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may update

Virtually together

A lot is happening in Teams, so it’s nice to know which interesting features will be coming up in the near future. This month, we have 3 changes that we would like to share with you.

Together mode generally available

What?

With Together mode, you can unite everyone in the meeting in one virtual space. This was already available in Teams in preview mode, but is now generally available. Have you tried this feature yet? Learn more in this video:

When?

Now available



Relocated profile menu to a new menu in the title bar

What?

Settings, Zoom Controls, Keyboard Shortcuts, About, and Check for Updates is moving from the Me Menu to a new menu in the title bar. Some of you already noticed this change in the last month, but Microsoft has decided to reverse this change and will re-release it soon.

The Me Menu will be focused on account management, where you can switch to another account or tenant through the first level of the Me Menu.

When?

Expected to release in early June



Increasing interactive meeting participants

What?

Currently, Teams allows only 300 users to be added to a meeting. In the near future, the meeting participant and chat size will increase from 300 to 1000.

When?

Expected to be rolled out by the end of May


April update

Share the spotlight

Getting someone's full attention in a meeting can be great, but sometimes it's better to share the spotlight with someone else. Read about this and 3 other new features in this April update.

Multiple Spotlights coming to Teams meetings

What?

Multiple spotlights in Teams meetings will allow organizers and presenters to spotlight up to 7 participants simultaneously for everyone to see during meetings. This will roll out across Microsoft Teams Desktop, and on the Web.

When?

Expected at the end of April.



Add a Whiteboard to a channel

What?

Microsoft Whiteboard is now available as a tab app inside Teams, making it even easy to pin a whiteboard to a channel.


When?

Now available



New breakout room functionalities

What?

As a meeting organizer, you’ll soon be able to set a timer for all breakout rooms created in a meeting session via the Breakout rooms settings panel. The option of switching participants between active rooms will also be added soon.

When?

Expected late April



PowerPoint Live in Teams: Slide Translation

What?

This new slide translation feature in Microsoft Teams (desktop) will enable all meeting attendees to translate presentation content, presented via PowerPoint Live in a Teams meeting, into a language of their choice while in private view. PowerPoint slide translation available in nineteen languages, including English, Dutch, French, German and Chinese.

When?

Expected at the end of April

March update

Presenter view, Updates to meeting chat membership, and transfer your call to between devices

We have 3 changes for Teams in the month of March that we would like to share with you. For a start, Presenter View enables you to see your presentation and slide notes at a glance. Continue reading below to learn more about the latest Teams tweaks.

Presenter View

What?

Once you select a PowerPoint file from the Teams Share Tray, Presenter View is opened automatically. You can see the current slide, the slide notes, and a thumbnail strip of all the slides in the deck for easy ad-hoc slide navigation.

This view is private to the presenter in control. If another presenter clicks “Take Control”, presenter view will be opened for the second presenter, while the previous presenter will be switched to the audience view without any access to the slide notes and the thumbnail strip.

When?

Now available.


Updates to meeting chat membership

What?

People added to a meeting via a meeting link that were not added to the original meeting invite will no longer have access to chats, files, notes, and other meeting content after the meeting ends. They will continue to have access to meeting assets during the meeting but lose access once the meeting ends. 

Note: Once this has rolled out, the changes will apply to new meetings. These changes will not be applied to previously scheduled meetings. These changes do not impact channel meetings.

When?

Will be introduced begins mid-April and will complete by the end of April.


Transfer calls between devices

What?

After joining a Teams call on one device, you will be able to join the same call on a second device. For example; going from desktop to a mobile device or even to another desktop. Additionally, you will be able to transfer a call from one device to a second device, in the same call, if there is a need to share content from the second device.

When?

Will be introduced late March.

February update

An easy way to get approval – 4 new features in Teams

Things keep improving and changing in Teams, so it’s nice to know which interesting features will be coming up in the near future. This month, we have 4 changes that we would like to share with you.

Approvals in Teams

What?

Approvals in Microsoft Teams enables you to easily create, manage and share approvals directly from your hub for teamwork. You can quickly start an approval flow from the same place you send a chat, in a channel conversation, or from the Approvals app itself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9fdqSxKuJw

When?

Now Available.


Dynamic view


What?

This new view allows Teams users to share content side-by-side with participants. Dynamic view automatically optimizes shared content and video participants in Teams meetings. New controls let you personalize the view to suit your preferences and needs, such as the ability to show shared content and specific participants side-by-side.

When?

Expected to release in March.


Revised in-meeting Share experience


What?

You will see a new design when sharing your screen, window, Whiteboard, or PowerPoint during meetings, as shown below.

When?

Rolling out end of March trough the end of April.


Get a Meet now meeting link in Teams


What?

With this feature, it’s easier to create meetings and get a meeting link using the Meet now button in the Teams calendar. If you click the Meet now button in the Teams calendar tab, you will see a flyout panel with options to either start the meeting instantly or get a meeting link for future use. This gives you the option to copy and share the link in advance.

When?

Rollout is currently in progress.

January update

Thumbs up for new features!

In the new year, a number of new features await in Teams. Show everyone in the meeting that you agree with a shared idea by sending a thumbs up or a heart. Want a better overview of all scheduled channel meetings? Add a calendar to your channel. Read this and more in the January update of New features in Teams.

New Calling Experiences


What?

The calling experience in the Teams desktop app will receive an update. It will feature a streamlined view that combines contacts, voicemail, and calling history. Other enhancements are CarPlay support, spam identification and transferring calls between mobile and desktop. For more information, check: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/12/01/restore-and-maintain-personal-connections-with-new-microsoft-teams-calling-features/


When?

January  


Meeting reactions

What?

The Meeting Reactions feature allows users to react to participants during a meeting. You can choose four different reactions: like, heart, applause and laugh. This is an easy way to show that you agree with something without disrupting the meeting. Reactions will be available on Teams Desktop and Teams Mobile apps.  

When?

February  



Add a calendar to your Team

What?  

With this feature, you can add the Channel calendar app to a Teams channel when using the Teams desktop app. This will make it easy for the members of your Team to see scheduled channel meetings.

When?

The end of January



New Lobby Setting: Only Invited Users join directly

What?

A new lobby setting is coming to Teams Meeting Options. The option "People I Invite" will be added to the "Who can bypass lobby?" setting. Once enabled, only the participants invited by the organizer in meeting invite will be able to join the meeting directly. Everyone else will be sent to the lobby.  

When?

February 2021  



Touch Bar Meetings Controls for Mac

What?

Teams Meeting controls are coming for MacBooks with Touch Bars. This will allow you to mute/unmute, turn camera on/off, open/close sharing tray, open/close participants panel, open/close chat panel and raise/retract hand.

When?

End of January/February  

December update

Get a room! (and other new features in Microsoft Teams)

Microsoft Teams is a platform that doesn’t stand still and it’s not easy to keep track of what has changed. That is why we have listed the most interesting new features for you.

Divide participants into Breakout Rooms (smaller groups) during the meeting

What?


Breakout Rooms allow meeting organisers to split the participants into smaller groups to facilitate brainstorming sessions or group discussions. Presenters can choose to jump between the rooms, make announcements to all the rooms, and/or close the rooms so that everyone returns to the main meeting.

Check the following video for a demo and more information: Master virtual breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams meetings - YouTube

 

When?  

Now available.  



Send a poll in your meeting

What?  

Are you looking for a way to easily receive feedback from your participants? Make the meeting interactive by adding a poll. Prepare the question and launch it in the meeting by clicking the Forms button.

For more information, see Poll attendees during a Teams meeting - Office Support (microsoft.com)

When?  

Now available.  



Changed storage location of recordings

What?

The recordings of Teams meetings will soon no longer be stored in Stream but in SharePoint or OneDrive. This makes your recording available more quickly and it has become possible to share the recording with people outside the organization.  

When?  

January 2021   



New layout for presentations

What?  

Teams will have more options to present your PowerPoint in a better way. If you show a slide, you can choose to have it displayed behind you on a virtual wall. This way the presentation will become more dynamic and the focus isn’t on the full-screen PowerPoint the whole time.  

When?               

February 2021  




Meeting recap

What?  

Have you been too busy vacuuming when you actually had to participate in a Teams meeting? The recordings, chats, files and more will be bundled in a meeting recap and automatically shared in the chat of the meeting. This allows the present and non-present participants to easily find what has been discussed.  

When?  

Late 2020 / early 2021

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