Microsoft has announced a new Microsoft 365 application called Microsoft Places, which will be able to manage hybrid workplaces.
At its Ignite event, the company explained the goal of the app is to inform team members about when colleagues come to the office and whether or not certain meetings may be best held in-person.
Intelligent recap has been teased as part of the new Teams Premium package, which will use artificial intelligence to analyze meeting recordings. In order to assign tasks to team members, take minutes, and share personalized insights, it will also be teased.
Microsoft Places and hybrid working
The development of Microsoft Places, according to the company, is supported by survey data. According to the company''s recent Work Trend Index (opens in a new tab), over 80 percent of employees go to the office for the sake of meeting and collaboration.
Microsoft believes that a software solution is necessary to bridge the gap between the pre-pandemic world of physical present work and the allowance for remote work that was prompted by the Covid-19 epidemic.
Places, according to the firm, will offer granular insight into the workplace, as well as advice on how offices might benefit from being reconfigured as companies adapt to hybrid environments.
Additional features include a modernized conference booking system, as well as recommendations for business owners to analyze how office space is being utilized, and how to best execute hybrid working policies.
Microsoft claims that places are being developed to [connect] virtual and physical spaces, and to make offices safer and more transparent following the outbreak.
While some of the benefits for remote working have been fixed at many workplaces, Microsoft is attempting to increase the amount of transparency into office spaces that Microsoft has intended to offer with Places may increase the trust employees have in office environments, putting a further focus on employee safety.
The discussion of the tools that will have a long-term impact on working practices will have to be awful. Microsoft Places is only coming soon in a preview.