams has been able to attract various large-scale companies, including Emirates, FedEx, Lexmark, and KONE amongst others, the company revealed in a blog article. It’s also upgrading Teams with a list of new features.

One of the main new features that Microsoft Teams is adding is a priority alarms alert that will ping a receiver every 2 minutes on their desktop and mobile until they respond. In the same way, the communication solution is adding read receipts in chats. The business is also bringing”announcements” to highlight significant news in a station. Additionally, channel moderators on Teams will find the ability to manage what gets posted on their channels. These features will be rolling out this month.

Microsoft is also adding a channel cross-posting feature to allow users place a single message to multiple stations simultaneously. This is reportedly available to Teams in the approaching future.

Especially for first line workers, Microsoft adding a new time clock attribute in the Teams Shifts modules that will enable employees to clock in and from the work changes and take breaks using the Teams mobile program. Managers will also get the option to geofence a location to make sure the access to their group members when they are clocking in. Further, a targeted communication feature which will enable team owners to message team members of a specific function at exactly the same by just @mentioning their role names in a post.

IT admins will receive policy packages in the Microsoft Teams admin centre to let them employ a pre-defined set of policies for certain teams within their circles. The business has also brought the Teams client for existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus on the Monthly Channel.

The user base of over 13 million each day active users has already made Teams a strong competitor against Slack that has over 10 million daily active users — as of January this year. However, Microsoft is aiming to take Teams to new levels by adding the new features and deepening its integration in Microsoft 365.

Microsoft Teams is taking on Slack with its more than 13 million daily active users photo Credit: Microsoft

“Teams is changing workplace cooperation and helping streamline business processes all around the world,” claimed Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft 365, in the official website article.

Aside from revealing the growth of Teams and highlighting what’s coming up for the users, Microsoft has released the open-source variant of its Quantum Development Kit. It’s available for entry via GitHub and empowers developers to begin their work on quantum computing and build new solutions. Besides Microsoft’s own improvements, the GitHub list features code samples from 1QBit and the chemistry library from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Microsoft has additionally announced that it’s assembled the Edge Dev Channel to trial and pilot. The company said that the trailer builds of Microsoft Edge would enable enterprises to evaluate features such as IE style, group policies, and MDM, offline deployment packages, Program Shield, and PDF support. Enterprise customers will also get necessary documentation for configuring and deploying another version of the Edge browser.

The general availability of its Azure Kinect Developer Kit (Azure Kinect DK) has also been declared – to remember, it had been unveiled before this season. The kit is initially available in the united states and China and will begin shipping to developers and enthusiasts who’ve pre-ordered the device in $399 (approximately Rs. 27,000). It packs a ToF sensor, a 12-megapixel RGB camera, and also a 1-megapixel thickness sensing lens.

For increasing the cloud adoption, Microsoft has brought its Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure that is touted to provide consistent guidance to IT admins, cloud builders, and company decision-makers to deliver them into the cloud.

Similarly, the Azure Migration Programme is kicking off for all Microsoft Azure customers on July 15 to offer a step-by-step approach to cloud migration.


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