Microsoft and LinkedIn have announced several new features and product innovations to help companies transition to hybrid work and create a digital employee experience that everyone can access from anywhere.
Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO in a statement said the firm has unveiled new Microsoft Teams Rooms innovations featuring a new category of intelligent cameras that support AI-powered active speaker tracking, multiple video streams that allow in-room participants to be placed in their own video pane, and people recognition.
“Right now, every leader is grappling with how to have effective hybrid meetings, often with limited equipment and resources. Hybrid meetings are an entirely new kind of meeting and require rethinking how we approach and conduct them to ensure we’re putting every attendee on equal footing, no matter where they’re sitting,” Nadella said.
In order to improve remote presentations, Microsoft also launched cameo, a new PowerPoint experience that integrates the Teams camera feed into a presentation to allow the presenter to customize how and where they want to appear on the screen with their slides.
The firm also introduced a new Outlook RSVP feature that lets people specify whether they will attend a meeting in person or remotely, users will be able to include work schedule specifics directly in their calendar, so others can know and adjust to more flexible work hours and locations.
“At Microsoft, we believe that hybrid work is the future of work and that, to empower their people to succeed in hybrid, business leaders will need to reimagine their organizations with a new operating model for people, places, and processes,” the Microsoft CEO said.
LinkedIn, on its part, has rolled out new fields within job postings where organizations can now signal if the open job is remote, hybrid, or on-site, helping job seekers search and discover jobs that align with how they want to work.
As part of its new features, LinkedIn will also have a way for companies to share how they are approaching the future of work on their company page including vaccination requirements if they plan to go back to an office, stay remote, or go hybrid.
Ryan Roslansky, the CEO of LinkedIn added that through its skill-building platform, LinkedIn Learning Hub, companies will be able to build their employees’ skills through personalized content, community-based learning, and skill-development insights that will inform their overall learning and development strategy.
“People are rediscovering how they find meaning and purpose in their lives and at work and responding by seeking out new opportunities. Leaders, meanwhile, are facing new challenges in retaining and reskilling their people to meet the demands of our new world of work,” Roslansky added.