New features for meetings, calls, devices, chat and collaboration in Teams. 


In August, we saw Microsoft release updates in Teams improving the meetings experience. We are excited to share new features this month across meetings, calling, devices, chat and collaboration.





Lock video as the main view for all meeting participants, available for meeting presenters and organisers.


Meeting organisers and presenters will be able to lock their video as the main view for all meeting participants. This helps the presenter control the main video feed that a participant sees during the meeting. This is different from “Pin participant”, which allows an individual to pin a video feed for their own view but not for the view of all meeting participants. Spotlight will be available in the next few months.




Real-time presence


Traditionally, Presence was based on a user's identical pattern of work for a consecutive number of minutes. Real-time Presence in Microsoft Teams now changes users' statuses on the app right away, live and without delay.


Presence is part of a user's profile that indicates current availability and status to other users. By default, anyone in your organisation using Teams can see, now in real-time, if other users are available online. This feature enables users to get a real-time view of what their team are doing and whether they are available. 


Presence States in Teams


But does real-time presence impact incoming communication? With the Do Not Disturb status, incoming calls will be routed to voicemail and banner notifications are deactivated. Users can set priority lists which allows them to reach you even with DND turned on. Users can get important notifications while in ‘Do not Disturb’ mode. To set it up, click your profile pic > Settings > Privacy and follow the prompts.



New features available on Teams iOS and Android mobile app


Meetings: Share a PowerPoint file during a call or meeting and view meeting notes on your mobile device.


Calls: Forward incoming calls to your call group or transfer a call immediately. 


Other improvements for mobile: share videos from your device's photo gallery in chat and channel messages and copy a channel's email address to forward emails directly to channels.



Additional features not available from directly 


In addition to the features and functions of Teams from Microsoft directly, Wavenet is constantly innovating to provide additional functionality which is not available from Microsoft directly, such as visual call routes, mask CLI smart agent selection. 


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