If you have an Office 365 business subscription that includes Skype for Business, then you already have richer online meetings capabilities, such as the ability to conduct large group meetings for up to 250 people and the ability to Instant Message anyone in your organization at any time—not just during meetings. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conferences in Toronto earlier this month, the folks from Redmond unveiled some exciting new features coming to Skype for Business:
Automatic transcription and translation in Skype Meeting Broadcast should arrive by the end of 2016.
While Skype Meeting Broadcast lets you produce, host and broadcast meetings to large online audiences; these new services will provide live closed captioning of presentations and allow viewers to choose translation into their preferred language from a list of supported languages
While co-authoring a Shared document in OneDrive or SharePoint, users will soon be able to chat in real-time using Skype for business. A new chat icon will appear (next to co-authors in the document) that will let you contact the other co-author in real time. The feature can be tested in personal OneDrive for now
Files you attach to a Outlook 2016 or Outlook on web meetings automatically load into the Skype Meeting document bin as soon as participants join in. Cloud attachments also automatically assign permissions to meeting attendees so as to allow everyone to collaborate during the Skype Meeting
Now Office 365 admins can retrieve user session data for Skype for Business Online using a PowerShell Cmdlet. The new Get-CsUserSession Cmdlet for Skype for Business enables all Skype for Business Online tenant admins to retrieve user session data as it exposes user activities and modalities including registration, Instant Message, Audio, Video, Application sharing, and conference events
These new features make collaboration and communication with your team members quicker and more robust to further enhance your teams’ productivity.