Microsoft launches Teams Premium With Features Powered By OpenAI


Microsoft Teams Premium is now available with features powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 AI language model. The new premium tier of Microsoft Teams includes an intelligent recap feature that automatically generates notes, tasks, and highlights of meetings thanks to GPT-3.5, alongside branded meetings, custom meeting templates, and features like watermarking to better protect meeting contents.

Intelligent recap is the big new addition to Microsoft Teams Premium. It uses OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 model to generate meeting notes and highlights even if you weren’t present in a meeting. Intelligent recap may tempt users to pay the $7 per month per user introductory price ($10 per month from June 30th) just to get an idea of how useful it will be. It makes catching up a lot easier when meetings are held at awkward times or when employees are in different time zones or out of the office.

Notes, mentions, and a full transcript are all available, with each speaker’s contributions highlighted in a neat timeline of topics and chapters. If a colleague mentions you in a meeting, you’ll even get personalized timeline markers to quickly see what was shared and discussed.

While most intelligent recap features are available today, Microsoft says some won’t arrive until the second quarter of 2023.

Microsoft is also taking some Teams features and making them Premium-only. Live translated captions, custom organization Together Mode scenes, and a number of virtual appointments features will now be available for Premium only. Microsoft Teams Premium also includes webinars; so businesses can host events with registration waitlists, customizable start and end times, and virtual green rooms.

The addition of OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 model to Microsoft Teams Premium comes just days after Microsoft extended its OpenAI partnership in a “multibillion dollar investment.” Microsoft is also rumored to be getting ready to bring OpenAI technology to Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook and reportedly wants to add the AI chatbot ChatGPT to Bing.

Microsoft launched a 30-day trial of Teams Premium in December as a preview of the features available today. Now that the subscription is generally available to all businesses, Microsoft Teams Premium is available at an introductory price of $7 per month per user until June 30th when it returns to the standard $10 per user per month pricing.

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