New Feature Rollouts
July sees more new features and updates to Teams. Here's the roundup of our favourite Meeting and Webinar features for this month.
Meetings and webinars
The newest update to webinars and meetings is the updated Attendance Dashboard. After finishing a meeting or webinar, organisers can view an attendance report that helps you understand how many registered vs. attended, who attended the meeting, and whether they engaged for all or part of the meeting.
This is now embedded directly within the Teams UI for your reporting and analytics needs. Click on the Attendance tab in your Meeting Details to find the attendee dashboard.
Follow up with webinar participants via Dynamics 365 Marketing
You can now follow up with webinar participants through the attendance tab after a webinar, if as the organiser have a Dynamics 365 Marketing license.
From there, you can export your attendance data into Dynamics 365 Marketing, so you can create customer journeys and send personalised follow-up emails to your webinar attendees.
Lower all raised hands
When at least one hand is raised, meeting organisers and presenters can now lower all raised hands with a single click.
Simply navigate to the participant pane and click on the Lower all hands option. This helps quickly lower all hands when associated questions have been resolved to make way for newly raised questions and makes responding easier for the presenters.
Spotlighting multiple users in a meeting
Organisers and presenters can now spotlight up to 7 participants simultaneously during meetings.
Previously, while an attendee could pin multiple participants for their own private view, only one participant could be spotlighted for all attendees. Once a single participant has been spotlighted, simply click on the context menu of your additional participant(s) and select Add Spotlight.
For meetings that have multiple speakers or presenters, this is great to focus all attendees’ view on those specific video feeds.
The feature is available on both Desktop and Mobile.
Chats sent during a Teams meeting now surface on the screens of all meeting participants, making the chat more central to the conversation. You no longer need to manually open the chat window within a meeting to see what participants are typing.
Helping keep your participants connected throughout the meeting or webinar.
This feature is on by default. To turn off this feature, select Don’t show chat bubbles under more actions.
Inking and Laser Pointer in PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams
Virtual laser pointer and ink annotations are now available in PowerPoint Live.
Presenters can engage more with their audience by drawing attention or clarifying certain sections of the PowerPoint deck. Just as you would use a physical laser point in a room, PowerPoint Live allows you to effectively point at different places in the presentation so the audience can easily follow along with what’s on the slide.
Only the active “in control” presenter is able to see and make annotations via the annotation toolbar.
Updated Large gallery view on Teams mobile
When selecting Large gallery in meetings, Microsoft are introducing a mobile-optimised layout for Teams mobile users that allow you to swipe through all the participants in a meeting.
With up to 10 participants per page on your screen, you can now see all participants clearly on your mobile device.
This is available in iOS 13+ and Android OS 9+ or any version with more than 4GB RAM. All other devices continue to see the current Large gallery experience.
Include device audio when sharing on iOS and Android
Now you can include audio when sharing on iOS and Android devices during a Teams meeting. This is great when sharing a video with voiceover and music. It allows everyone to watch simultaneously without echoes or sync issues. You can find this setting under More actions, Share screen with audio. It is available to devices with Android 10+ or iOS 13+.