Speaker coach, currently found in PowerPoint as ‘presenter coach’, will be rolled in to Teams in early 2022, with Microsoft saying “if you accidentally speak at the same time as someone else, speaker coach will help you identify who else is talking so you can recognize them and hear what they want to say.”

So, it tells you if you interrupt someone. Quite a few of us have probably been in Teams meetings over the last couple of years where that could well be quite handy.

There’s some more information about speaker coach in a Microsoft post from 9 September.

Outlook is also getting an update, allowing users to say whether they’ll attend a meeting in person or remotely when responding to an invitation, and to state remote or in the office in their calendar.

These are reflections of the way Microsoft sees working patterns changing on a permanent basis; rather than being mainly office-based, the blend of office and remote will be commonplace.

Back in March 2021 the first Work Trend Index was announced, finding that workers want flexible working options to remain, and suggesting that employers think carefully about how to make ‘hybrid work’, work.

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