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Microsoft is set to introduce games for Microsoft Teams

Newsroom Jun 17, 2022
Microsoft is working to bring games to its Teams app. The company has already begun testing games, including Solitaire, Connect 4, and Wordament,  inside Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft envisions virtual places within Teams where coworkers may network and interact while playing casual games, in addition to testing casual games on Teams.
The company has earlier revealed its vision for 3D avatars and immersive meetings, expected to launch in Microsoft Teams this year.

Microsoft is developing games for its Teams app. Inside Microsoft Teams, the business has already begun testing games such as Solitaire, Connect 4, and Wordament.

Microsoft is focusing on online games to improve the meeting experience as firms continue to balance hybrid and remote work models. According to The Verge, the business is now testing casual games from its portfolio just internally. Microsoft refused to comment on the testing of games within its Teams app, according to the article.

What to expect and what not to-

Microsoft is also considering creating virtual areas for coworkers to network and socialize using games within the Teams app. Virtual places, according to reports, are part of Microsoft's larger metaverse strategy. New features have been added to Microsoft Teams, including Together Mode, which creates a virtual live avatar for user involvement. Microsoft previously unveiled its plans for 3D avatars and immersive meetings, which are slated to debut in Microsoft Teams this year.

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While you won't be playing Halo or Forza in Teams anytime soon, Microsoft is obviously considering games as a method to improve the meeting experience as businesses continue to manage the needs of hybrid and remote workers.

Current status and vision

Microsoft is now just testing casual games from its Casual Games portfolio internally, and it may decide not to make this integration available to consumers and companies. When contacted for some form of comment, Microsoft declined to comment on its game testing within Microsoft Teams.

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Microsoft envisions virtual places within Teams where coworkers may network and interact while playing casual games, in addition to testing casual games on Teams. These virtual places are part of Microsoft's larger metaverse plans, which include 3D avatars and immersive meetings, both of which are anticipated to come in Microsoft Teams this year.

Microsoft has been steadily introducing capabilities to Teams that cater to remote workers. Microsoft Teams has been upgraded with remote-friendly views and capabilities as well as mobile upgrades, and Together Mode was one of the first pandemic-era updates over two years ago.

Strengthening AI and machine learning in Teams

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Microsoft has highlighted how AI and machine learning are being used to improve the Teams call and conference experience. "Disruptive echo effects, poor room acoustics, and jerky video are all prevalent concerns that make internet conversations and meetings less successful. "We're now releasing unique advancements in Microsoft Teams that address such audio and video difficulties in a way that's both user-friendly and scalable across environments," said Nicole Herskowitz, vice president of Microsoft Teams. Among the improvements are echo cancellation, de-reverberation, background noise suppression, and real-time optimization.

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