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Microsoft Teams New Features May Prove Helpful For Workers At Home

Noise cancelling and hand-raising features planned months ago take on importance as employees forced from offices.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Speaks At The Microsoft Inspire Conference
Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Microsoft Corp. unveiled new features for its Teams corporate-chat software, timed to the product’s third anniversary  and arriving amid a surge of interest in digital workplace communications tools spurred by the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Several of the tools may be especially useful for employees in the new world of work from home. Real-time noise suppression should block out the sounds of background typing and family members sharing the same space amid virus isolation orders. Another feature lets users virtually “raise their hand,” a boon for large conference calls when everyone’s trying to talk.