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Enterprise Chat News Round Up #25

Industry News January 20, 2018
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Enterprise Chat News Round Up #25

This week has delivered snooze notifications from Google Hangouts Chat, advanced video solutions for Cisco WebEx Teams and a host of new features for Android users on Microsoft Teams.

Let’s explore the biggest announcements to hit the media stands between the 15th and the 21st of August.

Google Announces Snooze Notifications for Hangouts Chat

Google introduced a new way for companies using their Hangouts Chat application to avoid the problem of communication overload this week. Hangouts Chat customers can now snooze notifications and set statuses that let your colleagues know that you’re not checking messages right now.

You can set the Snooze setting on Hangouts Chat for periods of 30 minutes, or one, two, four or eight hours at a time. When your Google app is in “snooze” mode, you won’t receive any notifications and colleagues will see your presence altered and a moon symbol that appears next to your name.

Snooze notifications in Hangouts Chat


Cisco Enhances Video Options on Cisco WebEx Teams

Cisco announced the introduction of new video endpoints designed to improve the experiences that users have on WebEx applications. The new Cisco WebEx Room Kit is specifically intended for Cisco WebEx Teams users, to support better collaboration.

Cisco’s room kit comes with the “most advanced video codec on the planet,” and supports a range of conferencing scenarios. These include auditorium seminars and boardroom meetings. The WebEx Room Kit Pro also comes with artificial intelligence capabilities built-in for intelligent views, voice command, people counting and noise suppression.

Cisco Webex Room Kit Pro
Cisco Webex Room Kit Pro


Microsoft Teams on Android Receives New Calling Features

The Microsoft Teams app for Android got a much-needed upgrade this week. Updates includes a number of phone-call related capabilities intended to bring the app on par with the desktop tool. The change log on the Google Play Store highlights these features:

  •         1:1 conversations and group calls
  •         Call transfer
  •         Chat muting on the new “Meeting Details” page
  •         Q&A capabilities for live events
  •         Private meeting scheduling
Microsoft Teams for Android
Microsoft Teams for Android


Microsoft Teams for Surface Hub Now Out of Preview

The Microsoft Teams app for Surface Hub is now generally available, only a few months after it entered the “preview” stage with Windows Insiders.

Though Microsoft plans on moving its users over to Teams as quickly as possible – as a replacement for Skype for Business – there are multiple deployments available for the Microsoft Teams Surface Hub app. If you’re still in the process of migrating to Teams, or you’re currently still using Skype for Business, you can still unlock the benefits of Teams on your Surface device.

Microsoft Teams for Surface Hub
Microsoft Teams for Surface Hub


Microsoft Teams Introduces New POPin Integration

Gathering feedback from your employees on Microsoft Teams just got easier with the new POPin integration. The Microsoft Teams POPin integration allows companies to leverage all the capabilities of POPin within their Teams app, replacing the traditional survey with crowdsourced Q&A feedback.

Microsoft believes that the POPin integration will help administrators and supervisors collect honest and authentic data from their employees using votes and comments through Microsoft Teams.

POPin for Microsoft Teams
POPin for Microsoft Teams

Thanks for joining us in our latest weekly news roundup. We’ll be back with more updates next week! Remember to catch up with us on Twitter and LinkedIn for more of the latest news about Enterprise Chat!