New features for meetings, calls, devices, chat and collaboration in Teams announced at Microsoft Ignite. 


In September we saw lots of exciting announcements from Microsoft to improve the Teams experience. We are excited to share new features this month across meetings, calling, devices, chat and collaboration announced over the last few weeks and at Microsoft Ignite.



Together mode scenes


Coming later in 2020 more environments will be available to choose from in a Teams meeting.  Read more about Together Mode in our July update. 




Custom layouts


A more dynamic content viewing experience is coming later this year with custom layouts for presenters. during a meeting presenters will be able to present on top of a customised background, presentation, video or shared screen. 




Breakout rooms


Breakout Rooms allow meeting organisers to split their Teams meeting participants into small groups. Teams facilitates this by assigning participants into a requested number of rooms—whether automatically directing people or prompting them to join. Organisers 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 coauthoring done during the breakout can be shared back to the larger meeting once everyone is back together. Breakout Rooms will be delivered later in October 2020.


Microsoft Teams - Breakout Rooms - Manage



Live event registration and reporting


Live events have been used by the masses and have seen a significant increases in the maximum amount of attendees to 20000! Microsoft are working on making it even easier for organisers to manage attendance with event registration, automated emails and post event detailed reporting. Features are expected to roll out by the end of 2020.




New calling experience


Releasing later in 2020 Microsoft are introducing a streamlined view for the calling experience. Users will be able to view contacts, voicemail and calling history in one view. This will improve the user experience on the platform, making it easier to return or initiate calls. 





Collaborative calling


Microsoft announced the ability to connect a call queue to a channel in Teams, suitable for IT help desks or HR hotlines. TeamsLink is a matured platform with developed features such as ring groups and call queues, as well as so many other features not available from Microsoft directly. The Wavenet portal allows administrators to visually manage and control call flows and queues coming into any business. 


TeamsLink features wavenet_Call Route


New calling plan countries


Microsoft expanded the number of Calling Plan countries from 12 to 16 with the addition of Austria, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Sweden and Switzerland. In comparison, TeamsLink features Calling Plans for over 120 countries! 




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