Microsoft team announces ground-breaking new security features to give Zoom tough times

Microsoft Team bombarded Zoom with the new creative features that were previously missing. The new features are all about security that were lacking in the video conferencing app. With the implementation of End-to-end encryption (E2EE), the Microsoft team just hit a massive blow to its key competitor Zoom.

The security feature is released for the Microsoft video conferencing service that outdates the Zoom app as this feature was lacking in Zoom. Microsoft used the new security feature to make a separate identity as a video conferencing service and distinguish its offerings from other teams.

During the pandemic situation, people started working from home due to which the popularity and user engagement of the Zoom app has risen drastically. At that time, Microsoft launches the end-to-end encryption on the video conferencing service just to compete with Zoom and attract more users to bring the Zoom app down.

With the new features, the customer will be able to allow the end-to-end encryption for team calls which ensures that no one is allowed to access the chats and interfere as a third party including Microsoft itself and enforcement agencies. Microsoft claims that this is the only the initial stage of E2EE works which will eventually extend to online meetings.

According to Rob Lefferts, Microsoft 365 security, the EE2E will be supported on Teams desktop first. Later on, it will be supported on more channels. At first, audio, video, and screen sharing abilities will be EE2E. All the participants will be allowed to mute their mic, turn off the video whenever they want to in an EE2E call.

Security almost always comes at the cost of any features. The same is in the case of Teams end-to-end encryption. During a 1:1 encrypted call, certain features would not be accessible including Call recording, live captioning and interpretation, call switch, call swap, call companion and transfer to another system, inserting participant, transferring of a file, and so on.

Upcoming new features in the Teams video conferencing service in invite-only option for controlling purpose. This feature will be helpful for commercial and academic users to conduct a meeting securely and prevent the interruption of uninvited participants. This spring, the update will further extend enabling the host to disable the video to prevent disturbance when meetings with a greater number of participants are conducted.

Microsoft has been emphasizing Teams' alignment with Microsoft 365, Improved Interactions, and availability of Microsoft security tools and network monitoring as ways to set it apart from Zoom.

Zoom and Teams, both are rising with the work from home ritual and this competition is not going to end any soon.

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