Microsoft is working to bring games to its Teams app. The company has already started testing games including Solitaire, Connect 4 and Wordament, within Microsoft Teams.
As companies continue to balance hybrid and remote work models, Microsoft is now focusing on online gaming to enhance the meeting experience. The company is currently testing casual games for its offering internally only, The Verge reported. The report notes that Microsoft declined to comment on testing games in its Teams app.
Microsoft is also considering virtual spaces in the Teams app to allow colleagues to network and socialize with games. According to reports, virtual spaces are part of Microsoft’s larger metaverse plan. Microsoft has enhanced Teams with new features including Together Mode, designed to create a live virtual avatar for user engagement. The company previously revealed its vision for 3D avatars and immersive meetings, which are set to launch in Microsoft Teams this year.
Microsoft Teams uses AI and machine learning
Microsoft recently revealed how it’s using AI and machine learning to improve the calling and meeting experience on Teams. “Disruptive echo effects, poor room acoustics, and choppy video are common issues that hamper effective online calls and meetings. We’re now delivering innovative improvements in Microsoft Teams that improve these audio challenges and video – both user-friendly and scalable in any environment,” said Nicole Herskowitz, vice president of Microsoft Teams. Enhancements include echo cancellation, de-reverberation, background noise suppression, and real-time optimization.
June 15, 2022