Microsoft news recap: Translator can translate text from other apps in iOS, GroupMe receives a number of improvements and more
Microsoft (MSFT) news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!
Microsoft Teams picks up new features for Office 365 for Education customers
Microsoft has been working on bringing some new features to its business communication app, Microsoft Teams, for its Office 365 for Education customers. Here are some of the changes:
- Starting today, teachers and staff will be able to access Class Notebook and Staff Notebook Settings from right within Teams. This update further simplifies school workflows by allowing teachers and staff-leaders to manage notebook settings such as Teacher-Only section groups, adding new sections, and locking the Collaboration Space, all without ever having to leave Teams.
- Additionally, all Teams users will now be able to enjoy Class and Staff Notebook in full screen view in Teams and navigate the full notebook to access other sections, spaces, and pages. This also allow the Class Notebook Toolbar to be used from within Teams.
- Lastly, Class and Staff Notebook now support Edit in Browser, so teachers and staff can quickly navigate to a fully immersive OneNote experience.
Project Brainwave is Microsoft’s new deep learning acceleration platform for “real-time AI”
As Microsoft continues its long walk into the world of artificial intelligence, the company has been working on upgrading its data centres with faster and less power-hungry chips that are tailored towards artificial intelligence, with the project being called Project Brainwave.
Microsoft Translator for iOS gets an extension to translate text copied from different apps
If ever you’ve needed to translate text that has been copied from other apps, now you can. Microsoft Translator on iOS has been updated with the ability to translate text copied from other apps on the device.
Microsoft’s GroupMe gets a variety of updates on iOS
Microsoft has delivered a fairly substantial update to its GroupMe app on iOS. While it generally seems lesser-known, and is updated less frequently, this update brings a number of changes:
- Tired of tapping on Poll Result notifications to see who won? The winner is now part of the results notification.
- The attachement tray’s case of benign paroxysmal rotational displacement has been cured, and will no longer get disoriented after device rotation.
- Some users pointed out that the iPad would mark messages as read even though they had not been viewed; this has been fixed.
- iPad navigation bar will now read out meaningful information for each item when voice-over is activated.
- Voice-over users can now easily create new chats when using voice-over.
- All buttons for adding members to a group are now voice-over accessible.
- General improvements of voice-over read outs.
That’s it for this week, we’ll be back next week with more Microsoft news.Further reading: Azure, Groupme, Microsoft, Microsoft Teams, Project Brainwave