Microsoft rolled out Teams Premium(Opens in a new window) late yesterday, which offers a range of AI-powered meeting features in return for $10 per user per month.
Microsoft believes some of its customers will pay for more advanced meeting capabilities than are currently available in Teams. With that in mind, Teams Premium introduces a number of new features(Opens in a new window) that rely heavily on the use of artificial intelligence.
Using OpenAI’s GPT-3.5, the same language model used for ChatGPT, Microsoft is turning a number of meeting-related tasks into automatic processes under the heading of “intelligent recap.” Teams Premium subscribers will get automatically-generated meeting notes, recommended tasks, and personalized highlights created for them as part of the service.
AI-generated chapters will automatically divide any meeting up using the meeting transcript to allow for easier navigation. Personalized timeline markers will show when you joined a meeting (so it’s easy to see what you missed), highlights when your name gets mentioned, and when a screen was shared. Speaker timeline markers are also planned, which will show when different people spoke and intelligently organize those markers based on “who you work most closely with,” e.g. your manager.
Premium subscribers can also look forward to AI-generated notes written by GPT-3.5, AI-generated tasks suggesting what needs to be done following each meeting, and live translation for captions. Translations are performed in real-time using AI and 40 spoken languages are supported. There’s also the ability to use branding logos and colors, organization backgrounds, customized meeting templates (e.g. client call, brainstorming meeting, help desk call), virtual appointments for contacting customers, and easy webinar hosting.
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Microsoft is also introducing “advanced meeting protection” for Teams Premium. Subscribers will be able to use watermarks and limit who can record meetings, enable end-to-end encryption while also disabling specific features for sensitive meetings, and take advantage of sensitivity labels using Microsoft Purview.
Microsoft Teams Premium offers a 30-day free trial and then costs $10 per user per month. However, anyone subscribing before July 1 this year will only pay $7 per user per month. It’s also worth pointing out that a user must have an existing Microsoft 365 or Office 365 license before they can subscribe to Teams Premium.
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