Microsoft Teams has boomed in popularity recently as organisations turn to the collaboration app to keep individuals connected as they work from home. Microsoft Teams is being used globally to help people stay connected via video meetings, calls, and chats. Coinciding with this, Microsoft has released several new updates for meetings, IT admin controls, and more.
Meetings and Calls
Increased number of simultaneous videos in Teams meetings
The introduction of mass remote working has seen users grow accustomed to virtual video conversations, and Microsoft Teams has used their new updates to focus on helping users feel connected with those they are talking to. The number of participants who can be viewed simultaneously in a video meeting is now increasing from 4 to 9.
Additionally, attendees who have enabled their video will be prioritised on the screen, whilst audio-only participants will be placed in a bar below the meeting stage. The layout will adapt based on user bandwidth and is designed to provide the best meeting experience.
When is it available? The feature is a staged rollout; it’s already begun but may take up to a couple of weeks to reach everyone.
A feature designed to make participation in large meetings easier, “Raise Hands” allows meeting attendees to show that they would like to speak. There’s a participant list that prioritises who raised their hand first.
When is it available? The rollout began w/c 27th April.
Microsoft Teams already has a video background blur feature, but they are introducing a list of pre-set background images for users to choose from. They will be enhancing this feature and introducing custom background images later on.
When is it available? The pre-set background feature is already generally available, with custom images available from mid-May.
1:1 Call Recording
Calls can be recorded in Teams as easily as they are in video meetings, users simply need to select the option to record! Participants will be notified that a recording is taking place.
When is it available? It’s already been released.
The Meetings Dashboard
The new Meetings dashboard can be found in the Microsoft Teams admin centre and is designed to help admins ensure users are having the best possible experience with meetings and calls. It provides admins with insights into usage, user feedback, network health, meeting details, devices, and more from a single place. The interactive dashboard can filter information, allowing admins to easily identify areas for improvement and discover the root cause of poor experiences.
When is it available? No specified timeline but it will be arriving soon.
Chat & Collaboration
Yammer app for Microsoft Teams
Microsoft’s internal organisation social networking tool Yammer is now available for integration within Teams. This eliminates the need to toggle between apps, keeping content in one centralised location. Simply add and pin the Yammer app to the navigation rail and you’re good to go!
When is it available? Available now.