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Jan092019

Microsoft Teams Empowers Firstline Workers with New Mobile, Scheduling Capabilities

Continuing with its efforts to digitally empower firstline workers Microsoft is introducing three new features to Microsoft Teams that will help over 2 billion people worldwide.

The new capabilities added to Team today include location-sharing, a smart camera and secure messaging capabilities to its Teams group-chat product, specifically targeting mobile, firstline workers.

For effective communication and collaboration, Microsoft is adding customizable mobile features such as location sharing, smart camera, and the ability to record and share “audio messages” securely.

These capabilities while can be used by employees in any role will be controllable by IT policies or new Firstline Worker configuration policy template.

Additionally, Teams also allows customizing navigation menu, so firstline workers can have their most important features at fingertips.

This new customizable mobile experience is available starting today, January 9.

A screenshot below shows the new customizable mobile teams features — ( location sharing, smart camera, record and share audio messages):

Customizable Mobile Teams Features location sharing, smart camera, record and share audio messages

The location-sharing is meant to help coordinate workers, and the camera feature allows taking photos of objects, while audio messaging let workers exchange secure messages when using regular chat applications on phones.

Graphs API with Shifts

A new Graph API for Shifts, the new Teams scheduling tool, provides integration between Teams and workforce schedule management systems.

Using this tool manager can create shift schedules for team members to review and makeshift requests in real time using their mobile devices.

The Graph API for Shifts will be available in public preview in the first quarter of 2019.

Here is an image of Shifts:

Microsoft Teams Graph API with Shifts

New Praise Feature

Another new feature Microsoft is adding to Teams is called “Praise,” which gives employees an easy way to recognize coworkers using badges right within the Teams app.

A screenshot below shows Praise:

Microsoft Teams Praise

Microsoft Teams will be at the NRF 2019 annual retail industry conference in New York City next week.

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