With every month it seems Microsoft delivers us exciting new updates and features for Teams and this month is no exception.
Large Gallery View
Eagerly anticipated Teams 7 x7 grid view will soon be here! Being able to see all of your colleagues’ faces at the same time makes a big difference in engagement and connection.
Coming to preview this month with general availability coming soon, large gallery view expands the Teams grid view to 7×7, which will accommodate up to 49 participants at once on a single screen.
Virtual Breakout Rooms
Collaborative working at it's finest. Announced earlier this month, Breakout Rooms allow meeting organisers to split their Teams meeting participants into small groups to assist ideation, brainstorming, learning, and discussions.
Teams facilitates this by assigning participants into a requested number of rooms—whether automatically directing people or prompting them to join. Organizers can jump in between meetings on their own—or when requested by a participant—, provide announcements to the individual rooms, and recall everyone back to the meeting at any time. Any collaboration and co-authoring done during the breakout can be shared back to the larger meeting once everyone is back together. Breakout Rooms will be delivered later this calendar year.
Multi Window for Meetings & Calls
Multi-window experiences are coming to Teams meetings and calling.
You will have the ability to pop out meetings and calling into separate windows to help them optimize their workflow. These experiences can be turned on directly within Teams for PC and Mac clients.
Bigger and Better Teams Meetings
3 is the magic number! Well, 300 actually is! To help meet rapidly changing communication and meeting needs, we are increasing the maximum number of participants allowed in a Teams meeting to 300. This is generally available today.
Instantly Launch Channel Meetings
Meet Now buttons in Teams channels will have a new home. You will soon find them in the Channel header where you can easily find and launch a channel meeting.
Meet Now buttons can now be found on the right side of a Channel header in Microsoft Teams.
Masked PSTN Numbers
For customers with Audio Conferencing enabled for Teams meetings, PSTN participants’ phone numbers will be masked to all users who have joined from outside of your organization. This feature is rolling out soon for PC, Mac, web, and mobile clients.
Safe Call Transfer
You will now be able to transfer a call safely to any other user in your organisation. Safely means that if the target user does not answer the call, it will ring back to the transferrer. The person transferring the call must be a Teams user. The person the call is being transferred to must be either a Teams or Skype for Business user in the same tenant or in a federated tenant. This is used commonly used by reception, administrators, operators, and anyone who might be delegate for another user.
Chat Translation for Teams Mobile
Inline message translation ensures that everyone has a voice and facilitate global collaboration. With a simple click, people who speak different languages can fluidly communicate with one another by translating posts in channels and chat. On-Demand Chat Translation has already been available on desktop and web, and now will be available on iOS.
Originally announced in June 2019, priority notifications for Microsoft Teams grants you the ability to continually send notifications that repeat every two minutes for up to 20 minutes on all messages marked as urgent.
Users will now be able to send and receive unlimited urgent messages with priority notification. Learn more about managing priority notifications.