Welcome to our latest installment of What's new in Microsoft Teams!
February is here and so are some exciting new feature roll outs for Teams, guaranteed to make your collaboration and communication easier than ever before.
Chat and Collaboration
Approvals in Teams
Approvals in Teams enables everyone to easily create, share and manage approvals directly from your hub for teamwork.
Quickly start an approval flow from the same place you send a chat or directly from the approvals app itself.
Simply select an approval type, attach files, add details and choose who needs to approve it. Once submitted, approvers will receive a notification alerting them and can review, edit and act upon the request. Ideal for everything from expenses claims to project sign offs.
If you're experiencing interrupted network connection, the offline experience for Teams helps you continue to be productive.
Offline Autosend automatically detects when Teams messages are edited or sent whilst the user is offline and sends them once a connection is reestablished.
Up to 10,000 Users in an Org-wide Team
You can now create an org-wide team of up to 10,000 users. Administrators who manage tenants that have less than or equal to 10,000 members can now create an org-wide team, which automatically syncs all the tenant’s members with the team.
Large channels like this are perfect for communicating company wide announcements or sharing documents to the whole business.
Meeting Chat Moderation Settings
Meeting organisers and teachers can now choose from three preset chat settings to provide a safe and inclusive meeting environment.
You can select options to;
"Disable" the chat, preventing the organiser and any participants from using the meeting chat
"Only during the meeting", allowing the organiser to send messages any time and participants to send messages only during the meeting.
"Enabled", allowing chats for all meeting attendees at any time.
Create and share a calendar with members of a specific channel.
When a channel meeting is created, Teams automatically creates a new post in the channel's activity feed. If a user has notifications turned off they will only see the event when opening and viewing the channel's calendar.
You can add channel events directly to your personal calendar.
Teams for Education
Education Policy Wizard
With most education now being conducted remotely or part of a hybrid learning model, it's more important than ever to keep your school staff and pupils safe.
Microsoft Teams for Education policy wizard allows you to easily apply education tailored policies in order to provide a safe learning environment.
The policy wizard allows you as an IT admin to quickly and easily apply the most relevant set of policies for students at a global (Org-wide default) level and apply a custom policy set to a group of educators and staff tailored to their needs.
As the need for corporate offices to communicate better with their frontline workers becomes a key focus, task publishing allows companies to create tasks centrally and publish those tasks based on customisable attributes such as location or store layouts.
Task creators can then attach relevant documents to the tasks created such as layout guides.
Managers are able to assign individual tasks to employees, whilst frontline workers can see a simple prioritised list of those tasks on their mobile device.
@mention by Shift Group
Tagging by shift connects you to the right shift faster, removing the guesswork of which employee is on which shift and automatically assigns users with tags matching their schedule in the Shifts app in Teams.
Use the @mention tag to start calls, chats or notify everyone on a channel
TeamsLink with Wavenet
Enable external voice calling from within your Microsoft Teams client securely and efficiently with TeamsLink™ from Wavenet. Connecting inbound and outbound calling directly through Microsoft Teams. Make and receive UK, international and mobile calls even with non-Teams contacts with reliable and cost-effective calling bundles.
TeamsLink and Microsoft Teams will give you the power to boost your business into a high-performing, collaborative team allowing you to share files and collaborate on working documents in real-time, with instant messaging built directly into the platform.
TeamsLink gives your business the ability to easily hold online meetings, with your team, or even your customers and prospects no matter where you are. Even if you miss the meeting, have to leave early or have arrived late, you can easily listen to the meeting in your own time as Microsoft Teams can store the recording for you.