- Microsoft is working on a new Accessibility feature for its video Calling app
- The platform is also bringing an Improved Sign Language feature
- The feature will be going to roll out in December
Microsoft keeps on bringing new features and products for its users. Last week, the Company rolled out a new Microsoft Teams tool called Presenter+. The company is now planning to add some new accessibility features to its video-calling app to attract more users. The Microsoft 365 roadmap notes that the company is working on a new feature that will improve support for sign language communication.
Microsoft Teams is going to bring a host of new features
The Microsoft Teams ‘Sign Language View and always-on captions in meetings feature are currently in the testing phase. The feature will be going rolled out to Mac and Desktop users in December. Due to the limitations of the display size of these devices, there are fewer chances that the feature will arrive the mobile devices
Further, the Company is planning to add emoji reactions to the Teams chat which would include more than 800 emojis.
Meanwhile, Microsoft has laid off around 1,000 employees across several divisions. Now, Microsoft has confirmed the layoffs. In its updated report, Reuters quotes a Microsoft spokesperson saying that “Like all companies, we evaluate our business priorities regularly and make structural adjustments accordingly. We will continue to invest in our business and hire in key growth areas in the year ahead.”
The layoffs affected less than 1% of Microsoft’s total workforce of around 221,000 as of June 30. Microsoft has become the latest U.S. technology company to cut jobs or slow hiring amid a global economic slowdown. Several technology companies, including Meta Platforms Inc, Twitter Inc, and Snap Inc, have cut jobs and scaled back hiring in recent months as global economic growth slows due to higher interest rates, rising inflation, and an energy crisis in Europe.
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