Microsoft has bagged a major deal with Barclays to provide its Teams platform for 120,000+ colleagues and service partners around the globe.
Under the agreement, Barclays is “streamlining” its existing communications and collaboration solutions, with Teams replacing several point solutions previously in use across the company.
Both firms didn’t offer a lot of details about their deal, but the general idea is clear. The exact length of the agreement was not disclosed.
“Over the past two years, digital collaboration has become central to how work gets done. Barclays is leading the way for the financial services industry globally, by giving its employees modern communication and collaboration tools that enable them to connect without friction,” says Rajesh Jha, Executive Vice President, Experiences & Devices, Microsoft.
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Barclays and Microsoft jointly executed a deployment plan for the use of Teams across the company. This plan included enhancing the data retention, search and retrieval capabilities available within Microsoft Purview to meet Barclays’ needs.
As eWeek UK’s sister site TechRepublic reported in June, Microsoft announced various performance enhancements for Teams.
For example, one major area of focus for Microsoft with these updates was the lowering of waiting times when it comes to using the Teams program. To this end, now when users of the platform move their mouse over the chat list, latency has been reduced by 11.4% and scrolling over the channel list has improved by 12.1%.
In addition, users clicking on the compose message box will see a boost, as the screen now loads 63% faster giving users the ability to immediately begin composing a message without needing to wait.
TechRepublic also provides a Microsoft Teams’ complete guide for 2022. That looks at its popular features, integrations, usage, competitors, cost and availability.