October's Roundup Is Here
There are some great new features hitting Teams this month, here's the roundup of our favourite ones.
Present from PowerPoint to Teams
Presenting in a meeting used to be as simple as clicking Slide Show in your PowerPoint deck. Now, even though you may not be in the same room as your audience, presenting is easy and intuitive – simply click the Present in Teams button in PowerPoint and effortlessly present the deck in your Teams meeting!
Teams meetings now on Apple CarPlay
In addition to calling, your Microsoft Teams meetings are now available on Apple CarPlay. You can find a Teams icon on your Apple CarPlay screen. Simply use voice commands through Siri to join your next meeting hands-free.
You can also lookup call history, make a call or send messages to one or more Teams contacts. Please note that this feature only supports audio mode to avoid distractions while driving.
New assignment experience in a separate window for Breakout Rooms
Breakout rooms are the perfect solution to managing large meetings and bringing your team members together for collaborative elements.
Participant assignment is now moved from the Breakout Rooms’ right panel to a separate window that pops up when selecting Assign Participants. The enhanced interface allows you to sort by participants or rooms. You can also select multiple participants and assign them to rooms by using the checkboxes next to the participants' names. This helps you quickly find your participant or room, speeding up the assignment process.
2x2 video in Gallery view for web meetings in Safari
Safari browser users are now able to change the Teams meeting layout to 2x2 Gallery view. Users can choose to show up to 4 participant videos during a Teams meeting.
Restart Live Event
This new feature allows you to restart your live event after you have ended it. Now, there’s a way to start fresh if you accidentally end your event or run into an error. Only the Producer of the live event can restart by clicking and selecting Restart Event.
Calling & Collaboration
Share Feedback in mobile app
Share your feedback directly from the Help & Feedback option in Settings, without the need to send an email message. Admins will now be able to control elements such as sharing email addresses and logs from the mobile app.
Pin a message
You can now easily pin chat messages to drive awareness and provide your chat members quick access to important content. Pinning will help your team stay in sync on what’s relevant in a timely manner.
Reply to a specific message
When chatting in Teams, you will be able to reply to a specific message. The original message will be quoted in the reply text box, helping everyone in the chat to understand the message’s context more easily. Quoted replies are available in 1:1, Group and Meeting chats.
New default settings when opening Office documents in Microsoft Teams
Often, we work with Office documents (Word, Excel, and Power Point) while chatting and collaborating in Teams. Now, users can better control how their Office documents open in Microsoft Teams. Choose your preferred way to open all of your Office documents with a new setting -- either in Teams, the browser, or the Office desktop apps.
Update for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows
Dynamic view on single and dual displays
Dynamic view, now available for Teams Rooms, intelligently arranges elements of a meeting for an optimal viewing experience. As people join, turn on video, start to speak or present, Teams automatically adjusts the layout in the room. New controls let you personalise the view to suit your preferences and needs, such as the ability to show shared content and specific participants side-by-side or to view content or people only.
Spotlight multiple participants
In a Teams Room, you can now spotlight multiple participants during a Teams meeting, universally showing participants on the front of room display and in the gallery to all meeting attendees. Users can select which participants to pin using the centre of room console.
Pin multiple participants
You can now pin multiple participants to the front of a Teams Room display. By using the centre of the room console, users have the flexibility to see up to 9 video or audio streams simultaneously helping bring remote participants more fully into a Teams Room meeting.
Meetings roster experience update
The meeting room roster experience on the Teams Room console has been updated to more closely align with the experience users are familiar with on the Teams desktop application. Capabilities include participant grouping, sorting roster by raised hand, integrated user search, and the ability to request invited attendees to join the meeting.
Support for large meeting controls
A Teams Room meeting now supports large meetings with a full set of controls, available from the centre of room console. The Teams Room may join a large meeting as a presenter or attendee, gaining access to the corresponding meeting controls.
Lock meeting support
Users in a Teams Rooms can now lock a meeting and prevent additional attendees from joining once a meeting has started to prevent disruption. The Teams Room must be set as a meeting organiser for users to lock the meeting using the roster overflow menu on the centre of room console. A notification will appear on the front of room display that the meeting is locked.
Participants in a Teams Room now can send live reactions from the meeting room, sharing sentiments on the front of room display similar to the Teams desktop app. Using the centre of room console, participants can raise a hand, give a thumbs up, or share a heart, applause or laugh reaction, which are shown on the front of room display to provide instant feedback.
Teams Rooms lets you view chat bubble notifications for messages sent by participants in a Teams meeting on the front of room displays. Chat bubbles bring attention to messages from remote participants as well as longer chat conversations, shared images and files. Users can use their personal device to read and reply to messages.
Presenter mode support
Microsoft Teams Rooms adds support for presenter mode layout on the front of room display. Presenter mode is a feature in PowerPoint Live that helps you customise how your video feed and content appear to the audience by placing the presenter on bottom right or together with PowerPoint live presentation. Users must select Presenter Mode when sharing content from their Teams desktop application.
Updates for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows & Android
Teams casting for Teams Rooms
For quick ad-hoc sessions that don’t require setting up a formal meeting, you can use Teams casting to wirelessly connect to a Teams Room and display content from your mobile phone. Users can broadcast their screen and cast content stored locally on their device or accessible via Office 365.
Updates for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Surface Hub
Redesigned Teams Rooms on Surface Hub experience
This next generation of Teams on Surface Hub has been redesigned to bring your favourite features from the desktop into the meeting space. With a new meeting stage, a robust set of meeting controls, and popular features including Together Mode scenes, background noise suppression, chat bubbles, and live reactions, Teams Rooms on Surface Hub enriches collaboration for the hybrid workplace.