New Feature Rollouts


November sees some exciting new rollouts for both Meetings and Chat and Collaboration, with the main points being around providing managers with extra controls to ensure the smooth running of meetings and even chat channels.

With a strong focus on the collaborative elements of Teams this month we can look forward to new Whiteboard experiences and more sessions supporting live transcriptions to further foster inclusivity. Here's the roundup of our favourite new features, enhancements and updates for November.


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All-New Whiteboard in Microsoft Teams


Whiteboard in Teams has been completely rebuilt to provide a rich visual collaboration workspace. With 40+ new  templates, the ability to insert images and shapes, and 8 new reactions, you can bring people together in a rich visual collaboration workspace. Insert documents such as PowerPoint presentations and annotate with 15 new pens and highlighter colours to iterate together and bring your ideas to life. Available now in Teams desktop, web, and mobile. 

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Live Transcript in unscheduled meetings using Meet Now and Channel meetings


Live Transcript is now available for unscheduled and Channel Teams meetings. For ad hoc meetings, you will be able to download the transcript from the chat screen after the meeting. For Channel meetings, you can view the transcript under the Recordings and Transcripts tab. To enable this feature, make sure the Allow Transcription policy is turned on.


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Breakout Room managers support


Microsoft has added the ability for a meeting organiser to extend the management of breakout rooms to presenters. By taking control of the breakout rooms management panel, appointed presenters will be able to perform breakout room operations as managers or meeting organisers, and join rooms as a breakout room manager. Only participants who are named as presenters can be appointed as breakout room managers. 


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Breakout room pre-meeting room creation and participant assignment


Organisers can now perform breakout room configurations and participant assignment tasks before the meeting starts via Teams desktop app. You can create rooms in bulk, add or delete individual rooms, configure meeting options, adjust session settings like timer, and pre-assign participants via both manual and automatic assignment options. At this time, only invited attendees - up to 300 participants, will be available for pre-assignment. 


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Presenter mode ‘Standout’ in PowerPoint Live


Presenter mode “Standout” allows you to overlay your video feed on the PowerPoint presentation slide during a Microsoft Teams meeting. The experience works for both PowerPoint Presenter View and PowerPoint SlideShow view. Now you can easily direct your audiences' attention with hand gestures and facial cues while leveraging features such as notes, slide view, and inking. Stay tuned for the next two layouts coming soon on PowerPoint Live: Reporter and Side-by-side. This truly is a more immersive and natural presenting experience.


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Chat supervisors can delete messages


This feature, designed with our Teams for Education users in mind, allows chat supervisors to delete inappropriate, off-topic, or other messages in a Teams chat. It also means that messages that may have been posted in error or are not relevant can easily be removed keeping chats on track.


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Suggested Replies in chats 


Suggested replies present users with up to three recommended responses to choose from in the context of a chat. This functionality speeds up responses, specifically when using the Teams mobile app.


Comment, share, print, and more with Visio Viewer in Microsoft Teams


This capability enables both users with and without a Visio license to complete simple tasks on Visio files stored in Teams, like commenting, sharing, printing, downloading their Visio diagram as an image or PDF, and more—all from within Teams, super powering your collaboration.


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We hope you enjoy using these new features as much as we will, and can't wait to see what's next!



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