Microsoft is introducing new software and hardware designed to improve collaboration and creativity
Microsoft Teams enhances the collaboration capabilities of Microsoft Office 365 by providing a chat-based workspace where team members can have real-time conversations and work on content together. It has four main elements:
Chat. Threaded chat helps ideas ﬂow freely and ensures team members stay engaged and informed. Team conversations are visible to the entire team by default, but there is also the option of private chat.
A library of emojis, GIFs, custom stickers and memes enables users to express their personality.
A hub for teamwork. In addition to collaboration by chat, people can start voice and video meetings and work on Microsoft Office documents from within the Microsoft Teams workspace.
Easy customisation. Each team can personalise the Microsoft Teams experience to suit its specific needs. Users can create channels to organise conversations by topic, with Tabs to frequently used documents and applications, such as OneNote, SharePoint or third-party solutions like Zendesk.
Security. As part of Office 365, Microsoft Teams has the all the security and compliance capabilities of the Microsoft Cloud. Data is encrypted at all times and covered by a transparent operational model with no standing access to customer data. Multi-factor authentication provides enhanced identity protection to help ensure data stays safe within the team.
The preview of Microsoft Teams is available to Office 365 commercial customers with Office 365 Enterprise or Business plans. Office 365 IT administrators can enable Microsoft Teams for their organisation from the Office 365 admin centre.
Surface Studio & Surface Dial The latest addition to the Surface family, Surface Studio provides a more natural and immersive way to create and interact with digital content.
Featuring the thinnest ever LCD monitor and a 28-inch ultra HD 4.5K screen, Surface Studio delivers 63% more pixels than a 4K TV. A Zero Gravity Hinge lets you quickly and easily switch from Desktop Mode to Studio Mode angled at 20 degrees – the same as a standard drafting board – for comfortable sketching, writing and designing.
Users can create and interact with content using a pen, touch and Surface Dial, a new input device that lets you use two hands on the screen. Specially designed for the creative process, Surface Dial integrated with Windows 10 provides a faster and more intuitive way to scroll, zoom and navigate, as well as unique experiences exclusive to Surface Studio. For example, an artist using Surface Dial could change the colour or size of their brush tip as they paint, without moving the pen from the screen.
Microsoft has announced the UK availability of Microsoft HoloLens, the world’s first self-contained holographic computer to bring together the virtual and physical worlds. Microsoft says this will enable UK businesses and developers to explore the possibilities of mixed reality computing.
In 2017, Microsoft is updating Windows 10 to include Windows Holographic, the platform that powers mixed-reality experiences. IDC expects revenues from the worldwide augmented reality and virtual reality markets to grow from $5.2 billion in 2016 to more than $162 billion in 2020.