Microsoft announced new features across Microsoft Teams, Microsoft 365, Surface Hub and Microsoft Viva, all designed to facilitate hybrid work and address employees’ new workplace expectations. Among the new capabilities: Teams Connect shared channels that enable collaboration from a shared workspace; new touch-enabled display solutions for Teams Rooms; new capabilities for Microsoft Whiteboard; and a new Surface Hub 2 Smart Camera that dynamically adjusts video feeds to provide remote team members with a better view of in-room interactions.

Rise People unveiled an in-app offer letter feature, which is designed to bridge the gap between recruiting and onboarding. The feature is a part of Rise’s Recruiting and Applicant Tracking System. It allows administrators to write and send offer letters from within Rise Recruiting and track when an offer letter is viewed or signed.

Compete raised $15 million in Series A funding just eight months after completing its $2.5 million seed round. The investment will fund the company’s U.S. and UK expansion and bolster its global team. Compete analyzes benefits, real-time benchmarking data, advanced analytics and tailored insights to support hiring decisions, identify risks, improve retention and develop informed compensation policies.

Ramped, a technology provider for job skilling and recruitment, closed a $3.1 million seed round. The company will use the funds for sales and marketing, and to expand its product’s capabilities.  

TaskHuman launched Leadership Coaching, a program to amplify employees’ potential and make training and talent development accessible across the organization. Available now, the program expands TaskHuman’s personal coaching networking features.

PredictHQ announced a partnership with gig-economy platform Stoovo, which helps independent workers choose appropriate short-term work opportunities near their location. The deal will integrate PredictHQ’s demand intelligence with Stoovo’s AI platform to alert gig workers to where demand will rise in advance.

Harver appointed Amanda Bohne as chief marketing officer and Steve Martin as chief technology officer.

Mark Feffer

Mark Feffer is executive editor of RecruitingDaily and the HCM Technology Report. He’s written for TechTarget, HR Magazine, SHRM, Dice Insights, and TalentCulture, as well as Dow Jones, Bloomberg and Staffing Industry Analysts. He likes schnauzers, sailing and Kentucky-distilled beverages.


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